May 20, 2010
Squid carbonara Total time: About 1 hour Servings: 2 Note: Adapted from Ludo Lefebvre. To cut lardons, cut the pancetta into one-half-inch-thick slices. Cut each slice crosswise into one-half-inch-thick strips and trim so each lardon is one inch in length. Lefebvre uses an immersion circulator to cook the eggs, but poached eggs are called for here. Parmesan sauce 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons chicken broth 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese In a medium pot over medium-high heat, reduce the chicken broth and heavy cream by three-fourths.
March 14, 2010 |
It's not enough to be illustrated and funny anymore: These days, animation is a place for subversion and hidden meaning. It's also the place for overt political posturing: Since "The West Wing" went off the air, liberalism and conservatism have been largely absent from television as prominent story lines or attributes. Live action television starring humans, that is. When the characters are drawn, partisan knives come out, even if the results often fizzle like ABC's "The Goode Family." And yet this climate comes with its own oppressions: Shows begin as clever by default rather than by design.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2010 |
In what could be the ultimate marine smack-down, great white sharks off the California coast may be migrating 1,600 miles west to do battle with creatures that rival their star power: giant squids. A series of studies tracking this mysterious migration has scientists rethinking not just about what the big shark does with its time but also about what sort of creature it is. Few sea denizens match great white sharks and giant squids in primitive mystique. Both are the subject of popular mania; both are inscrutable.
February 13, 2010 |
Jumbo squids invaded Orange County late last month. The 10-limbed creatures, weighing up to 60 pounds, swarmed the waters near Newport Beach, and anglers delighted at the prospect of calamari steaks. Bruce Robison, senior scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, talked about the life of squids and why we shouldn't be afraid of these marine cephalopods. Why did this invasion happen in Orange County? There has been a large-scale invasion of the entire California coast that started in 2002.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2010 |
Braedon Flynn got the text Friday from his friend Ryan Lawlor: Jumbo squid had invaded the waters off Newport Beach. Flynn, a Newport Beach native who had been around fishing all his life, had never encountered the oversized creatures. Lawlor, who'd tangled with them a few years ago off San Diego, promised to call Flynn if the squid ever made it to Newport Beach. So Flynn and Lawlor grabbed fishing rods Saturday night and jumped on a private boat with a third buddy, trailing a commercial vessel that was using sonar to locate the squid population.
March 25, 2009
Re "No-fishing plan spawns debate," March 20 I hope everyone read the last sentence of The Times' article on marine reserves in Southern California. Bill Bushing, a marine ecologist, said that "it's not reserves that will ruin local economies, it's overfishing." The mere thought of empty oceans should be enough to terrify us into establishing marine reserves. Our expansive and consumptive ways have driven many species into extinction. With some fish populations down by as much as 95% in recent years, marine-life extinction is distinctly possible.
March 29, 2008 |
The razor-sharp beaks that giant squids use to attack might one day lead to improved artificial limbs for people. That deadly beak has long puzzled scientists, who wondered how a creature without any bones could wield it without hurting itself. Researchers at UC Santa Barbara reported Friday in the journal Science that they have an explanation.
October 28, 2007 |
For many pet lovers, a vacation wouldn't be complete without their dog or cat beside them. But taking a pet on a plane can be tricky. Negotiating the maze of travel restrictions, which vary widely from airline to airline, is daunting. Many carriers allow small dogs or cats to ride under the seat in front of you; others don't. Some will take a large dog in the cargo hold in a kennel. Other airlines won't allow pets, period.