| Jan 22, 2013
| 10:29 PM
In winter, there’s nothing more comforting than a warm, meltingly tender bowl of beans — whether as soup, side dish or cassoulet.
The best starting point for those meals is dried beans, one of the most frugal items at the grocery store and...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 11:24 PM
The latter part of January and the first 10 days of February are exciting times for Holtville. Saturday, the city of Holtville will welcome visitors from all over the county, and snowbirds from all around the country and Canada to celebrate the ever...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 4:30 PM
If it's winter, I must be cooking broccoflower. I picked some up at the grocery the other day because, frankly, our vegetable larder of turnips, rutabagas, kale and beets is starting to freak me out. Plus, I can never resist the lime-green color of...
| Jan 26, 2013
Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes, plus marinating time
Note: Adapted from "Vietnamese Home Cooking" by Charles Phan. Rau ram, also known as Vietnamese coriander and hot mint, is available at Vietnamese and many Asian markets. Fish sauce is...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 11:30 PM
HOLTVILLE — Thousands are expected to turn out for the 66th annual Holtville Carrot Festival next week.
“Everybody always has fun; it’s a real blast!” event coordinator and Holtville Chamber of Commerce Executive Secretary Dana...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 1:27 PM
In a recent interview with Wired Magazine, a man named Tim O'Reilly said, "I don't really give a (censored because this is a family newspaper) if literary novels go away. They're an elitist pursuit."
What Tim O'Reilly says matters because Tim O'Reilly...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 2:07 PM
It's winter. Time to try new ideas for getting vegetables in your children.
I know what parents go through to get kids to eat vegetables. I was a kid once, and I hated finding vegetables I didn't like hidden in my food. I love pizza, but if a pizza had...
| Jan 29, 2013
Split pea soup was a favorite during my college days -- inexpensive, filling and straightforward to prepare. I liked to add smoked bacon and lots of carrots. I may not be a college girl anymore, but I still feel the same way about split soup -- it's a...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 8:57 AM
"I am a child stuck between two countries," says 15-year-old Fang "Jenni" Lee in the insightful new documentary "Somewhere Between." Adopted at age 5 and raised in Berkeley, Calif., she is one of roughly 80,000 girls who have come to the U.S. since...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 12:16 PM
Hai Ky Pho Ga, which opened just a few weeks ago, brings Vietnamese cuisine to the commercial corridor of MacArthur Road in Whitehall Township. The restaurant features an extensive menu of exotic-sounding dishes, many of them more recognizable than...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 1:05 AM
FARGO, N.D. - Please keep your forks out of my broccoli, I said to my teenage son and daughter while we enjoyed a family meal in a restaurant. They grinned at me and proceeded to steal the dark green vegetables from my plate.
We need to review some...