Gold medal gardening, quick recipes, Japanese food models

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Hancock Park native Ali Slagle calls the Godmother sandwich from Bay Cities Deli an “eat-on-the-beach” lunch. She uses that as inspiration for an egg salad dinner creation. Photo by Mark Weinberg.

After retiring from sailing a barge down the Thames River, Gerald Stratford took a different route than most septuagenarians — becoming a Twitter sensation while imparting his gardening prowess. Ali Slagle eschews mise en place and incorporates prep into her recipes for perfectly low-effort meals. Tejal Rao tracks down the artisans creating the plastic food models displayed in the windows of Japanese restaurants. Helena Bottemiller Evich reports on the baby formula shortage and the precursors leading to national panic. Finally, cherry season is short, but it’s happening now at the farmer’s market.