CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 |
Armin Adams photographed a pot of basil and a bouquet of flowers near a kitchen window in his Venice home on Tuesday, trying to capture the light shining through the basil leaves. "Combine that warm, colorful light with the smell of hot coffee, and you have a perfect morning," he said. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or reader submission gallery . Follow us on Twitter or visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.
November 21, 2012 |
If you're looking to add a lot of flavor to your salad without the calories and fat you find in most dressings, consider adding fresh herbs to the mix. This salad combines fresh mint, parsley, cilantro and basil leaves, along with salad greens, radishes and crunchy sunflower and sesame seeds. Toss it with a light dressing brightened with orange and lemon juice and sweetened with a little honey, and dinner is served. The whole thing comes together in less than 30 minutes. Enjoy! For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here . Food editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less.
November 3, 2012 |
This week's Culinary SOS request comes from Meg Hassenpflug in Ontario: " Wolfe's Market in Claremont Village is a boutique grocery store, wine shop and meat counter, and it also has a remarkable ready-to-eat deli. We are addicted to the lemon pasta salad that includes zucchini, basil, peas and grape tomatoes among other things. " Sweet cherry tomatoes and vibrant zucchini strips lend bright colors to this pasta salad, and the fresh lemon zest adds a nice zing. The pasta salad comes together in minutes, the flavors rounded out with fresh chopped basil and rich Parmigiano-Reggiano.
October 30, 2012 |
For most gardeners, basil is a wonderful harbinger of summer, but in India a variety known as holy basil, or tulsi ( Ocimum tenuiflorum ), is grown year-round. Basils have been cultivated in India for more than 5,000 years, for culinary and medicinal uses. Holy basil is far more aromatic and sharper in taste than the sweet Italian basils, so in cooking, it can be used in far smaller quantities. Even then, the flavor may be too intense for some palates. Not to be confused with Thai basil, holy basil is used in teas and in herbal Ayurvedic medicine.
October 29, 2012 |
A $100-million apartment and shopping complex is being planned for a formerly neglected stretch of Hollywood Boulevard that once held a legendary rehearsal studio where generations of actors learned to dance and wield swords. Commercial real estate developer Sonny Astani said he bought a 1.9-acre site on Hollywood near Western Avenue for almost $11 million. Among the structures on the property is a building that was part of Falcon Studios, a performing arts school founded in 1929.
October 19, 2012 |
Take everything you love about summer and arrange it beautifully on a plate. Juicy heirloom tomato wedges and bright chunks of cool watermelon come together perfectly in this salad from The Hungry Cat , punctuated with the light spice of arugula and floral notes of fresh basil and mint. Crumbled feta adds a nice hint of richness, and the tangy watermelon vinaigrette brings it all together. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here . Food Editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less.