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Warszawa is a wonderfully homey little restaurant that has been quietly serving amazingly sophisticated Polish food in Santa Monica for more than three decades. It may be most famous for its roast duck and pirogi (and its terrific collection of Polish...
Tags: Russ Parsons, Sour Cream, Borscht, Parsley, Cucumbers
You know the holidays are just around the corner when you start spotting fresh chestnuts in the market. Wonderful as they may be to eat, chestnuts can be tricky to peel, especially if you've never worked with them (or are feeling a bit rusty at the...
Tags: Russ Parsons, Egg Whites, Butter, Chestnuts, Salt
A savory take on bread pudding, this hearty dish is studded with chanterelle mushrooms. Gruyere and Emmentaler cheeses add a wonderful richness, with fresh thyme and sage to round out the harmony. The dish, a perfect side or main dish, comes together in...
Tags: Russ Parsons, Mushrooms, Butter, Black Pepper, Breads
A couple of years ago Food Editor Russ Parsons wrote about the simplicity of making your own fresh ricotta: "When it comes to most things around the house, I'm about the most unhandy guy you've ever seen. I can't hang a picture straight. But when it...
Tags: Russ Parsons, Salt, Recipes
If you're craving a bowl of rich mushroom soup, this recipe delivers. No less than a pound of cremini mushrooms are simmered with garlic, shallots, onion and buttery Chardonnay for an aromatic base. Puree the mushrooms with heavy cream for a smooth,...
Daily DishThis recipe is a perfect way to use up leftover salmon*, and also works well with other leftover fish -- or even chicken -- simply change up the herbs as desired to suit your taste. For this version, flake grilled salmon over a salad of steamed red...
Daily DishBecause their skins can be overly tough and distracting in certain dishes, recipes often call for peeling peaches before using them in foods like pies and cobblers....
Los Angeles TimesDear SOS: On our anniversary we had dinner at Flavor del Mar in San Diego County. I had an amazing butternut squash soup. I asked our waiter what the spices were. He said the chef did not give out information and recipes. I am wondering whether you can...
Tags: Nutmeg, Soups, Lifestyle and Leisure, Onions, Butternut Squash
Los Angeles TimesDear SOS: We were on a cross-country drive and had the pleasure of eating at the Rib City Grill in Rifle, Colo. The real prize was the pecan pie the restaurant served. It is by far the best pecan pie I have ever had! Servers said it was prepared locally....
Los Angeles TimesDear SOS: We recently visited the Hog's Breath Inn at Carmel by the Sea, Calif. Our party particularly enjoyed what surely must be its signature soup, made from artichokes. It was so delicious that I'd be surprised if you hadn't already obtained the...
Tags: Garlic, Soups, Butter, Lifestyle and Leisure, Clint Eastwood
Los Angeles TimesThe chopped kale salad at the Napa Valley Grille in Westwood is the sort of healthy, interesting dish you could eat every day. In fact, a waitress there who recommended it told me she does exactly that. After I ordered it a few times, I saw her point. Can...
Tags: Shallots, Kale, Lifestyle and Leisure, Parmesan Cheese, Salads
Daily DishI had lunch with a friend at Chaya Downtown restaurant, in Los Angeles. We ordered their chopped salad with grilled shrimp in an aioli jalapeño dressing. It was superb! I'd love to make it at home. Can you get the recipe from the chef?...
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