| Nov 18, 2008
| 4:25 PM
The days before Thanksgiving are calibrated by shopping lists and baking times, a checklist universe clicking down to a shared meal of thanks and camaraderie. And if your universe is populated with children, that checklist becomes even more important...
| Nov 18, 2008
| 4:26 PM
Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes, plus chilling time
Servings: 6 to 8
Note: The crust recipe is adapted from Deborah Madison's "Local Flavors." This recipe calls for a standard 9-inch pie plate.
8 cups thinly sliced ( 1/8 inch), peeled and cored...
| Nov 20, 2008
| 5:25 AM
Start with sweet Dungeness crab folded into a salad with crisp apples and bitter greens and all of it bound with a lovely lightly curry-flavored mayonnaise. Then serve little game hens brushed with orange butter and stuffed with kale and walnuts before...
| Nov 25, 2008
| 7:12 PM
Total time: About 15 minutes
Servings: 8 as an appetizer
3/4 cup cranberry sauce
2 to 3 fresh jalapenos, seeded and coarsely chopped (about 3 tablespoons)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
4 green onions, green part only, thinly sliced
6 tablespoons ( 3/4...
| Nov 25, 2008
| 7:16 PM
Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Combine equal parts nonfat yogurt and mayonnaise as a lower-fat substitute for the 3/4 cup mayonnaise.
1/2 cup pecans
4 cups diced cooked turkey
1 cup small red grapes, cut in half if large
| Dec 10, 2008
Considering everybody on your holiday gift list -- friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, your kids' teachers -- you might be needing a stimulus package before you even get to the big-ticket items this year. So why not take a page from your grandmother's...
| Jan 14, 2009
Barack Obama will be sworn into office on Tuesday -- just weeks before the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Obama's inaugural theme, "A New Birth of Freedom," has, fittingly, been drawn from his fellow Illinoisan's Gettysburg Address, and he's...
| Dec 18, 2007
| 1:35 PM
Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes, plus rising and proofing time
Servings: 16 to 20 (8 to 10 per loaf)
Note: From Donna Deane.
1/2 cup seedless raisins
1/2 cup dried currants
1 cup diced mixed candied citrus peel ( 1/4 -inch dice)
1/2 cup candied...
| Sep 11, 2008
| 1:34 PM
If there were such a thing as an upscale chile, it would have to be the poblano. Dark green and elegantly flavored, the poblano chile turns up in Mexico in everything from rice and rajas to pozole and polenta. Its bold, distinctive pepper flavor stands up...
| Sep 17, 2008
Taste-testing dry sodas
We TASTED more than three dozen sodas to find the driest, most aperitif-worthy substitutes. We tasted only chilled sodas from glass bottles (to avoid the metallic taste of cans) and sipped them in Champagne flutes. Sodas were...
| Oct 28, 2008
| 1:31 PM
My newest favorite Santa Monica restaurant is Rustic Canyon. The pastry chef, Zoe Nathan, has created the yummiest dessert ever, cranberry orange cornmeal cake served with an elegant scoop of homemade ice cream.
I am a baker myself, so I know a...