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June 25, 2008
  Tuscan grilled chicken Total time: 40 minutes, plus marinating time Servings: 4 to 6 2 cloves garlic 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed 1/4 cup olive oil 1 (4- to 4 1/2 -pound) chicken Oil for brushing 1. With a mortar and pestle or in a blender, grind the garlic, rosemary, salt and fennel seed. Continue grinding while adding the olive oil to make a coarse paste.
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January 10, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Forget about all the butter we Americans are supposed to be consuming, I'm deep into olive oil practically every meal, lavishing a slab of grilled country bread with the intensely fruity Tuscan oil and sopping up every bit of the remains on my plate. This is from my annual shipment of olio nuovo (new oil) from the Rare Wine Co. in Sonoma. The color is an iridescent jade-chartreuse,  gorgeous to behold. This is olive oil more as food than condiment. I float a thread on winter minestrone or pasta fagioli, eat halved avocados with a drizzle of the oil, dip artichoke leaves in a little dish of olio nuovo . I get my fix every year from the Rare Wine Co., which has been bringing in a selection of new oils from Tuscany for almost 20 years now. This year, after tasting the new oils in November, Rare Wine founder Mannie Berk chose oils from half a dozen wine estates in Tuscany.
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NEWS
February 16, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
You can find all sorts of kale at the market these days, including frilly pastel-colored flowering varieties and rough-edged Russian kale with its red border. But probably the sweetest kale is the one sometimes called Tuscan. Actually, it travels under many names, including black kale, cavalo nero and dinosaur kale (for its dark green, somewhat scaly-looking leaf). In Tuscany, it's sometimes called lacinato . Whatever the name, cook it carefully and this is one great green, with a creamy texture and deep, sweet flavor.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Pop and classical singer Josh Groban has listed his gated house in Malibu at $5.475 million. The crooner put the Tuscan-inspired home up for lease a few years ago at $23,000 a month after it failed to sell at $6.1 million. Perhaps this time around it will hit all the right notes with a buyer. A long brick driveway leads to the multi-level house, which was built in 1976 and sits on 1.8 acres. The mountain-view property includes the main house, a guesthouse, a swimming pool and spa with a waterfall, a lighted tennis court and an outdoor fireplace.
NEWS
October 29, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Spending Christmas in a remote farmhouse doesn't sound particularly inviting, except when that farmhouse sits on a vast winery in Tuscany. Il Borro , an extensive estate owned by the Ferragamo family of fashion fame, makes wine and olive oil, and provides luxury lodgings for guests. It's also the name of the medieval village. Sceptre Tours offers a six-night trip for a minimum of four people that includes a stay in a two-bedroom farm house and a rental car. You can explore the gardens and grounds of the estate and tool around villages from Florence to Siena.
HOME & GARDEN
November 17, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
A 13,500-square-foot estate built on spec in the hills of Tarzana is going to auction. The bank-owned mansion had been priced at $9,775,000 and cost more than $7.5 million to build. The Tuscan-inspired house, designed for entertaining and constructed in 2008, has seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. Overlooking the San Fernando Valley, it sits on 1 1/2 acres of park-like grounds including a tennis court, koi pond with waterfall and covered verandas and patios. The subterranean garage fits 16 cars.
TRAVEL
October 1, 1995
After reading William B. Whitman's article on Gargonza, Italy ("An Ancient Tuscan Village Transformed for Guests," Nov. 15, 1992), my wife and I visited this restored 13th-Century Italian village/hotel/archeological project. It was as charming and interesting as reported. Gargonza is conveniently located in the rolling hills close to Siena, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto and Orvieto and provides a respite to the traffic, crowds and hustle of those Tuscan/Umbrian cities. The famous Chianti wine country is nearby.
FOOD
March 10, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
When a special bottle of red is on the agenda, you can't go wrong with this ripe, sinewy Tuscan from the Montepeloso estate. A blend of Montepulciano with Sangiovese, Marselan and a touch of Alicante Bouschet, "Eneo" has a voluptuous bouquet and tastes of cherries, earth and sweet spices. Complex and elegant, the 2008 will stand out at any dinner party, a beautiful example of Tuscan winemaking from Fabio Chiarelotto. Price: $37 to $50 What it goes with: Break it out for a porchetta or pork roast, for stinco (braised veal shank)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2012 | By Russ Parsons, Tribune Newspapers
Extra Virginity The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil Tom Mueller W.W. Norton: 238 pp., $25.95 In 1985, when I was a fledgling food writer, I got a tip on a big story. A friend had just come back from a winter trip to Tuscany. There had been a freeze, he told me. Not just a little "whoops, we lost some leaves" chill, but a mega-momma that had devastated the region. Olive oil, which was just becoming a part of the American gourmet lexicon, had been particularly hard hit. I reported out the story, calling importers, other experts with contacts in Tuscany, and even olive growers in the region itself.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 1989 | RUTH REICHL
Perhaps having two working restaurants really makes a difference. For Angeli Mare, 13455 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey, (213) 822-1984, not only opened on Monday as scheduled--it opened with a certain smoothness. By Tuesday, when I got there, the place was frighteningly full for a new restaurant, but the food was coming out of the kitchen as if the staff had been together for months. The food is not dramatically different from that at the other Angelis--except in one respect.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Casa de Liones sits behind gates amid old oaks, walking paths and gardens. Built in the late 1920s, the restored and modernized Tuscan-inspired villa maintains its old world charm. Location: 370 Via Florence, Pacific Palisades 90272 Asking price: $9.35 million Year built: 1928 House size: Six bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, 8,500 square feet Lot size: 1.57 acres Features: Step-down living room, wood-beam ceilings, home theater, wine cellar, bar, gym, balconies, verandas, guesthouse/office, art studio, saline swimming pool, spa, four-car garage, ocean and mountain views About the area: In the first half of the year, 170 single-family homes sold in the 90272 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.268 million, according to DataQuick.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2013
Bringing to mind a country estate in Europe, the Tuscan-style Mendenhall Estate sits on acres of landscaped grounds in a gated community. The graceful mansion's high-ceiling living room, master suite and swimming pool take in views of the surrounding mountains and canyons. PHOTOS: The Mendehall Estate in Topanga Location: 21000 Mendenhall Court, Topanga 90290 Asking price: $21.5 million Year built: 2004 House size: Eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 12,000 square feet Lot size: 23 acres Features: Media room, office, wine cellar, children's wing with game room, covered terraces, saline swimming pool, spa, lighted tennis court, soccer field, bocce court, well, solar panels, fruit trees, four-car garage, 35 on-site parking spots, zoned for horses About the area: In the first half of the year, 42 single-family homes resold in the 90290 ZIP Code at a median price of $980,000, according to DataQuick.
FOOD
May 18, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
  The term "Rosso Toscano" usually indicates an inexpensive wine made for everyday drinking. But in this case, the wine is essentially a Super Tuscan, made from a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Not a drop of Sangiovese, but it's unmistakably Tuscan - intense and concentrated, with a seductive tonal palate and enough body and tannic grip to age and evolve. And hard to resist now. This is a great red for barbecue season, with the stuff to stand up to smoke and char.
NEWS
February 16, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
You can find all sorts of kale at the market these days, including frilly pastel-colored flowering varieties and rough-edged Russian kale with its red border. But probably the sweetest kale is the one sometimes called Tuscan. Actually, it travels under many names, including black kale, cavalo nero and dinosaur kale (for its dark green, somewhat scaly-looking leaf). In Tuscany, it's sometimes called lacinato . Whatever the name, cook it carefully and this is one great green, with a creamy texture and deep, sweet flavor.
NEWS
December 12, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Because of their rather tough texture, greens such as kale are often cooked to tenderize them before serving. But gently rubbing a bright vinaigrette onto the cut greens also works to soften their texture, making for a wonderfully fresh salad with crisp, assertive notes. Top it with a few grilled baby carrots for an extra touch of color and you have a finished dish in under 30 minutes.  For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here . Food Editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less.
NEWS
December 3, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
When you're looking for a perfect one-dish meal, look no further than this recipe for Tuscan chicken stew. Chicken thighs are braised with white beans in a light tomato sauce, the stew finished with fresh spinach and lots of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. Best of all? The whole meal comes together in about an hour. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here . Food editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less.
NEWS
December 7, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
In a poem titled “Forte de Marmi,” D.H. Lawrence wrote, “The evening sulks along the shore, "The reddening sun reddens still more "On the blatant bodies of these all-but-naked sea-bathing city people.” This is the Forte dei Marmi of summer, a Tuscan coast resort. But the photo above, submitted by reader Suzanne Levonian of El Cajon, speaks of an entirely different experience, when the sun-seeking tourists have gone home and the population settles back to about 8,000.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2012
Architect Wallace Neff combined elements of Tuscan, Spanish and Mediterranean Revival styles in creating the '20s Gates House. Entered through the original wrought-iron gates, the restored home looks out on the Rose Bowl. Location: 3 Richland Place, Pasadena 91103 Asking price: $2.9 million Year built: 1925 House size: Five bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 5,042 square feet Lot size: 18,619 square feet Features: Den, breakfast bar, living room fireplace, beamed ceiling, restored and original light fixtures, French doors, hardwood floors, laundry room, covered patio, swimming pool, tile roof, detached garage About the area: In the third quarter, 38 single-family homes sold in the 91103 ZIP Code at a median price of $352,000, according to DataQuick.
NEWS
October 29, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Spending Christmas in a remote farmhouse doesn't sound particularly inviting, except when that farmhouse sits on a vast winery in Tuscany. Il Borro , an extensive estate owned by the Ferragamo family of fashion fame, makes wine and olive oil, and provides luxury lodgings for guests. It's also the name of the medieval village. Sceptre Tours offers a six-night trip for a minimum of four people that includes a stay in a two-bedroom farm house and a rental car. You can explore the gardens and grounds of the estate and tool around villages from Florence to Siena.
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