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Morning headlines: The best neighbor ever, ramps have arrived, get out the vote and more

April 14, 2010 | 11:28 am

-- I want Tim Artz to move to my neighborhood: The Washington Post profiles Artz, who has a hectic full-time job but still spends 15 to 20 hours a week on cooking projects such as baking bread, tending bees, making cheeses, bacon and pickled everythings, and bottling his own signature hot sauce. And he likes to share. He's his recipe for spiced pear walnut galette.

-- Time magazine proclaims ramps the new arugula.

-- SOLD: The New York Times presents crispy duck as something approaching healthful fare. (If it's a salad it's healthful, right?)

-- Read, drool, vote: Here's a handy rundown of the three writing finalists for the James Beard Foundation's “Magazine Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs.” While a panel of judges will decide who wins, you get to vote in a readers choice poll over at Delights & Prejudices.

-- Mmmm. Now I want a banana split. Check out CNN's story about a plethora of museums dedicated to fruits and vegetables. This raises the question: Would you go out of your way to visit the new banana museum? 

-- Rene Lynch
On Twitter @renelynch

Photo: File photo of ramps at the Santa Monica farmers market