| Sep 2, 2008
| 5:28 PM
You gather with family and friends in the evening as the heat of the day starts to fade and the first cool ocean breezes begin to blow in, thick and sweet as honey. The bright white light of afternoon gradually dims to twilight's shades of blue and gray....
| May 6, 2009
Total time: 20 minutes plus marinating and grilling time
1 tablespoon cracked black peppercorns
3 tablespoons chopped chives
1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
5 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoons chopped Kalamata...
| Sep 5, 2007
The dusky leaves of the gnarled live oaks undulate in the breeze, and acres of Syrah and Grenache and Sangiovese vines stretch out before you. A couple of cows make slow progress down the golden hills in the distance; there's the faint music of a...
| Jul 9, 2008
Save money -- eat out.
It might sound counterintuitive, and it flies in the face of advice tossed out by penny-pinching "experts" -- but they don't know what we know: where to find the best dining deals in town.
Who says it's cheaper to eat in? We...
| Feb 11, 2010
Behind the tall counter at Il Dolce, a new Costa Mesa pizzeria and restaurant, silver-haired owner Roberto Bigne stretches pizza dough over the backs of his hands in a sure, practiced gesture. The pizza oven behind him glows a fiery orange. Bags of almond...
| Apr 8, 2010
Dear SOS: Please, please print the recipe for the creamy garlic dressing served on Milton's special house chopped salad at Milton's restaurant in Del Mar. It is soooo yummy.
Dear Jill: This rich ranch-style dressing takes no...
| Feb 18, 2010
Braised chicken and sausage with green olives
Total time: About 1 hour
6 chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 Italian sausages (about 3/4 pound)
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup red wine
| Sep 9, 2009
Summer always comes late to Southern California, but that seemed to be particularly true this year, as the cloudy gray days of June gloom stretched well into August for many areas. There was a good side, to be sure, but what we gained by not having to...
| Dec 28, 2009
| 10:22 AM
Note: Another recipe from the vegetarian issue. This one looks like an awful lot of work for a sandwich, but it's worth every minute. The rolls are crisp and delicious and absolutely unlike anything you can buy in a bakery, and the finished sandwich is...
| Nov 11, 2009
It's back to the Boulevard for Gary Menes, who first made a splash when he was cooking Moroccan-accented dishes at the then-newly opened Firefly on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. Last year he landed as chef de cuisine at Octavio Becerra's Palate Food +...
| Dec 28, 2009
| 11:25 AM
Note:This was an instant hit with the tasters in The Times Test Kitchen. The olives help thicken the sauce and flavor the duck spectacularly. The recipe, from "Paula Wolfert's World of Food" (Harper & Row: 1988), is adapted from a Minorcan specialty...