September 25, 2009
Back East, I could feel the seasons shift. A slight, chilly wind would bang blinds against opened windows and send me pawing through the closet for an extra blanket. The temperature change also signaled it was time for fall food — pumpkin soup, winter squash and chili. In Southern California, the shift is more shifting the air conditioner to “off” and enjoying fall’s finest under a ceiling fan. And since neither winter squash nor pumpkin soup have permeated local restaurants just yet, I set out to find the tastiest bowl of chili in our neighboring communities.
December 3, 2004
Kim and Bill McComas moved to Sparr Heights 12 years ago when Bill was hired as an associate professor in science education at USC. The couple met when they were both teaching high school in Morristown, Penn. Bill taught a photography class in an adult evening school. Kim took the class while they were dating. Bill claims, "That sealed the deal." As we walked down the halls of the family home, I admired Bill's photographs. They lined the walls outside the bedrooms of the McComas children, Will, 11, and Emily, 9. Both children are students at Fremont Elementary School.
November 26, 2004
Last year, Penny Keaton, award-winning pie maker, let me print her Los Angeles County fair first prize-winning pumpkin pie recipe in time for Thanksgiving. The recipe we published did not include ingredients or directions for the pie crust. Penny had just started a new business, teaching classes in pie baking. Her pie crust ingredients and preparation technique were at the heart of her course. Since then, Penny's business has grown, aided by a local cooking school and an affiliation with King Arthur's flour.