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  • Jonathan Gold reviews Kobee Factory & Syrian Kitchen in Van Nuys

    Jonathan Gold reviews Kobee Factory & Syrian Kitchen in Van Nuys

    Is it possible to become obsessed with a dish as simple as mjadara? Because mjadara, an Arab dish of bulgur wheat cooked with lentils, isn’t much to look at: a murky, slightly ominous mush, its color lingering in that zone between tan and battleship gray, with a texture usually stiff enough to...

  • Where to dine in Southern California if you love tasting menus

    Where to dine in Southern California if you love tasting menus

    You can call it a tasting menu. You can call it omakase. You can call it dégustation, a banquet menu or modern kaiseki. What it tends to be is a meal made up of dozens of small tastes, served in exquisite rhythm, where the courses, their order and their precise composition has been determined for...

  • The Tsujita brings its intense ramen bowls to Glendale

    The Tsujita brings its intense ramen bowls to Glendale

    Have you, by chance, tasted tonkotsu ramen? Because the Kyushu-style noodles may be at their peak in Los Angeles at the moment: thin, straight noodles served in a pork broth of maximum intensity. Tonkotsu ramen is often layered with slices of soft braised pork, garnished with simmered bamboo shoots...

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Quick and easy: 17 great chicken recipes in an hour or less

Chicken roulades, chicken stew, baked chicken, chicken casserole and more. Why is chicken so popular? Well, it cooks quickly. And depending on the what you buy, it’s both flavorful and diet-friendly. That, and it's versatile — combine it with almost any flavor combination. Perhaps best of all?...

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A behind-the-scenes look at Dry River Brewing in Boyle Heights

A behind-the-scenes look at Dry River Brewing in Boyle Heights

On an afternoon in February, Naga Reshi, the brewmaster at Dry River Brewing Co. in Boyle Heights, pilots a forklift laden with 250 gallons of his next batch of beer down the street to his brewery. Most brewers work in their own brewhouse — they simply need to hook up a hose and pump liquid from...

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    Stinging nettles are in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: There are many reasons to be grateful for all the cold, rainy spells we’ve had this winter — including the beautiful bunches of nettles showing up at farmers market stalls. Stinging nettles love the cool, damp weather and are normally in season during the late winter months. At...

  • Lemon cornmeal muffin recipe from Willa Jean in New Orleans

    Lemon cornmeal muffin recipe from Willa Jean in New Orleans

    Lightly sweet and with a tender crumb, a batch of fresh lemon cornmeal muffins can be a powerful thing. Just ask reader Susan Slesinger of Seal Beach; she’s been thinking about the little cakes at chef John Besh’s Willa Jean Restaurant in New Orleans ever since she was in the Crescent City last...

  • Ready for the Super Bowl? Score big with these 20 recipes

    Ready for the Super Bowl? Score big with these 20 recipes

    Super wings, grilled shrimp cocktail, double-chocolate brownies, stuffed peppers, beer nuts and more. The Super Bowl is this Sunday — do you have a game plan ready to feed your hungry fans? Beyond the big screen TV and a cooler stocked with ice cold drinks, this is one party that’s all about the...

  • Radishes are in season. We have recipes

    Radishes are in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: The edible roots of the mustard family, radishes get their name from the Latin radix, which means “root.” Though you can pretty much always find classic red radishes at the supermarket, the vegetables are normally in season from late winter through spring. Spring’s peppery sidekick:...

  • Blood oranges are in season. We have recipes

    Blood oranges are in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: Known for their crimson interiors and sweet-tart flavor, blood oranges are another cold weather-loving member of the citrus family, generally available during the late winter months. Varieties include the deep red Moro, known for its intense flavor and aroma, and sweet Tarocco....

  • Farmers market report: Meyer lemons are in season. We have recipes

    Farmers market report: Meyer lemons are in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: Beyond the soft, smooth skin and bright, floral aroma, Meyer lemons are perhaps best known for their sweet flavor, a sharp difference from the jolt of acidity common in other lemon varieties. Generally in season from the late winter months through early spring, the plump, dark...

  • Farmers market report: Kale is in season. We have recipes

    Farmers market report: Kale is in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: While kale can be found year-round at most supermarkets, this member of the cabbage family prefers colder weather and is generally in season through the winter months. It’s known for its ruffled leaves on long, thick stalks, with colors ranging from that include shades of green,...

  • Jonathan Gold tells you what to order at the only Kurdish restaurant in the western United States

    Jonathan Gold tells you what to order at the only Kurdish restaurant in the western United States

    Imagine you are visiting a restaurant that is as comfortable and familiar as a friend’s living room, where the music is good, but where you are largely ignorant of the cuisine. Some of the dishes you recognize — hummus, falafel, chicken kebab — while others, like hesandin and mele gej, you do not....

  • Farmers market report: Swiss chard is in season. We have recipes

    Farmers market report: Swiss chard is in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season:  A member of the beet family, chard is known for its long, frilly leaves and thick, celery-like stalks. And chard itself — it’s not necessarily “Swiss” — suffers from a confusion of names. According to Los Angeles-based food historian Clifford Wright, the word “chard” is a corruption...

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    How to make Danny Trejo's favorite vegan cauliflower tacos

    There are many places where you might expect to find Danny Trejo. On-screen, in one of the 300 or so movies the 72-year-old actor has appeared in over his long career, including three “From Dusk Till Dawn” films. In commercials — here’s hoping he reprises his 2015 Marcia Brady imitation during the...

  • The USDA 88-2 (Super Nova) may be your favorite new fruit. It's a mandarin orange, not a 'Star Wars' thing

    The USDA 88-2 (Super Nova) may be your favorite new fruit. It's a mandarin orange, not a 'Star Wars' thing

    There’s a new mandarin orange in town: the Super Nova. For almost 50 years, the fruit has tantalized visitors to university citrus variety collections with its gorgeous dark orange color, its convenient seedlessness, its rich balance of sweetness and acidity — and its superb aromatics. Now, this...

  • Live discussion: It's lunchtime with Jonathan Gold

    Live discussion: It's lunchtime with Jonathan Gold

    Have a craving for Caribbean food? Need a recommendation for sushi? Want to know where to find the best tacos in the city? Need more dining questions answered? Jonathan Gold is your man. Come back here at noon Wednesday for a live chat with him. You can ask your question via Twitter using #AskJGold,...

  • Farmers market report: Mandarin oranges are in season. We have recipes

    Farmers market report: Mandarin oranges are in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: Known for their loose, easy-peeling skins, mandarin oranges are one of the sweeter offerings of winter, and the fruit is generally in season from late fall through early spring. Tangerines were one of the first varieties of mandarins imported to the United States, arriving from...

  • Our 15 favorite recipes of 2016

    Our 15 favorite recipes of 2016

    Great recipes are kind of like instruction manuals for alchemy, showing us how to transform ordinary, often banal, taken-for-granted ingredients into extraordinary dishes. A few vegetables and a little fire can translate into a dish we make over and over.  The marriage of a chicken, some fruit...

  • A French chef makes a plate of vegetables into a work of art

    A French chef makes a plate of vegetables into a work of art

    We live in a time of outrageously beautiful food, when our Instagram feeds routinely show the latest garden on a plate from kitchens in Copenhagen or Mugaritz, when lunch at the corner restaurant can mean the chef’s market haul translated into a Caravaggio still life. Even so, the dish of seasonal...

  • Jonathan Gold goes on a holiday tamale crawl across L.A.

    Jonathan Gold goes on a holiday tamale crawl across L.A.

    I don’t think you can find them all on Google, but this is probably the 12th or 13th time I have been assigned to write a year-end tamale piece, and for almost all of them I have made the rounds of more or less the same Boyle Heights tamaleros before declaring once again that Juanito’s is definitively...

  • Live discussion: It's lunchtime with Jonathan Gold

    Live discussion: It's lunchtime with Jonathan Gold

    Have a craving for Caribbean food? Need a recommendation for sushi? Want to know where to find the best tacos in the city? Need more dining questions answered? Jonathan Gold is your man. Come back here at noon today for a live chat with him. You can ask your question via Twitter using #AskJGold,...

  • Farmers market report: Cauliflower is in season. We have recipes

    Farmers market report: Cauliflower is in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: A member of the cabbage family and a close relative of broccoli, cauliflower gets its name from the Latin caulis (“stalk”) and floris (“flower”). While you can typically find white cauliflower all year in supermarkets, the vegetable is generally in season from the winter months...

  • Jonathan Gold's 10 best dishes of 2016

    Jonathan Gold's 10 best dishes of 2016

    2016, by all accounts, was a year from which we will not soon recover; a year when the social-media obsessives among us were reduced to peeking at Twitter feeds between their fingers. But the food wasn’t bad – the year saw the rise of Filipino cooking, a wave of woman chefs and the resurgence of...

  • The sweet results of this year's Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off

    The sweet results of this year's Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off

    For those of us who love to bake, the holidays can be an especially sweet time of year. This is the season we stock up on festive cookies and family favorites to set out at parties and share with those closest to us. But beyond the colorful icing and sugar rush, these homemade creations are about...

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