June 26, 1994 |
It's not a fruit, but the exterior resembles a small, yellow watermelon. It's not pasta, yet run a fork through the cooked interior and the flesh releases in spaghetti-like strands. Vegetable spaghetti, or spaghetti squash is a cross between soft-skinned and hard-shelled squash varieties, so it doesn't even fit neatly into the squash family. But it does blend nicely into dinner menus and may be substituted for pasta by those on wheat-free diets.
July 27, 1986 |
Backyard gardeners with a plot full of tomato plants are the lucky ones this time of year. When picked at the peak of perfection, a freshly harvested crimson tomato has an almost decadently delicious taste. The commercial fruit (although considered a vegetable, the tomato is botanically a fruit) rarely achieve the still-warm-from-the-sun flavor of home-grown specimens.
July 31, 2005 |
While my mother's French cousins were visiting her in Denver before traveling on to California, they expressed a desire to see Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. With a tenuous grasp of geography, Mom offered my services as a tour guide, telling Tomy and Janine that from Santa Monica (where I live), Las Vegas is only a three-hour drive and the Grand Canyon just a couple of hours beyond.
HOME & GARDEN
September 10, 1994 |
Bougainvillea. It's hard to beat the bright or iridescent red, orange or newer pastel hues of this tropical vine. Bougainvillea is frost-tender and needs to be protected inland. Hard frost can kill canes, but frequently cutting back will regenerate the plant. Mandevilla. Produces large, showy flowers. One of the most popular is Alice du Pont. Glossy dark green leaves and flowers from early spring through fall make this a popular plant.
May 9, 2002 |
Joining the growing parade of raw, stripped-down rock bands (the Strokes, the White Stripes, the Hives, etc.), the Vines played the requisite big-buzz show at a jampacked Troubadour on Tuesday, showcasing songs from its debut album, "Highly Evolved," which will be released in July by Capitol Records. Well in step with rock's new austerity, the Australian quartet distills three decades of guitar noise into stark bursts of melodic energy.
HOME & GARDEN
May 26, 2005
Re "Clambering for Attention" [May 12]: Can you tell us where we might be able to find the plant that's pictured, the Mexican flame vine? The vine sounds fabulous, and the colors are what we are looking for. Bobbe Kahn Dana Point Editor's note: If finding the vine at a local nursery proves difficult, Lili Singer advises ordering online. She suggests www.kartuz.com/floweringvines.html; scroll down to Senecio confusus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1996 |
The little vineyard looks like a place where a thousand starvelings have been crucified. In the late-November dusk, as storm clouds form a phantom mountain range above the adjacent hills, the young cabernet sauvignon vines seem dead. Their withered, brown arms are flung out along trellises and tied down with thin strips of green plastic. They vibrate in the hard wind. But they're not dead, just sleeping--exhausted, as might be expected of 3-year-olds who have had to work all summer.
September 27, 1992 |
A lot of the fun of John and Terry Poplawski's flower-filled street garden in Woodland Hills lies in trying to guess what unfolds beyond its vine-topped gate. So dense and colorful are the blooming heaps and drifts of the public beds that it's hard to think how the inner sanctum could be any more seductive.