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December 13, 2012 |
Jacqueline Canter took a moment to think about it: What would her grandmother say about how the menu at Canter's, the family's celebrated delicatessen, has changed over the decades? "Meshuga," she finally said, smiling. Yiddish for "crazy. " The deli, which opened in Boyle Heights in 1931 and moved to its current location in the Fairfax district in 1953, was once primarily a place of corned beef and pastrami. But since the 1990s, the menu has shifted with the tastes of the diner's customers, making it a sort of signpost of what Los Angeles (and its tourists)
December 12, 2012 |
First the burger joints wanted to get in on the L.A. action. Now, it's grilled cheese concepts. We already have the home-grown Heywood, a Grilled Cheese Shoppe , in Silver Lake. Huckleberry , Joan's on Third and Grub all turn out credible versions. We've got the Grilled Cheese Truck roaming the streets. Clementine celebrates National Grilled Cheese Month in April with a grilled cheese menu that changes every day. Now comes the Melt , a Bay Area grilled cheese chain from Jonathan Kaplan, who was behind the little hand-held Flip video camera.
December 7, 2012 |
Potato latkes have the reputation of being a bit, well, beige . They're good to serve with other things. But these latkes from Israeli cookbook author Phyllis Glazer, made with red and green onions and cubes of feta cheese, are sufficient unto themselves. Potato latkes with cheese and onions is one of the favorite holiday recipes we've collected in our "Los Angeles Times Holiday Handbook. " The book shares more than 110 seasonal recipes to help you celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah , Christmas and New Year's.
December 5, 2012 |
At the newly opened Melt it! in Pasadena, they're only concerned with serving one thing: grilled cheese. The casual spot, located near Pasadena City College, serves versions of the classic sandwich, which come in kitschy silver tin buckets. For the traditionalists, Melt It! makes the Legend ($4) with cheddar and sourdough, and the Brie sandwich with, well, brie and a fig compote on a baguette ($7). Jonathan Gold Quiz: Hamburgers There are also some not-so-traditional variations on the menu.
December 4, 2012 |
For a slight twist on a classic comfort food, wedge crumbled blue cheese between slices of raisin brioche, along with thinly sliced pear. Cook until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is soft and oozing, 3 to 4 minutes on each side. If you have enough self-restraint to keep from eating the sandwich over the stove (I totally understand if you don't), plate your creation, drizzled with a little chestnut honey. Grilled cheese never looked so good. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery . Food Editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less.
December 3, 2012 |
The Melt, a young Bay Area grilled cheese chain with a Silicon Valley pedigree, is betting that health-conscious Angelenos will embrace its comfort-food offerings as it expands in Southern California this month. On Dec. 15, the chain will launch in the heart of Hollywood at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street. Visitors who find a special password on the company's Facebook page will get a free sandwich and soup combination on opening day. The Melt will open another eatery at Figueroa and 7 th streets downtown on or before Dec. 15. Instead of food trucks, the Melt will start running two buses around Los Angeles to serve its food at roughly the same time.
November 28, 2012 |
Could anything possibly be better than mac 'n' cheese? Probably not. We ran this recipe for mac 'n' cheese a few weeks ago -- a reader requested King's Fish House's take on the classic. I love the fact that it takes just over an hour to make, perfect if you're thinking about what to put on the table for dinner tonight. Can't get enough mac 'n' cheese? Check out these other variations here. 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 20, 2012 |
Who said French toast was just for breakfast? This savory take on the comfort food -- stuffed with bacon, Gruyère cheese and dandelion greens and pan-fried to ooey-gooey perfection -- works well served any time of the day. And dinner is served in less than an hour. You can find the recipe here. 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 17, 2012
Total time: 1½ hours Servings: 4 to 6 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/4 pound applewood smoked bacon, cut crosswise into thin strips 1 large onion, diced ¾ inch 2 packed cups leftover turkey meat, diced ¾ inch 1 pound (about 2 medium) baked garnet yams, diced ¾ inch (candied leftover yams can be substituted) 2 cups cooked Brussels sprouts, cut into quarters 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh sage leaves Salt and pepper to taste 6 ounces (about 1½ cups)
November 14, 2012 |
If you are in South Gate, and you have commanded a table at Tacos DF, you are probably here for the Mexico City -style antojitos , which is to say the broad huaraches piled high with chicken, the quesadillas stuffed with squash blossoms and melted cheese, or the saucer-size sopes stained black with musky huitlacoche . If you are a fan of pambazos , the soaked and griddle-crisped sandwiches that are what the devil's mother-in-law...