| Jul 8, 2009
Every couple of years I feel that siren call to go up and spend some time in Napa Valley. For most of us, this was our first wine country experience, as exotic as anything discovered later in Burgundy or Piedmont. Who can forget the smudged violet of...
| Aug 4, 2009
A city of dualities, La Cañada Flintridge is home to both NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the pastoral Descanso Gardens, boasting pristine natural beauty yet also at the cutting edge of technology. It's nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel...
| Aug 5, 2009
Puck really knows how to pick them. Locations, that is. Wolfgang Puck, who burst onto the scene in 1982 with a little place called Spago, has just opened a new restaurant downtown at L.A. Live. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill sits center stage, right on the L....
| Mar 11, 2009
Total time: 1 1/2 hours
Note: The beauty of this weekday, no-frills dinner recipe is that an herb-spice paste made at the beginning becomes a wagon train of flavor that carries through every element of the dish.
2 cloves garlic, chopped...
| Mar 11, 2009
As outdoor herb gardens perk up with spring, resist the temptation to rush out to harvest the new leaves. Let your garden grow. Instead, take a moment to revisit cooking with dried herbs.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, fresh isn't always better.
| Jan 2, 2010
| 12:19 AM
Note: Test Kitchen Director Donna Deane made the list twice this year, with her second win this deceptively luxurious main course that can be put together in less than half an hour.
She recommends serving this with steamed winter squash, perfect for...
| Jan 4, 2010
| 12:16 PM
This year the Food section published 380 recipes. How do we remember them all, much less decide on 10 best?
It's a perennial dilemma. Take Russ Parsons' spiny lobster story (Oct. 20). It offered three lobster recipes that each received an equal number of...
| Jan 4, 2010
| 6:19 PM
Note: You really don't need to wait for summer to grill in Southern California. Any time is fine. This recipe from Times Test Kitchen Director Donna Deane was published as part of a barbecue package in July. At this season, warm things up by adding...
| Feb 4, 2010
There's nothing I don't like about this Tempranillo from a bodega founded just over a decade ago by a group of Spanish wine lovers. What a beauty for less than $15. It's ripe and luscious with soft tannins, a taste of cherries and a youthful lilt of...
| Apr 1, 2009
Rivera *** 1/2
1050 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, (213) 749-1460, www.riverarestaurant.com.
Cozy and elegant Latin restaurant with ceviche bar and communal table at one end, banquettes along the wall and a small bar with specially...
| Mar 31, 2009
| 8:18 PM
John Rivera Sedlar, the chef who brought us Saint Estephe, Bikini and Abiquiu (may they all rest in peace) is back and back in a big way. At the new Rivera within shouting distance of L.A. Live, the 54-year-old chef is firing on all cylinders. Rivera is...