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Support garden at 24th Street Elementary in West Adams on Sunday

Amid the usual massive expanse of concrete at an L.A. Unified school, the students of 24th Street Elementary School are the proud caretakers of a lush one-acre living classroom with an orchard, vegetable and fruit beds, and a charming garden shed. This idyllic setting for the study of gardening, harvesting and cooking transforms an urban school day into an exploration of agriculture and healthy eating.

On Sunday, the students of the 24th Street Elementary School and the Garden School Foundation will open the garden to welcome the community for their Harvest Moon event. It will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. at 24th Street Elementary School in West Adams.

This year the annual fundraiser will celebrate the fruits of the teaching staff and volunteers’ labor with the publishing of their Seed to Table curriculum sharing the expertise they have perfected over nine years of teaching kids about growing and cooking fruits and vegetables.

On a recent visit to 24th Street Elementary,  the students...

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Gluten-free flours from Gluten-Free Girl raising Kickstarter dough

Shauna Ahern, better known in the online world as Gluten-Free Girl, will tell you upfront: You can make gluten-free and grain-free flour blends yourself.

She has this DIY starter guide on her website. But, um, unless you're an experienced baker with plenty of time for trial-and-error-type experimentation, it looks intimidating. And not a week goes by without readers reaching out to Ahern to ask whether they could just buy Ahern's blend because they just don't have the time, or energy, to take the DIY route.

"People kept asking us if we'd sell it, and finally we thought, 'Well, maybe we should,'" Ahern said.

Ahern and her chef husband, Danny, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to see if there's enough interest to launch their own line of gluten-free and grain-free flour blends.

With one week to go, the couple are roughly $10,000 shy of their $79,000 goal.

Ahern said she tried dozens and dozens of variations and permutations to come up with a blend that didn't rely on binders like...

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Easy dinner recipes: Three simple dinner ideas for shrimp lovers

Love shrimp? If you can't get enough of America's favorite shellfish, check out these tempting recipe ideas:

Peel 'n' eat shrimp: If you don't mind getting your hands dirty at dinner, you can't go wrong with the peel 'n' eat shrimp recipe David Lentz of the Hungry Cat shared with us a few years back -- large Mexican white shrimp steamed in a spicy beer reduction. They take an hour or two to marinate, so you'll need to plan ahead, but once you get the dish cooking, it comes together in about half an hour -- plenty of time for you to lay out the newspaper over the table and ready a stack of napkins!

Capellini al gamberetti: Dinner doesn't get much easier than this pasta dish. Fresh and bright with large shrimp, tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic and a sprinkling of fresh parsley, Capellini al gamberetti, a pasta dish from Napoli restaurant in Loma Linda, comes together -- start to finish -- in less than 30 minutes.

Grilled shrimp skewers with charmoula: Or perhaps you want to take advantage of...

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Is Portugal ready for its moment? If George Mendes' 'My Portugal' has its way

Cookbook shelves are overflowing with books about Spanish cuisine, Italian cuisine, French country cooking and even Greek taverna cooking. But Portuguese? Thin pickings. But now comes a new book by George Mendes, chef of Aldea Restaurant in New York City.

"My Portugal: Recipes and Stories" is such a wonderful reminder of everything that's alluring about Portugal -- the landscape, the people, the cuisine, the ingredients, the tradition, the wines -- all seen through the eyes of this passionate Portuguese American chef.

Until now, the best Portuguese book out there has been from David Leite of the blog Leite's Culinaria, who published "The New Portuguese Cooking" a few years ago. That's a great book for the home cook. 

This is Mendes' take. Of course, because we're talking Portugal, he's devoted an entire chapter to bacalhau, or salt cod. This chef, though, doesn’t buy the board-hard dried salt cod. Instead, he cures his own for two or three days with just whole, skin-on cod filet and...

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LeFevre and partners announce 'steak-centric' the Arthur J.

David LeFevre and his partners already have a lively bistro in Manhattan Beach and a perpetually crowded oyster bar next-door. Now they’re going to add one more spot down the street that LeFevre describes only as “steak-centric.”

After acquiring the late Circa space recently, LeFevre and brothers Mike and Chris Simms are planning on turning it into a restaurant named the Arthur J, after the Simms’ grandfather, a legendary character around Manhattan Beach.

LeFevre says the new place should be open mid 2015. He’s vague on menu specifics, saying “people keep asking me if it’s going to be a steakhouse. I tell them it’s going to be steak-centric, but not a traditional steakhouse at all.

“Right now we’re still in full design- and concept-creating mode. We’re pulling together different storyboards and images and menus.

“We still haven’t finalized all the details on the concept. We want to make sure it's perfect for the space and for Manhattan Beach and then for everybody else who might drive...

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Watch out, PSL: Starbucks' new Chestnut Praline Latte hits stores Nov. 12

The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, also known as the beloved PSL, is about to get some holiday competition. 

The Seattle coffee chain will release the Chestnut Praline Latte Nov. 12. The latte will feature chestnut praline syrup, whipped cream and praline crumbles. 

And expect your new latte to come in one of Starbucks' signature holiday cups, which will start showing up in stores Nov. 1. 

According to a Starbucks statement, the Chestnut Praline Latte will be the company's first new holiday drink in five years. 

Other drinks available on the holiday menu include the Gingerbread Latte and the Peppermint Mocha. 

The Chestnut Praline Latte was tested last year in Indianapolis, Wichita, Omaha and Baltimore. The drink seems to have beat another beverage called the Cherries Jubilee Mocha, also tested in select areas last year. The mocha comes with cherry syrup, cocoa powder and a cherry drizzle. 

I think green tea is so hot right now. Follow me on Twitter @Jenn_Harris_

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