In Season: Summer Fruit Desserts

Los Angeles Times: Salads, crisps, tarts, and other things to do with sweet summer fruit.


Cucumber Etiquette 101

A Los Angeles Times reader seeks guidance for her cucumber-sharing conundrum.


am·bi·ent ice cream

am·bi·ent ice cream (noun): An environmentally-friendly version of ice cream that can save energy by being distributed and sold at room temperature (and then frozen at home).

Ice cream cone The Times of London reported on August 24, 2009, that Unilever, the owner of Ben & Jerry’s and other ice cream brands, was developing a “low-carbon” product:

Unilever hopes that a product sold at room temperature will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ice cream is one of the company’s more energy-intensive products because of the need to keep it frozen during transport and storage. . . .

A spokesman for Unilever said that warm, or so-called ambient, ice cream was a “very interesting idea” but one that posed tough challenges that its scientists were trying to solve. “The key question which has yet to be fully answered is: how do you ensure that, when the ambient ice cream is frozen at home it will have the right microstructure to produce a fantastic consumer experience?”

However, Unilever denied it was developing any such product in an article published today on "A spokesperson for Unilever told today that ambient ice cream is “something we are aware of, but we have no plans to develop this kind of product”. He declined to give details of any research or progress in the industry at large, but said the R&D ice cream specialists are “aware of all sorts of ideas."


FTC Takes on Bud Light College Sports Campaign

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV is coming under fire from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for a marketing campaign that features Bud Light cans decorated with college-team colors. The FTC is concerned that the campaign could encourage underage and binge drinking.


LAPD Cracks Down on Food Trucks

Following complaints from area businesses, the Los Angeles Police Department initiated a crackdown on food trucks parked along the "Miracle Mile" stretch of Wilshire Boulevard. Citations were issued to the mobile vendors for "illegal vending."


Mastering the Art of French Cooking Rises to #1

Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which got a gig boost in sales from the film "Julie & Julia," will debut next week at #1 on the New York Times best-seller list in the "advice and how-to" category.


Obama Drops Hint of a White House Farmers Market

Obamamarket Fresh peas on Pennsylvania Avenue? Could a farmers market be coming to the White House?

According to remarks made by President Barack Obama at yesterday's Organizing for America health care forum, the creation of a small farmer's market is being considered just outside of the White House:

"So, you know, Michelle set up that garden in the White House.  One of the things that we're trying to do now is to figure out, can we get a little farmer's market outside of the White House -- I'm not going to have all y'all just tromping around -- (laughter) -- but right outside the White House so that we can -- and that is a win-win situation.  It gives suddenly D.C. more access to good, fresh food, but it also is this enormous potential revenue maker for local farmers in the area.  And those kids of connections can be made all throughout the country and has to be part of how we think about health."

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So You Want to Start Your Own Food Truck?

The Wall Street Journal briefs prospective food truck entrepreneurs on how they can get into the mobile food business.


A Jeremy Piven Mercury Update

Jeremy Piven, who backed out of a Broadway show claiming he had mercury poisoning from eating too much sushi, says that after going cold turkey on sushi for 11 months his mercury levels "have gone down from just below 60 to 3 now. I feel like a different person."