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November 13, 2010 | By Ariel Swartley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
She's an unlikely traffic stopper: hefty, over 50, her complexion a grassy green and yellow. But, David Aikens says, people driving past his Inglewood store often stop to ogle this voluptuously contoured gas stove, manufactured at the beginning of the baby boom era. According to Aikens, the stove's restorer, lust for these Midcentury beauties is found not only among cooks, who appreciate the heat-retaining properties of their cast-iron burners and...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2010 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
Ten students were injured inside a Torrance classroom Friday when a gas-operated, portable stove exploded, and authorities are trying to determine whether the school has a permit for the device. The explosion at North High School occurred during a lunchtime fundraiser for UNICEF, said Tammy Khan, a spokeswoman for the Torrance Unified School District. Students were cooking for the fundraiser when the accident occurred. Investigators with the Torrance Fire Department believe the cause of the fire was related to gas leaking from a butane or propane canister used to heat one of three portable stoves used in the classroom, said Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2009 | Tony Perry
A Mexican restaurant in this border town is drawing the curious and the faithful to see what some believe is a likeness of the Virgin Mary that appeared miraculously on a griddle. A cook at Las Palmas restaurant was the first to see the image. "She started to cry and didn't want to clean the griddle anymore," said Brenda Martinez, who manages the family-owned restaurant.
HOME & GARDEN
April 18, 2009 | Jeff Spurrier
When the third annual Earth Hour arrived in March, people in nearly 4,000 cities in 88 countries turned off their lights for an hour. At Cassandra and Danny Campbell's home in Valley Glen, Earth Hour comes once a week -- and it lasts all night. Thursday has become the family's No Lights Night, meaning candles and oil lamps only. They leave the fridge on but try not to open the door -- because there's a light inside.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Several types of outdoor stoves are being recalled, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the stoves' manufacturers or importers. About 15,000 Personal Cooking Systems and Group Cooking Systems, made in the U.S. by Jetboil Inc. of Manchester, N.H., are being recalled because a tight valve attached to the stove's fuel source can allow gas to leak, posing a fire hazard. The recalled models include Personal Cooking Systems in black (PBL075-BLK) and camo (PBL075-CAMO)
FOOD
November 12, 2008
I grew up in Boston with roasting chestnuts, so I know firsthand about their delicious flavor and of course how to prepare them. The Italians in our family score the nut only once across the round belly. It is usually a score that is more than halfway across the nut. When it is fully cooked, the outer shield folds in half, exposing the nut. Some nuts, because of their shape, are difficult to open no matter how you cook them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein and Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday demanded an immediate investigation into why a 5-year-old South Los Angeles boy suffered "unbearable" abuse for two years without detection by authorities or social service agencies. And, on the same day, Los Angeles police announced the arrest of a third suspect in the case -- a 26-year-old babysitter who they say disfigured the boy's hands by burning them on a stove.
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