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Flatbread, casseroles, popsicles and more: 12 great recipes for dates

Fan of dates? We’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled a dozen of our favorite date recipes, from cake and dumplings to casserole, flatbread — even popsicles. It may be December, but here in Southern California it’s almost always popsicle weather. noelle.carter@latimes.com @noellecarter

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Captain Morgan's 'Leg Up Lamp' is the most ridiculous holiday gift of 2017

Captain Morgan's 'Leg Up Lamp' is the most ridiculous holiday gift of 2017

For those of you who've seen A Christmas Story - the 1983 classic that plays on a loop for 24 hours on December 25 - you know just how iconic the risqué, fish-netted leg lamp is. This holiday season, Captain Morgan is capitalizing on the light fixture's lasting popularity by releasing its own version....

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From Carolina pulled pork to Texas-style beef ribs, Southern barbecue comprises many variations in the flavorful symphony of smoke, spice and fat. And craft beer’s diversity makes it an ideal accompaniment to whatever style of ’cue you’re into. Beachwood BBQ and Brewing founder Gabriel Gordon has...

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