| Jul 2, 2012
| 4:33 PM
Throwing a Fourth of July backyard BBQ is a fun way to spend the holiday, but sometimes it's nice to sit back and have someone else worry about the cooking. Here's a list of restaurants around town offering Fourth of July special cocktails, menu items and...
| Jun 23, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Once fairly hard to find at farmers markets, locally grown berries are everywhere now: raspberries (both red and golden), blackberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, loganberries, marionberries and blueberries. Though raspberries are familiar to most...
| Sep 18, 2012
It's startling to observe the changes you go through when you move to another country — changes in the way you interact with women and men. Even the way you dress.
I started to think about acculturation after I moved from Germany to Southern...
| Mar 24, 2011
Former Chicago indie rock drummer Laura Ann Masura has made — and gotten into — an awful lot of jams since moving to Echo Park nearly seven years ago. But those first watery blueberry-Meyer lemon experiments and fussy crystallized...
| Jul 8, 2011
Last Wednesday at the Santa Monica market, rivulets of sweat coursed down the brow of Ron Cornelsen, a stone fruit grower from Reedley, and it was only 9 a.m. The previous day it had been 107 degrees in his orchard, and the monsoonal humidity made...
| Feb 23, 2012
When cooks travel, they inevitably bring back recipes as souvenirs. A trip to central Italy might mean a wonderfully simple braise of fennel in olive oil. Go to southwest France and come back with pork confit. Visit Tokyo and you find a twist on the...
| Apr 1, 2011
| 1:16 PM
| Aug 12, 2010
The iconic upside-down cake of the American imagination is a golden sponge gilded with a slick of caramel, a corona of sweetened pineapple rings and incandescent maraschino cherries. Yet as sunshiny as it may seem, it hardly qualifies as a seasonal...
| Aug 12, 2010
Spiced cherry and blueberry upside-down cake
Total time: About 1 1/2 hours
Servings: 8 to 10
Note: If baking in a springform pan, place a baking sheet on a rack near the bottom of the oven to catch any syrup that might drip.
3 tablespoons butter, plus...
| Jun 30, 2011
"To me, this is one of the best burgers ever because it showcases the essence of American food and culture. The gorgeous red ripeness of a grapefruit-sized hot house tomato. White onions born from our fields. Under it, a sheet of artisan Point Reyes...
| Aug 19, 2010
Blueberry and lavender pops
Total time: 20 minutes, plus freezing time
Servings: Makes 6 to 8 popsicles, depending on the mold
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