Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
Above, Chef Wyman's recipes for Thanksgiving, 1928. And thanks to Mary McCoy of This Book Is for You and On Bunker Hill for the tip.
Thanksgiving Family Secrets
What's Bread in the Coffee Can
By CHARLES PERRY,
TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most of my family was living in California by the 1880s, and their various culinary heritages--New England, Southern and Midwestern--had begun to take on a uniform Californian quality by the time I was on the scene. But not my Perry grandfather, the only one of my grandparents not born out here. He came from a rather New England-y part of upstate New York, where Perrys westering in from Massachusetts had been thick on the ground since the early 18th Century, and a mere 60 years of living in California hadn't altered his tastes.
The rest of the Thanksgiving meal was a menu a lot of people would recognize: turkey with sage stuffing, cranberry preserves, mashed potatoes, candied yams (possibly due to my Southern grandmother's influence), succotash, green and Jell-O salads, corn bread and hot rolls. But for Granddad's sake, we always had brown bread.
Insofar as people outside New England know of brown bread, they think of it as something to make canapes and cream cheese sandwiches with, and possibly to eat with baked beans. To Granddad, and consequently to us, it was a bread--a dark, sweet, dessert-like bread you ate at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Brown bread is more like an English steamed pudding than an oven bread. The traditional shape is cylindrical, because for many decades people have usually steamed it in an empty coffee can, rather than a pudding mold.
One theory is that New Englanders invented brown bread because they couldn't make an English risen loaf with cornmeal, and wheat often didn't do as well in the local climate as rye. Meanwhile, New Englanders always had a lot of molasses on hand due to their trade contacts with the Caribbean, so why not make pudding?
For Thanksgiving Grandmother often made her own starchy brown pudding from graham flour, which was like a cross between brown bread and fruitcake. When both were served at the same meal, we sometimes felt we'd reached the limit of how much dense, spongy, sweet brown stuff a person could eat. But it wouldn't have been Thanksgiving without brown bread.
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President-elect Barack Obama has asked former Sen. Tom Daschle
to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services, and the
South Dakota Democrat has accepted the offer.
Daschle Finds Himself in Another Tight Spot
Profile: No stranger to slim victories, his new role will tax his skills as a coalition builder. Even rivals had kind words.
Friday May 25, 2001
By NICK ANDERSON,
TIMES STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Daschle, soon to become the nation's highest-ranking Democrat as leader of a razor-thin Senate majority, should be expert by now at squeezing the most power from the barest of margins.
The South Dakotan won his first race for Congress in 1978 in a manner that President Bush might appreciate--by a mere 110 votes after a hand recount and a yearlong legal dispute that reached the state Supreme Court.
He won a contest for Senate minority leader in 1994 on a 24-23 vote of his Democratic peers--and one of his backers bolted soon afterward to the Republicans.
Now Daschle will become Senate majority leader when Sen. James M. Jeffords of Vermont quits the Republican column in coming days to become an independent, giving Democrats a breathtakingly precarious edge: 50-49-1.
A New Role for Capitol Insider
Having pulled off a stunning coup with the Jeffords defection, Daschle will move into a new role that will tax his considerable skills as a Capitol insider: building legislative coalitions with Republicans loyal to Bush.
The man he edged out in 1994 for the party leadership said Daschle can do it.
"This will be a seamless move for him," said Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.). "He's respected and thought of very kindly by Republicans."
Dodd predicted Daschle would be in the mold of former Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. (R-Tenn.), a well-regarded majority leader during the 1980s. For Baker, Dodd said, "the party came second and the Senate came first."
Most Republicans, naturally, were not rushing to praise Daschle on an extraordinary day when their majority had been pulled out from under them. But some had kind words for him.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a maverick, said he has "a close personal relationship" with Daschle and praised his "fairness." Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas) called him "able." And Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) said: "I think Tom has real potential in being a good majority leader. . . . Essentially, he's a fair-minded man."
Daschle's ascension also is sure to intensify speculation about his prospects as a presidential candidate. He has not scotched such talk, while insisting his focus is on building his base in the Senate.
Daschle, 53, a native of Aberdeen, S.D., is a liberal populist who is married to a Washington lobbyist. He served four terms in the House after his close 1978 election, then won his Senate seat in 1986.
He became a protege of former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-Maine). When Mitchell announced his retirement in 1994, Daschle vaulted from being a relatively little-known Senate insider to becoming the chamber's top link to the Clinton administration.
This January, Daschle served for 17 days as majority leader when the new 50-50 Senate convened before George W. Bush became president and his vice president, Dick Cheney, became the tie-breaking vote. Now Daschle will have the majority post for more than a brief turn--assuming that none of the 50 Democratic-held seats change hands soon.
Position Powerful, but Misunderstood
The position Daschle is about to attain is powerful but often misunderstood.
Unlike the speaker of the House, who has vast authority to dictate what legislation may reach the floor and when, the Senate majority leader is forced by the chamber's rules and customs to consult frequently with the opposing party.
What's more, major legislation in the Senate usually requires a 60-vote super-majority to cut off debate--meaning neither the Democrats nor the Republicans in this Congress can roll past the other party without gaining a significant amount of crossover support.
But the majority leader does have one privilege that elevates him above the other 99 senators: The right to speak first in a given session.
That right enabled Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), the current majority leader, to control the timing of debate on Bush's tax cut and other priority legislation for the new administration. Now Daschle will be able to steer debate toward Democratic goals.
Daschle, in a telephone interview Thursday, said he hoped to encourage Senate proceedings that would give Democrats and Republicans the chance to offer the full range of amendments they want--something akin to the freewheeling debate on campaign finance reform that drew national attention two months ago.
He also said the close margins of victory in his career's key contests have honed his political skills.
"I really believe it's made me a better politician and made me a better leader," Daschle said. "What it has done is force me to listen and be sensitive to people who may not hold my view initially--and to be inclusive and to recognize that I've got to build my base, build out from whatever core base I have. That has been therapeutic for me."
Building his base by one seat in the 50-50 Senate--the Jeffords defection from the GOP--was an amazing stroke. A Senate source familiar with the move credited Daschle for being one of the senior Democrats who wooed Jeffords but also for giving the wavering Republican enough breathing room to make his own decision.
Daschle "simply reached out without asking the question," the source said. "He never pushed it, never said, 'Are you going to do this?' or 'Is it imminent?' or 'Can you do it now?' They [Daschle and his allies] were patient."
And Jeffords came around.
Daschle also has made sure to pay attention to the spectrum of views on the Democratic side. Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.) has voted more often than not against Daschle and was an early supporter of the Bush tax plan. But Miller remains in the party's fold despite the urgent efforts of Republicans to convert him. So does Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), another frequent crossover vote.
And Sen. John B. Breaux (D-La.), a key centrist who has worked with Bush and Republicans, is a Daschle-appointed member of the party's leadership and attends weekly strategy meetings.
To be sure, Daschle as minority leader often struck a hard-edged tone toward the Bush administration. His rhetoric against the bill to cut taxes by $1.35 trillion over 11 years, which Congress seems about to approve, has been fierce. He denounced Bush's pick of John Ashcroft as attorney general. He has criticized Bush's environmental policies and this month called a Pentagon proposal to develop a military strategy for outer space "the single dumbest thing I've heard so far from this administration."
Dealings With Bush Have Been Strained
In his interview, Daschle acknowledged dealings with the new president this year have been strained. But he said: "I'm thinking that there may be more opportunity for us to have a better relationship."
||Iven Kincheloe III, the 1-year-old son of a distinguished X-15 pilot who died in July 1958 in the crash of a jet fighter at Edwards Air Force Base, is recommended for an appointment to the Air Force Academy in 1972.
An Air Force Base in Michigan was named for the elder Kincheloe in 1959. An award for test pilots is also named after him .
Whether his son pursued a flying career is unclear at this point. There's nothing further in The Times about him.
||Here's a vintage number from Haggarty's, an upscale store in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. Now listed on EBay with bidding starting at $24.
Eric Holder, deputy attorney general under Janet Reno and likely attorney general under President-elect Barack Obama.
Prosecutor Has Made Jury Study a Specialty
Wednesday June 1, 1994
By ROBERT L. JACKSON,
TIMES STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON -- Although he says he wants his day in court, Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) may well meet his match if Eric H. Holder Jr., the prosecutor who obtained his indictment, chooses to try the case himself several months from now.
Holder, 43, the first black U.S. attorney in the nation's capital, is a tall, stately man with a polished courtroom manner and 18 years of experience in public corruption cases. He also has made a study of how to appeal to juries.
"He understands juries here and he certainly understands politicians," says a former colleague on the District of Columbia Superior Court, where Holder served five years before President Clinton appointed him as this city's top federal prosecutor last July.
A confident, easygoing man, Holder has said that he wants to develop a better relationship between his office of 300 attorneys, who are disproportionately white, and the predominantly black population of the district from which juries for his cases are drawn.
During his years as a judge, he said that he winced when he saw prosecutors lose trials that they should have won because they failed to relate to jurors.
Holder won the respect of his new colleagues when he took over the Rostenkowski investigation after his swearing-in last October. At the time, Jay B. Stephens, his Republican predecessor, criticized the Clinton White House for replacing him--at a time when it was replacing other U.S. attorneys across the country--in the midst of a highly sensitive investigation.
Rather than duck the criticism, Holder met it head-on. "The idea that a Democratic U.S. attorney is going to do something different than a Republican U.S. attorney is pretty close to ridiculous," he said. Instead of shortening or curtailing the inquiry, he decided to expand it by asking for the appointment of a new federal grand jury to replace the old jury, which faced expiration on Oct. 31, 1993.
Despite his short time as top prosecutor, Holder has had ample experience investigating public corruption. He spent a dozen years as a lawyer in the Justice Department's public integrity section, where he had a hand in the congressional bribery prosecution of former Rep. John W. Jenrette (D-S.C.).
"In some ways, I came in as prepared as I could have been because of my 12 years in public integrity," he told the Washington Post earlier this year. "I think potentially I'm a better U.S. attorney now than I was then, from being on the bench for five years and presiding over hundreds of criminal trials."
The son of a secretary and a real estate agent, Holder spent the summer of 1974 as a law clerk for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the summer of 1975 as a law clerk in the Justice Department. He received his law degree in 1976 from Columbia University.
He has never been active in local politics, has never run for public office and has never played a role in anyone else's campaign, he told the Senate Judiciary Committee last year on the eve of his confirmation.
In describing the Rostenkowski charges to reporters, Holder said: "The vast majority of members of Congress are decent and honorable public officials who work incredibly hard and follow all the rules."
He quickly added, "But the criminal acts of a few feed the cynicism which increasingly haunts our political landscape."
Gabriel waved off the Rams' field goal unit for one more chance to score a touchdown that would win the game. His pass to Bill Truax was good for a score, but the play was called back because of a penalty. Bruce Gossett then kicked the tying field goal with 17 seconds left. This was the NFL before the overtime rule, so a tie was a tie.
"I was not satisfied to get a tie," Garbiel told The Times' Mal Florence. "I was confident that we would get a score. ... As it turned out I was right but, basically, I was very wrong when I think of it now. If that pass had been incomplete or intercepted I would have been the goat."
"The Cuban rebel leader, Fidel Castro, has dealt the tourist business in Havana an awful blow," Braven Dyer wrote, adding that the incoming revolt didn't stop the celebrity golfers from having a great time.
According to Dyer, his party was stopped by soldiers as they drove from the Havana Hilton to the golf course. Johnny Weissmuller, an Olympic athlete who became famous again in a second career as Tarzan, "let out his jungle yell and the gendarmes promptly lowered their rifles, smiled and yipped 'Tarzan' as they waved us on."
Other celebrities of the era along for the trip included Buddy Rogers, Hoagy Carmichael and Bob Crosby.
Readers learned that the Havana Hilton had only five floors open because "the rebels have scared people away." Dyer detailed dinner one night: "You never saw such food. The most popular drink with tourists is the frozen Daiquiri, made of rum so light you hardly know you've had it until the roof caves in."
I realize this was a different era, with different standards, but a golfing trip to the Cuba during the revolution? Maybe there's a hard-hitting piece from this trip I haven't found yet. I'll keep looking. This story just read like a travel brochure and should have been spiked.
The rebels took control of Havana on Jan. 1, 1959. Probably plenty of available tee times that day.
|Here's an amusing little wrap-up of crime news: Mickey Cohen's pal comes back from the dead and a minor actress figures in a major trial about drunk driving. It never ceases to amaze me how much publicity celebrities were willing to endure in the old days in an attempt (often futile) to fight a drunk driving charge. The incredibly colorful Gregg Sherwood Dodge lost this case and paid a $100 fine. With luck I'll post more about her later.
Note: Since the fires began, the Daily Mirror HQ has been without dsl. I'm not in the fire zone, thankfully, but putting out the DM on an ancient laptop at Starbucks is less than ideal. Mr. Tecra 8000 is so thrilled to have an Internet connection that he's downloading a bazillion updates, slowing everything to a crawl. Until dsl is restored, posting at the DM is going to be sparse. Stay tuned. And keep the fire victims in your prayers.
Sid Gillman's high-powered Rams had just enough to beat the lowly Green Bay Packers, 20-7. Cal Whorton's thorough report in The Times had everything you needed to know about the game and then some, but mostly I was interested in the Packers.
Rarely have the Packers been bad for long, but this team was dreadful.
Quarterback Bart Starr, who would lead the Packers to greatness and even one day coach the franchise, made a brief appearance late in the game after the starter, Babe Parilli, threw three interceptions and coughed up a fumble. Whorton said the Rams' defense was tough enough that Starr "was lucky to get away with his head still on his shoulders."
The Packers finished the season 1-10-1 and Coach Ray McLean would be replaced by Vince Lombardi. And the Rams rarely had such an easy time again in Green Bay.
-- Keith Thursby