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In the kitchen: Persimmons and oven tips

In the kitchen: Persimmons and oven tips
Fuyu persimmon salad with cumin-lime vinaigrette. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

In a sign that the seasons are finally changing in Southern California, we were reminded of what rain looks like  this week, with cooler temperatures and a larger storm expected toward the week's end. That, and persimmons are hitting the market, the colorful fruit a staple of fall and winter dishes.

And if you're already thinking about holiday cooking and baking, we share tips for checking your oven's accuracy, because accuracy is a must, what with roast turkeys and batches of baked cookies on the horizon.

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WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THE PERSIMMONS IN SEASON

With their vibrant red-orange color, persimmons are one of those quintessential fall fruits. There are two main types of persimmons — acorn-shaped Hachayas, which need softening before they are enjoyed, and squat Fuyus, which can be eaten firm. We share tips and recipes.

Fuyu persimmons at the Hollywood Farmers Market.
Fuyu persimmons at the Hollywood Farmers Market. (Noelle Carter / Los Angeles Times)

GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR OVEN WITH THESE SIMPLE TIPS

KEEP IT SIMPLE WITH THIS CHICKEN SALAD RECIPE

If you're looking for a simple way to use leftover cooked chicken, this quick recipe is a perfect choice. Diced chicken, red onion, celery, currants and apple are tossed together for a simple salad similar to a classic Waldorf.

Green apple chicken salad.
Green apple chicken salad. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

JAMAICA FLOWERS ADD BRIGHT FLAVOR TO THIS ENCHILADA RECIPE

Jamaica flowers, part of the hibiscus family, are often found in teas and other beverages, lending bright red color and tart flavor for a refreshing drink. But the dried buds also work well in a variety of dishes. This enchilada recipe combines the flowers with peppers, onion and zucchini, topping the dish with creamy chipotle sauce for a rich meal you might never guess is also vegetarian. It's just one of the jamaica recipes we have in our Recipe Database.

Hibiscus enchiladas with chipotle sauce.
Hibiscus enchiladas with chipotle sauce. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

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