January 20, 2013 |
This week's Culinary SOS request comes from Annette Farmer in Mar Vista: "I understand that the previous incarnation of the cafe at Nordstrom in the Westside Pavilion is now closed. They used to have a chicken salad that included chicken breast, green apple slices, baby greens or spring mix greens and some sort of cheese (possibly goat milk but not feta) and a very light dressing. Any chance you can get your hands on that recipe?" Both tart fresh apple slices and dried apple chips flavor this salad, also tossed with sliced onion, lightly spiced candied almonds, julienned strips of chicken and creamy goat cheese.
November 1, 2010 |
I take zolpidem (Ambien) for insomnia. It helps me fall asleep but not stay asleep, and it gives me a dry mouth. My doctor suggested I try melatonin instead to prolong the time I stay asleep. Does that sound reasonable? The studies on melatonin are mixed. A double-blind French study published this summer in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine found no benefit. It appears to be more useful for jet lag, according to a report in the September issue of Current Treatment Options in Neurology.
August 2, 2013
Mother's Biscotti 1 1/3 cups sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup olive oil, plus extra for work surface and baking pan 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon almond extract 3 eggs 3 cups matzo cake meal, about 1 cup whole almonds Beat sugar, salt, oil and vanilla and almond extracts with electric mixer fitted with paddle or by hand until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Add enough matzo cake meal to make soft but manageable dough.
June 18, 2013
Total time: 40 minutes plus chilling time Servings: 6 Note: This recipe works beautifully with Satsumas. VIDEO: Click here to see Times Food editor Russ Parsons making this recipe. 1/4 cup sugar 3 tablespoons instant tapioca 2 3/4 cups whole milk 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 vanilla bean 1 cup sliced almonds 1 pound seedless mandarins (about 6) 2 tablespoons minced candied ginger (about 1 ounce) 1. Whisk together the sugar, tapioca, milk, egg and salt in a saucepan and set aside for 5 minutes.
October 23, 1986 |
Recently the mail brought an unusual letter from P. Kosuth of Marinette, Wis.: "I ordered some lamps from J. C. Penney a few weeks ago and when they arrived I found them packed in a newspaper titled the Morning Call. Being curious, I scanned them and--wonder of wonders--found a number of scrumptious-sounding recipes. Unfortunately, one was continued on a page which wasn't included. It was called Broccoli-Almond Mushroom Muffins and carried your byline above 'of the Los Angeles Times.'
June 16, 2011
Aunt Mary's pilaf with topping Total time: 35 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any other recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, we would like to know about it so we can showcase it on our food blog and occasionally in print. Upload pictures of the finished dish here. 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, divided 2 cups converted rice 4 1/2 cups chicken broth 1 cup slivered almonds 1 cup chopped dates 1. In a medium, heavy-bottom saucepan, melt one-quarter cup (one-half stick)
June 19, 1985
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a ban on using the fungicide Captan on food, five years after it began considering the idea, because the chemical produces tumors in mice and rats. Captan residues on food "may pose an unreasonable risk to public health" if consumed over a lifetime, the agency said. Captan, made principally by Chevron Chemical Co. and Stauffer Chemical Co.
May 28, 1987 |
Dear SOS: Ever since I graduated from UCLA I have been craving the blueberry bran muffins and banana nut bran muffins sold at its North Campus food facility. No one makes them as big and as delicious.
April 11, 1985 |
One of the many East Coast fish that has become commonplace on the West Coast is the tilefish, also called tile bass and sometimes, incorrectly, sea bass. Tilefish is most plentiful in winter and spring. It is a beautiful fish with a turquoise blue back fading to yellow, pink and white on the belly, and the entire body is covered with bright yellow spots. Tilefish may reach 50 pounds, although smaller fish, called kitten tiles, commonly are sold whole in some markets.
December 12, 2011 |
'Tis the season for all kinds of tasty treats, including marzipan. But the sweet indulgence made from ground almonds and sugar may not always be made from those expensive nuts. Fakes are on the market, and a new test may be able to spot them. Yes, Virginia, counterfeiters have found their way to food, and apparently some items tagged as marzipan may be made with other ingredients, such as ground up peach and apricot pits, soybeans and peas. How to tell the difference? A recent study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry used polymerase chain-reaction-based techniques to determine ingredients.