| Dec 31, 2008
Total time: 10 minutes, plus freezing time for the decorative block of ice
Note: From Julie Reiner of Clover Club. To prepare ice that has been frozen with raspberries and blackberries: Fill a container that fits in your punch bowl...
| Feb 17, 2009
| 4:35 PM
Olives that flood your mouth with flavor. A foie gras lollipop wrapped in cotton candy. The definitive shrimp with garlic. Innocent-looking bites that shoot smoke out of your nostrils.
How to describe the experience at the Bazaar by José Andrés in the...
| Aug 27, 2008
ON A recent Sunday, a friend and I watched as our kids pulled a wooden wagon through a Ventura County field, pausing to gather black-eyed peas and sun-ripened heirloom tomatoes. They ran down rows of raspberry bushes, filling their hats with the ripe...
| Aug 27, 2008
Farms that welcome the DIY crowd
Finding U-pick farms has gotten easier than it used to be, thanks to Blake Slemmer, an Atlanta software executive who started the national pick-your-own website, www.pickyourown.org. He relies on visitor feedback to...
| Sep 17, 2008
Total time: 50 minutes, plus overnight jelling time
Note: Adapted from Brix@1601 executive pastry chef Renee Ward. Make the marmalade and the gelée the day before serving. Gelatin sheets are available at cooking and baking supply stores....
| Sep 17, 2008
Root beer floats poured table-side, a "milkshake program" created by a sommelier, spectacular sundaes layered with gelée, meringues and buttery sablé cookies. It's a whole new world of soda fountain desserts.
If you've ever had the caramel copetta at...
| May 23, 2007
The signals of summer are suddenly everywhere, like a downswell of orange blossoms filtering through a shift in the warming wind. Clamshells of ripe berries at the market, the low hum of Vin Scully's broadcast on the radio, barbecues and white linen...
| Oct 15, 2008
Dear SOS: I would love the recipe for the chocolate banana crepe at French 75 Bistro, now called Savannah, in Burbank. It's my wife's favorite!
Brian Cooper La Cañada Flintridge
Dear Brian: The secret to this dish is the Nutella (a creamy European...
| May 7, 2008
OUT WHERE Ventura Boulevard is just a country road, near Central Avenue in Camarillo, Phil McGrath farms 40 acres of Ventura County land his family has owned for generations. He sells his organic produce to restaurants and at farmers markets, but here...
| May 21, 2008
YOU'VE stuffed dozens of Chilean empanadas de pino (savory wheat pastries with spiced beef and onions), scoured online for a clay pot to cook an authentic Brazilian moqueca (seafood and coconut milk stew), and downloaded enough bossa nova tracks to last...
| Jul 2, 2008
Mixed berries: We take blueberries and raspberries almost for granted these days. They're so common, we use them to garnish our breakfast cereal. But just taste the glorious berries at Pudwill Farm. They've got orange and golden raspberries and the red...