August 14, 2002 |
When we first tested Cry Baby cookie recipes, we wound up with flat cookies that were torn and had holes. We tried several different recipes, then realized the secret to perfect cookies was an old-fashioned technique--dissolving the baking soda in the coffee, rather than combining it with the other dry ingredients. Baking soda must be activated by the presence of an acid and a liquid. Doing this kick-starts the soda into action and affects the structure of the final cookie.
July 15, 1990 |
Millions of pounds of household hazardous wastes end up in landfills each year. Products such as household cleaners, pesticides, motor oil and others can contaminate the water supply when improperly disposed. We hear a lot about avoiding toxic chemicals because they're harmful to our environment. But what are safer choices? The accompanying list shows nontoxic alternatives for paints, household cleaners and pesticides.
December 2, 2010 |
Dear SOS: The Westside Tavern in West L.A. (inside the Westside Pavilion) has the most delectable, amazing dessert on its menu: warm sticky toffee cake. It's delicious, and I would love to make it at home. Is it possible for you to get the restaurant to divulge its recipe? Lurline Kawano Culver City Dear Lurline: Westside Tavern was happy to share its recipe for this rich dessert, which we've adapted here. Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try any of the L.A. Times Test Kitchen recipes from this week's Food section, we want photographic evidence: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish.
April 9, 1987
"I've had this recipe since September 1980," Marlyn Paul writes, "a friend I hadn't worked with since 1958 returned to work and gave this to me. We all love it. It's great for camp-outs and coffee mornings." LEMON YOGURT MUFFINS 1 (8-ounce) carton lemon yogurt 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted 2 cups buttermilk baking mix 1/4 cup sugar 1 egg, beaten 1/2 teaspoon baking soda In bowl combine lemon yogurt, melted butter, buttermilk baking mix, sugar, egg and baking soda.
August 19, 2009 |
Dear SOS: Yesterday was my fourth time to Huckleberry. I am addicted to their daily flatbread. However, I tried the banana poppy seed bread, and I found it quite extraordinary. It's not too sweet. Helen Chiu Westchester Dear Helen: We loved the combination of bananas, poppy seeds and dates in this rich, moist recipe. Slice the loaves and serve the slices on their own (or with a little cream cheese, as the bakery recommends), or give them as gifts. They make a beautiful presentation garnished with caramelized sliced bananas and a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
June 12, 1986 |
Question: Could you please tell me how to cook rhubarb so it will not fall to pieces? I like the way they cook it at Knott's Berry Farm. Answer: The secret is to cook rhubarb just until tender. This takes only a few minutes, as instructed in the Cherry Rhubarb Sauce recipe from "Knott's Berry Farm Cookbook" (Armstrong: 1975). The word cherry refers to the rhubarb's red color, rather than another fruit.
December 11, 1986
"This is a favorite recipe of my whole family for the holidays," Ester Derkez of Wisconsin writes. "Everyone that's ever had it has loved it." PUMPKIN BARS 4 eggs 1 cup oil 2 1/4 cups sugar 1 (16-ounce) can pumpkin 2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup chopped nuts, optional Cream Cheese Frosting Beat eggs, oil and sugar. Mix in pumpkin, then flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda. Stir in nuts. Pour into greased 17x11-inch baking pan.
February 19, 1997 |
A crunchy oat topping adds fiber, texture and flavor to this baked apple dish. Butter is kept to a minimum by adding canola oil to the streusel-like topping. The apples are cut into wedges rather than thin slices so they won't cook down to a mush while baking. A touch of lemon juice is stirred into the apples to keep them from turning brown. No additional sugar is needed in the apples because there's enough sweetness in the topping.
July 14, 2012
Yeast-raised waffles Total time: About 40 minutes, plus overnight rising time Servings: Makes 16 waffles Note: Adapted from Marion Cunningham's recipe. 1 package active dry yeast 2 cups milk 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 2 cups flour 2 eggs 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1. Place one-half cup warm water in a large mixing bowl (the batter will double in volume), and sprinkle in the yeast.