| May 26, 2012
Shrubs — they're not just for hiding in!
Tart, acidic and weirdly, wonderfully refreshing, drinking vinegars known as "shrubs" are finding a savory home on a growing number of Los Angeles drink menus. Sometimes they're added to soda water as an...
| May 26, 2012
Strawberry-kaffir sweet & sour
Total time: 20 minutes, plus several days marinating time
Servings: Makes about 5 cups sweet & sour
Note: From Josef Centeno of Baco Mercat. Kaffir lime leaves can generally be found in Thai and East Asian markets. The...
| Jun 23, 2012
Dear SOS: Mucho Ultima Mexicana Restaurant in Manhattan Beach makes the best strawberry mojito I have ever had. Can you please get the recipe from them so I can make and enjoy it at home? It's the perfect drink. Thank you.
| Jul 7, 2012
Total time: 1 hour, plus 1 hour cooling time for the artichokes
Note: Adapted from Alain Passard's "The Art of Cooking with Vegetables"
4 medium artichokes with tightly packed leaves
12 large fresh (not dried) bay leaves
6 to 8...
| Jul 14, 2012
Zucchini and manouri fritters
Total time: 1 hour
Note: Adapted from a recipe first published in the Guardian newspaper in Britain.
1 cup crème fraîche
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom, divided
| Jul 14, 2012
Until very recently, I'd never actually eaten Yotam Ottolenghi's food. I'd certainly cooked a lot of it, but I had never been to one of his London restaurants. I knew the Israeli-born chef strictly from his two cookbooks, but that was enough for me to...
| Mar 2, 2013
Echo Park has a new fancy cocktail den in Allumette. In the old Allston Yacht Club space next door to the neighborhood liquor store House of Spirits Allumette is the new restaurant by Vagrancy Project chef Miles Thompson. To complement his intricate small...
| Feb 9, 2013
Dear SOS: My co-worker raves about the chicken tequila fettucine from California Pizza Kitchen. Her birthday is coming up in February, and we would like to make the dish for a girls' night in to celebrate. Do you have the recipe?
| Feb 16, 2013
Dear SOS: A visiting cousin from Georgia and I recently ate lunch at the Bluewater Grill in Redondo Beach, and she loved the avocado vinaigrette salad dressing — so much so that we returned for dinner the following day just so she could order it...
| Jan 12, 2013
If you'd like to try our cooking class at your own home, here's an outline of how to go about it. Of course, feel free to improvise.
Roast Chicken: Remove the chicken from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before roasting. Rinse it well and pat it...
| Jan 11, 2013
DE LUZ — High on a hill overlooking an idyllic vista of citrus, avocados and chaparral, Bill Vogel spied a tree loaded with an unexpected bounty and started to holler.
"Holy moly, look at all these starfruit," he said, cradling a cluster of...