| May 28, 2008
AS HE stands before his Sensory Evaluation of Wine class at UC Davis Extension, John Buechsenstein, winemaker, professor and commercial vineyard location scout, sticks his nose into the tilted wine glass and breathes in deeply. Ah, Sauvignon Blanc: the...
| Jun 4, 2008
Flash! Click! Flash, flash, flash! Digital cameras erupt all over the dining room like popcorn popping. In the next booth, a quartet of young Latinas with a mom in tow crowd closer together, the better to fit in the frame. Smile, says the obliging...
| 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...
| Jun 25, 2008
Grilled pineapple with rum and long pepper glaze
Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 to 8
Note: Dried long peppers are available at Surfas in Culver City, Nicole's in Pasadena and Cube in Los Angeles, as well as select Indian and Asian markets....
| Jun 25, 2008
EVERYTHING seems to taste exponentially better when seasoned with fresh air and stars -- and smoke -- and maybe because it's unexpected, this is especially true of dessert. So after the grilled burgers or lamb, the chicken or ribs, why not keep those...
| Jul 2, 2008
A mix and mash of agua fresca outlets to quench your thirst
Finding freshly made aguas frescas isn't as easy as it used to be -- many restaurants now use commercial powders and mixes. Many too are overly sugary. Look for aguas in pitchers or...
| Jul 9, 2008
Greek wines aren't yet household names, nor are they widely available. But they are eminently affordable, as this selection suggests. Though the reds listed below are quite different from one another, the whites are similar enough -- each bearing, in...
| Jan 30, 2008
Total time: Several days
Servings: Makes 1 starter
Note: Adapted from a recipe in Peter Reinhart's "Whole Grain Breads"
Phase 1 (Day 1) sponge
3 1/2 tablespoons (1 ounce) whole wheat flour
1/4 cup (2 ounces) unsweetened pineapple juice
In a small...
| Jan 29, 2008
| 3:11 PM
THERE are few things as treasured, in home kitchens or professional bakeries, as sourdough starter. Bread bakers feed it religiously, on a strict schedule, like pets or children; they carry the stuff with them when they move; they hand down jars of it...
| Jan 30, 2008
The Times panel held a blind tasting of wines from two of Slovenia's wine regions: Primorska (near Friuli, Italy) and Podravje (which borders Austria's Steiermark region). The white wines -- most colored a distinctive bright yellow -- included six...
| Dec 12, 2008
There was tittering in the Beverly Hilton ballroom early Thursday morning as Brooke Shields announced the Golden Globes nominees for actor in a comedy or musical. James Franco, she intoned, and there came those giggles. Co-announcer Elizabeth Banks then...