| Apr 9, 2010
| 11:11 AM
Total time: 30 minutes, plus chilling time
Note: Adapted from Sutra Lounge in Costa Mesa.
1/2 ripe pineapple
2 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out
1 cinnamon stick
1 bottle (720 ml...
| Apr 16, 2010
The mild climate along California's coast enables its strawberry growers to dominate commercial production of this fruit; last year they accounted for some 88% of the nation's crop. For strawberry lovers, that's both a blessing, of abundance and...
| Apr 23, 2010
The Uptown Whittier farmers market has 15 certified produce vendors, so it's not huge, but it does offer a good selection of local growers, a convenient location and a manager, Kae Thomas, with 26 years of experience. The Friday market, which was...
| Dec 24, 2008
My parents remain the only ones of their respective siblings who have no grandchildren, so we -- Mom, Dad, me, a brother and two sisters -- spend most of our Christmas Eves with the family of my Tía Maria.
Eight of her 11 children live on the same street...
| 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...
| Sep 24, 2008
JOSÉ ANDRÉS, always charming, is the life of the party at a soiree in the Hollywood Hills, and guests are circling around him next to the infinity pool. Chef Andrés is scooping caviar onto slices of jamón ibérico (ham from the black-footed pigs of Spain),...
| Sep 9, 2009
Dear SOS: While having a lovely lunch at Akasha, I tried their cucumber, pineapple juice and ginger agua fresca. What a refreshing fabulous drink. Just what you want on a hot summer afternoon.
Dear Scott: This agua fresca...
| Dec 29, 2009
| 11:09 AM
Note: Another good recipe from our regional Thai food issue--and another from Nancie McDermott's cookbook, "Real Thai." The dish's flavoring paste, or "pesto," of garlic, cilantro root and peppercorns--without the latecomer chile--gives it away as a...
| Dec 23, 2009
| 12:26 PM
Note: Most of us don't love fruitcake. Most of us, in fact, groaned at the thought of tasting one. But this one was different. We tasted it, tasted it again--and then again. Hey, we said to one another, that was really pretty good. Actually, it was...
| 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...
| Jun 12, 2008
IT'S THE hottest day of the year -- 91 degrees -- and Phil Rosenthal is stacking almond wood kindling in the pizza oven of his Hancock Park home. In little more than an hour, a cook from Pizzeria Mozza will arrive, as he does most Sunday nights, and begin...