May 11, 2013 |
Dear SOS: On a trip up the coast of Maine, we found a wonderful bakery in Portland called Standard Baking Co. Everything was delicious, but my husband declared the oatmeal cookies the best he'd ever had, and we made a special detour on the return route to buy more cookies. I'd love it if you could obtain their recipe, so I could surprise him with a batch. Helene Morrison Arroyo Grande Dear Helene: If I didn't know how easy they were to make, I'd plan a vacation in the area just so I could get my fix of these cookies.
April 29, 2013 |
Monday may be the least-loved day of the week, but at least it brings some Twitter #MeatlessMonday fun. Kale and sweet potatoes are just a few of the vegetable stars that were shared during Monday morning's #Weekendeats chat on Twitter. Here are the highlights: Susan Orlins highlighted kale with five recipes including kale chips, sauteed kale, kale sandwiches, kale lasagna and a green smoothie. Jessica Chirstensen from City Tavern in Culver City also kept things green with a whole lot of guacamole . Shulie Madnick from the blog FoodWanderings.com made some oven-baked sweet potato fries, and JFranziska on Twitter shared a photo of her roasted sweet potato and figs . PHOTOS: 139 of the latest recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen Rebecca O'Brien shared a picture of her spicy Thai lentil soup with a salad; Sarah Simmis, also known as LaFemmeEpicure, shared a photo of her spring crudites and hummus ; and the Adirondack Chick shared a photo of a monster veggie burger and a recipe for her summer pasta salad . For dessert, try a sweet-potato-and-nutmeg cake with icing from Alice Good of ABCooking.com or take a look at Remil, a.k.a.
HOME & GARDEN
April 27, 2013 |
First time on the market in 24 years. Good bones. Needs TLC. Alas, this was not realty. It was reality, smacking me in the face. Several months after the end of a 20-year marriage to my college sweetheart, I was ready to date. I told my friends. The first call came as I was headed to a movie. "I have somebody for you," she said. "He's tall. " To her, this was a crucial attribute because I'm tall. Unusually tall. When I was confirmed in the sixth grade, I was taller than the bishop - with his hat. Truth be told, I wasn't concerned.
April 23, 2013 |
The Cinco de Mayo holiday is celebrated throughout the United States and Mexico with various fiestas, but only in Los Cabos, Mexico, will celebrants eat, drink and make merry this year with a 492-foot-long pan dulce. The giant confection, containing 600 eggs, 441 pounds of flour and 99 pounds of sugar, is being baked by chef Manuel de Luca to mark the relaunching of the De Cortez Restaurant at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort . “We embrace the challenge of finding new ways - like this pan dulce - to surprise and delight our guests,” said Renato Mendonca, general manager of the resort, adding that the plan is to serve the iced sweet bread ”with hot chocolate, of course.” The pan dulce -- a chewy, Mexican bread with a sweet, decorative topping - will be served to hotel guests, Cabo visitors and the community. The beachfront Sheraton Hacienda del Mar resort has five restaurants and five bars, four infinity and cascading swimming pools, the Cactus Spa and Fitness Center , and a wedding chapel. De Cortez Restaurant is relaunching with an updated look and menu.
April 22, 2013 |
It may be the most heartfelt ovation Neil Diamond has ever received. One of the legendary singer's best-known songs, "Sweet Caroline", has served as an unofficial anthem for the Boston Red Sox the last several seasons. It is played during the eighth inning of every home game, with fans coming to their feet and singing along. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings last Monday, and after the two people allegedly responsible for the bombings were found, many Red Sox fans were looking forward to the game Saturday against the Kansas City Royals.
April 21, 2013 |
There's a musical tradition when the eighth inning arrives at Fenway Park -- the playing of a recording of Neil Diamond singing "Sweet Caroline. " Since 2002, Red Sox fans have grown accustomed to hearing Diamond's voice: Hands, touching hands Reaching out, touching me, touching you It's an appropriate sentiment for a city reeling from the Boston Marathon bombings. And on Saturday, the 72-year-old composer and singer decided to deliver the message in person. Diamond flew to Boston, calling officials at Fenway Park about 40 minutes before the first pitch to say he was in the city.
April 19, 2013 |
In the aftermath of Monday's deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon, sports teams have been playing Neil Diamond's “Sweet Caroline” in efforts to give solace to those affected by the tragedy. “What resonates for me tonight is the way music can offer comfort to people in times of joy or sorrow,” Diamond, 72, told The Times on his way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Thursday night in L.A. “Tonight there are so many people getting awards, and sometimes you sense the questions 'Why are we doing this?
April 17, 2013 |
The New York Yankees paid tribute to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings by playing the Fenway Park favorite "Sweet Caroline" at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. The song has been featured at Boston Red Sox home games since 2002. The Yankees played the Neil Diamond hit after the third inning against Arizona. Yankees fans sang along, and some people in the crowd wore Red Sox caps and jerseys. Diamond himself took to Twitter to thank the Yankees. Thank you NY Yankees for playing 'Sweet Caroline' for the people of Boston.
April 17, 2013
Writers from around the Tribune Co. reveal their favorite baseball singing traditions. Feel free to share yours in the comment section. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times I'm old-school, so my favorite singing tradition at baseball games is "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch. It reminds me of going to games when I was a kid and, more important, of singing it with my son when he was young. Just don't ask me to sing it now. You'll wind up hating the song forever But in the non-traditional song category I have to go with "Sweet Caroline.
April 14, 2013 |
It's difficult to know when to buy an airline ticket and when to wait. Some sites offer to guide you on the timing of your purchase. I recently examined the fare prognostication tools used by Kayak and Bing, which advise travelers whether to buy plane tickets while searching those websites or to wait. Both sites use data from scores of past searches to predict whether you're finding a fare at its lowest point or whether it may fall. I examined 10 random routes and dates of travel, and the companies were generally united on their predictions, with one exception: For a hypothetical trip from Los Angeles to Portland, Ore., in mid-April, Bing and Kayak both brought back the same fare - $178 on both Delta and Alaska airlines - but differed in their recommendations.