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.
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.
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.
March 1, 2012
Haman's fingers Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes Servings: This makes 36 to 40 pastries. Note: To thaw the filo dough, place the package in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours and up to overnight. Remove the box from the refrigerator 2 hours before using, leaving the sheets in their packaging. (Return remaining filo sheets to their plastic sleeve, re-roll and return to the package; refrigerate or refreeze until needed.) You can keep the pastries for 1 day in an airtight container at room temperature; they can be frozen up to 1 month (thaw the pastries before sprinkling over the powdered sugar)
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.
October 20, 2011 |
Dear SOS: A relatively new cafe in Mar Vista, the Curious Palate, makes a wonderful chicken salad with almonds, dried cranberries, scallions and Rocky Jr. chicken. It is the best chicken salad I have ever eaten. Is it possible to obtain the recipe? Courtney Lockwood Santa Monica Dear Courtney: The Curious Palate was happy to share its recipe for chicken salad, which we've adapted below. Enjoy! The Curious Palate's chicken salad Total time: 45 minutes, plus roasting and cooling time for the chicken Servings: 6 to 8 Note: Adapted from the Curious Palate in Mar Vista.
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.