| May 13, 2009
Dear SOS: As an occasional special of the day, Bistro du Soleil in Playa del Rey serves an especially tasty apple-Brie soup. In fact, a friend sent an e-mail to the restaurant saying that she was coming to celebrate her birthday with friends and asked...
| Nov 18, 2008
| 4:28 PM
Total time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
2 pounds parsnips
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 boiling potato, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
4 cups water
| 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 26, 2008
| 9:21 PM
Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes, plus overnight freezing time for the crust and overnight chilling time for the pie
Note: From Amy Scattergood. The pie crust is adapted from "Local Flavors" by Deborah Madison.
2 1/4 cups flour...
| Dec 10, 2008
Total time: 40 minutes, plus 1 hour roasting time for the onion
Dear SOS: We had lunch today at the Cave in the Ventura Wine Co. Our guests had the onion-mushroom soup, which was so delicious that they ordered seconds. Could you please get the...
| Dec 16, 2008
| 1:09 PM
Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Note: From Noelle Carter. The shortcakes are best served warmed with whipped crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of the reserved brandied cherries in their sauce.
| Dec 16, 2008
| 2:48 PM
Total time: 35 minutes, plus cooling and chilling times
Servings: 12 to 16
Note: Adapted from Craig Strong, chef de cuisine at the Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa. The fruit listed below can be replaced with the fruit of your choice. Assemble the...
| Jan 7, 2009
They may be light as air, but these tender soufflés -- flavored with fresh pineapple purée and topped with a small scoop of spiced Thai curry ice cream -- are rich in color and flavor, and make for a dramatic presentation.
The dessert, from Gordon Ramsay...
| Feb 11, 2009
Total time: 20 minutes
Note: If good strawberries aren't available, substitute bananas or other seasonal fruit.
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1 cup rolled oats (not quick-cook)
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
| Apr 19, 2006
First, a French friend brings a spectacular homemade dessert to dinner. It's a Paris-Brest -- a large ring of choux paste sliced horizontally, filled with praline pastry cream and whipped cream and topped with toasted almonds. Next, Thomas Keller opens...
| 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...