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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1986
"Strawberry Rhubarb," indeed! I refer to your editorial (Feb. 2). It is the simple-minded, presumptive acceptance of the adequacy of laboratory testing and theoretical consideration that led to the use of DES hormone in our pharmacopoeia, and the development of nuclear reactors. It was simply not known how dangerous the drug was going to be to generations yet unborn, and Three Mile Island wasn't supposed to happen. In a similar fashion, it can be unequivocally stated that the long-term effects and mutation of an organism that has not yet developed with the benefits of evolutionary influences must be unknown.
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April 16, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you want to know what a national park smells like, head to Yosemite National Park and inhale. Maybe you'll catch the sweet scent of lupine or the butterscotch aroma of a ponderosa pine. What you are unlikely to smell is wild strawberries -- unless you buy a national park air freshener. Just in time for National Park Week , which starts Saturday, Air Wick has launched new "limited edition scents" named for the Channel Islands , Yosemite and Biscayne national parks and Gulf Islands National Seashore . Yosemite is described as smelling like "wild strawberries fused with soothing mists of mountain rain.
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NEWS
March 16, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
At last the strawberry fields seem to have shaken off the winter's cold. Now they are back to what they do best: pumping out berries like there's no tomorrow. Probably the best varieties are old favorites Chandler, Gaviota or Seascape -- taste and see which seems better from that farmer on that day. How to choose: Choosing good strawberries is pretty simple: your nose will know. Sniff around until you find a stand where the berries smell so good you can't resist. That's all there is to it, though you should also check the bottom of the basket to make sure the berries haven't gone over the hill and started leaking.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2013 | By David Pierson
Walk past the signs for Krispy Kreme sloppy joes. Head toward the massive servings of curly fries. Turn left at the stall for chocolate-covered bacon. Out on the edge of the L.A. County fairgrounds in Pomona is a 1-acre space packed with Mother Nature's answer to extreme food. There you might find the Australian finger lime, a pickle-shaped green citrus whose pulp looks like golden caviar. Nearby is the Buddha's hand plant, whose tentacled fruit dangles from its spiny branches like a canary-colored octopus.
FOOD
February 13, 2008
Total time: 45 minutes Servings: 8 Note: Adapted from "Desserts by the Yard. " Yard prefers Chaokoh brand coconut milk. 1 (13 1/2 -ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk 1 1/2 pounds strawberries 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest 1/4 cup fresh orange juice 1 cup heavy cream 1. In a medium heavy-bottom saucepan, bring the coconut milk to a boil, stirring occasionally.
FOOD
June 14, 2006
Total time: 15 minutes, plus several hours macerating time Servings: 4 Note: From 25 Degrees. Vanilla paste is available at Surfas in Culver City, Sur La Table and Williams-Sonoma stores. Strawberries macerated with rum 1 cup sugar 3 cups strawberries, quartered 2 tablespoons vanilla paste or 1 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise and seeds scraped 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1/2 cup dark rum Pinch of salt Combine the sugar, strawberries, vanilla paste, lemon juice, rum and salt with one-half cup of water.
FOOD
June 12, 2013
  Total time: 40 min. 4 pints strawberries, rinsed and hulled 1/4 cup sugar 10 shortcakes 2 cups whipping cream, whipped Cut strawberries in half and toss with sugar. Set aside 1/2 hour. Split each Shortcake while still warm. Spoon plenty of strawberries over bottom of each shortcake, top with generous spoonful of whipped cream and set top half of Shortcake on top. Makes 10 servings. Each serving contains about: 380 calories; 263 mg sodium; 82 mg cholesterol; 25 grams fat; 36 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams protein; 0.70 gram fiber.
FOOD
March 24, 2012
  Total time: 1 hour Servings: 8 Note: Adapted from a recipe in "Neue Cuisine: The Elegant Tastes of Vienna" by Kurt Gutenbrunner. He calls for a nonstick pan, though a classic crepe pan works well too. The unfilled crepes can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 3 days. 1 pound (about 3 cups) strawberries, quartered lengthwise 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided 1/3 cup flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk 2 eggs 2 tablespoons butter, melted, plus softened butter, for brushing 1 cup heavy cream 3/4 cup quark (mascarpone or crème fraîche can be substituted)
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
With strawberries showing up in the market now, how do you know what to look for? Here are some tips on choosing, storing and using berries, courtesy of Food Editor Russ Parsons: Choose the best berries by aroma, not color or size. The flavor of strawberries is complex; only by sniffing around will you be able to get the best. Once you've found the ones that smell the sweetest, check the underside of the box to make sure there's no spoilage. Store strawberries at room temperature for as long as possible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1997
Re "Outbreaks Called Rare but 'Inevitable,' " April 3: I was very interested in some of the quotes from officials concerning the recent unfortunate outbreak of hepatitis associated with strawberries. As the director of food safety for a major corporation, my staff has traveled worldwide in search of safe food sources for our customers. We have seen very primitive personal hygiene standards in many countries in Asia, South America, Central America and Mexico. In fact, last July I decided not to inspect the processor in San Diego associated with this outbreak because I could not approve Mexican strawberries as a cheaper alternative to our approved-U.
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August 28, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Rubens at the Palace hotel recently unveiled one of the largest "living walls" in London, a 3,770-square-foot vertical garden on the side of its building that features buttercups, strawberries, lavender and even geraniums. The idea is to create a little ecosystem with flowers blooming year-round and one designed to draw bees, butterflies and birds to the urban spot sure to become a landmark. The vertical garden is packed with 16 tons of soil and 10,000 ferns and plants. The wall takes up part of the Palace at 39 Buckingham Palace Road and sister property 41 , both in the Victoria area right near Buckingham Palace.
FOOD
August 2, 2013
  Strawberry-rhubarb stained-glass cookies Total time: 3 hours Servings: About 20 cookies Note: From Mary Ellen Rae in the Times Test Kitchen. Make the jam ahead so it can chill. The cookies can be stored airtight for several days in the refrigerator. Jam 1 cup diced rhubarb 1 cup diced strawberries 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon cornstarch 2 teaspoons water 1. Combine the rhubarb, strawberries and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat until the fruit softens and breaks down, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
NEWS
July 31, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
President Obama joked on Monday that "It's OK to have a hot dog once in a while" after announcing that the first edible garden at a "major American sports facility" will open next season at AT&T Park in San Francisco. "With rows of kale and strawberries and eggplant, the Giants are going to help encourage local youth to eat healthy -- even at the ballpark," Obama said during a White House ceremony honoring the San Francisco Giants as 2012 World Champions.   The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the 3,000-square-foot organic garden will be planted behind center field and will include hydroponic troughs, concrete planters and green trellises with vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit.
FOOD
June 18, 2013
  Rhubarb-strawberry sorbet Note: Rhubarb and strawberries unite in a delicious sorbet with results that yield a refreshing treat for a warm summer's night. It's a cool way to end a meal. Total time: 20 minutes, plus freezing time Servings: Makes 1 1/2 quarts Note: Adapted from David Lebovitz's "The Perfect Scoop. " If your rhubarb stalks are more than an inch wide, slice them in half lengthwise. 3/4 pound rhubarb (5 or 6 thin stalks), trimmed 3/4 cup sugar 10 ounces fresh strawberries (about 1 1/2 cups)
FOOD
June 12, 2013
Note: New York chef Larry Forgione says that when James Beard first tasted Forgione's strawberry shortcake, the food guru pronounced: "There can be no dessert better, only fancier. " After tasting Forgione's shortcake for ourselves, we had to agree. Most of us said we'd never tasted a better shortcake. The secret: hard-boiled egg yolk mixed into the dough. The recipe comes from Forgione's cookbook "An American Place" (William Morrow: 1996, $30), which was chosen as one of our favorite cookbooks of 1996.
FOOD
June 7, 2013 | By David Karp
This week may be the best of the year for high-flavored fruit that's worth a special trip to local farmers markets, because it's almost never available elsewhere. Start with boysenberries, whose rich, complex, sweet-tart flavor reflects their ancestry, part raspberry, part trailing blackberry. To be at their best, they must be picked dead-ripe, when they're too soft and perishable for supermarkets, and even at farmers market just a few vendors take the trouble. Look for containers in which all or most of the berries are deep purple, indicating full ripeness; less ripe berries are better for baking or making preserves.
NEWS
January 14, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Younger women who ate at least three servings per week of strawberries or blueberries reduced their likelihood of suffering a heart attack by one-third compared with their sisters who incorporated fewer of the colorful berries into their diet, a new study says. The berry benefit was sufficiently strong that it held even after researchers adjusted for age, high blood pressure, family history of heart attack, body-mass index, exercise, smoking, and caffeine or alcohol intake. Researchers suggested that a group of dietary flavenoids called anthocyanins, which give blueberries and strawberries their jewel-like colors, may be responsible for the health benefits seen in the study's large sample of subjects.
OPINION
May 7, 2013
Re "A field day - not," Column One, May 3 Hector Becerra's article on his day as a farm worker picking strawberries reminded me of a similar article I read many years ago on complaints that immigrants were stealing jobs from American vegetable pickers. In the article, none of the Americans in these jobs lasted very long. The complaints were the same then: aching backs and muscles. And the complaints about immigrants today are also the same. Let's have a guest-worker program and reduce the number of illegal immigrants in this country.
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