Food

Ranchero Mexican restaurant in Pasadena is closing after 49 years

From the closing of a neighborhood Mexican restaurant in Pasadena to the return of L.A.’s most prolific restaurateur, here’s what’s happening in the Los Angeles food and drink world: End of an era: If you’ve lived in Pasadena at some point during the last 50 years, chances are you’ve had a meal...

Year in review

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  • Our 10 favorite recipes of 2017

    Our 10 favorite recipes of 2017

    The end of one year and the beginning of another means a time of lists and catalogs, of summations and predictions. Here in the Food section, this means a thankful tabulating of our favorite dishes, both on restaurant tables and in our kitchen. Every year, we publish hundreds of recipes in these...

  • Jonathan Gold's 10 best dishes of 2017

    Jonathan Gold's 10 best dishes of 2017

    Our restaurant critic gives his picks for the best dishes of the year.

  • 10 of the best new cookbooks of 2017

    10 of the best new cookbooks of 2017

    You can tell the approach of fall when football floods the airways, the kids go back to school — and the cookbooks start hitting the shelves, thick volumes penned by high-profile chefs and filled with prettily photographed, highly cravable dishes. This year’s crop is impressive, with first books...

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7 great waffle recipes to get your morning going

Start your morning off right with one of our favorite waffle recipes. We’ve compiled several great variations, from buckwheat to cornmeal, sour cream and yeast-risen options too. noelle.carter@latimes.com @noellecarter

The Daily Meal

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Women fight off armed carjackers with 7-Eleven hot cocoa

Women fight off armed carjackers with 7-Eleven hot cocoa

It's generally a good idea to avoid surprising or scaring a person carrying a hot beverage, because the hot liquid could get spilled. It's an especially bad idea to try to rob a person carrying a hot beverage, as a couple of allegedly would-be thieves discovered this weekend when they tried to...

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Beer, Wine and Cocktails

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Everything you need to know about natural wines, plus six to try now

Everything you need to know about natural wines, plus six to try now

The term “natural wine” refers to wines made with minimal input and intervention. Its practitioners grow their grapes organically or biodynamically and employ native, indigenous yeasts in the winery, generally avoiding the additives used to shape, manage, or complete fermentation. They add no color,...

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  • The only hard-boiled egg recipe you'll ever need

    The only hard-boiled egg recipe you'll ever need

    There are countless methods for making hard-boiled eggs, and as many opinions regarding which is the right one. The whole exercise can be frustrating, particularly for those of us who boil eggs only once or twice a year. Do I start the eggs in cold or hot water? How long do I boil them for? Should...

  • Gratins, soups, salads and more recipes to make with kale, now in season

    Gratins, soups, salads and more recipes to make with kale, now in season

    What’s in season: Is the kale trend ever going to end? While this popular member of the cabbage family can be found year-round, kale actually 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 that include...

  • Brownies, cookies, caramel corn and more: 25 great homemade gift ideas

    Brownies, cookies, caramel corn and more: 25 great homemade gift ideas

    Looking for homemade holiday gift ideas? We've compiled 25 great recipes, including quick and simple gifts (perfect if you're working with kids) and more intricate projects that call for a little extra time and patience. Some gifts will last for weeks, perhaps more. Others are best eaten within...

  • Mario Batali apologizes for sexual misconduct, steps away from his restaurant empire

    Mario Batali apologizes for sexual misconduct, steps away from his restaurant empire

    Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from the day-to-day operations of his culinary empire and from the ABC show “The Chew” on Monday, as allegations emerged that he committed sexual misconduct spanning at least two decades. In the investigation by food website Eater, four women — three of...

  • Salads, braises and more great recipes for fennel, now in season

    Salads, braises and more great recipes for fennel, now in season

    What's in season: Normally in season during the cold winter months, fennel is known for its bright, licorice-like notes. The vegetable, which can be found through early spring, is incredibly versatile. Wild fennel, which can be found growing throughout Southern California, is perfect for harvesting...

  • For Hanukkah, a celebration of olio nuovo, or new olive oil

    For Hanukkah, a celebration of olio nuovo, or new olive oil

    From at least the 14th century, Jews have celebrated Hanukkah by deep-frying pastries — Iraqi zengoula, Indian jalabi, Spanish and Mexican buñuelos, Italian frittelle, Israeli sufganiyot — and, since the 19th century, pan-frying potato latkes. But it’s the oil — specifically olive oil — and not...

  • Uovo is a fast-pasta concept that actually works, Jonathan Gold admits

    Uovo is a fast-pasta concept that actually works, Jonathan Gold admits

    Sometimes I think that the closest thing I have to a hobby is making spaghetti all’Amatriciana, the queen of the Roman repertoire, a dish that has inspired me to sneak in cured pig cheek from Norcia, bottled tomatoes from the slopes of Vesuvius, pecorino from Pienza and onions from Alife. The list...

  • Salads, hash and more great recipes using Brussels sprouts, now in season

    Salads, hash and more great recipes using Brussels sprouts, now in season

    What’s in season: Resembling miniature cabbage heads, Brussels sprouts grow in small, tight rows on long stalks, with larger sprouts at the bottom, tapering off into smaller sprouts toward the top. A member of the cabbage family, the sprouts are said to have been cultivated in Belgium since the...

  • Jonathan Gold settles in with Journeymen for duck and Basque cake

    Jonathan Gold settles in with Journeymen for duck and Basque cake

    Do you like duck? Then you might be interested in the new Atwater Village restaurant Journeymen, where David Wilcox prepares more parts of the animal than you may have seen outside Beijing. You can usually find grilled duck breast on the menu, usually with a sweet-savory concoction of apples and...

  • Your 2017 turkey buying guide

    Your 2017 turkey buying guide

    There was a time when the only question you had to ask when buying your Thanksgiving turkey was how big. Nowadays, there is much more to consider: fresh, frozen, natural, organic, free-range, pastured, heritage. (If you’re not sure what the labels mean, check out this guide to turkey terminology...

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