September 1, 2012 |
Once relatively unknown outside of its home area, the Hatch green chile has become a cult item in Southern California. But what exactly is a Hatch chile? There is no chile variety called Hatch. Hatch chiles include a whole family of long green peppers from the species Capsicum annuum (the same peppers when fully mature turn red and are dried). They range tremendously in spiciness and flavor. You may have seen Anaheim chiles in the supermarket that look just the same, but they are an exceedingly bland member of the clan.
August 23, 2012 |
Just before my neighbor Cass left on a mushroom hunting expedition in northern New Mexico, she left a message to remind me that it's Hatch chile season. Now. That's the famous New Mexican chile grown in the Mesilla Valley with its hot days and cool nights. She also sent me the link to Melissa's , a produce company that brings in the Hatch chiles. Melissa's will be roasting up the chiles at several SoCal locations over the next few weeks. Here's the schedule: Saturday, Aug. 25: Sprouts, Chula Vista Saturday, Aug. 25: Bristol Farms, Westchester Sunday, Aug. 26: Sprouts, Chula Vista - Eastlake Saturday, Sept.
July 25, 2012 |
At this rate, the only American aspect of the Farmers Classic might soon be that it's held in the United States. After five consecutive losses by Americans against foreign players to start the tournament at UCLA's L.A. Tennis Center, Rajeev Ram of Carmel, Ind., ended the streak with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Paul Capdeville of Chile on Wednesday afternoon. Ram, who joins second-seeded Sam Querrey of Thousand Oaks and Michael Russell of Houston in the quarterfinals, disputed the notion that the United States is no longer relevant internationally.
July 21, 2012
Total time: About 1¼ hours, plus chilling time Servings: 4 to 6 Note: Serve this dip with fresh pita bread or other Middle Eastern flatbread. You can find tahini paste and Aleppo red pepper at Middle Eastern markets. 2 globe eggplants (about 2 pounds) 2 poblano chiles (about ¾ pound) 3 large cloves garlic, minced (about 3 teaspoons) 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste), stirred in the jar until blended before measuring, more to taste 2 tablespoons plain whole-milk yogurt or labneh (Middle Eastern strained yogurt)
July 16, 2012 |
Two years after starring in its premiere in Los Angeles, Placido Domingo brought “Il Postino,” the opera about the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, to Neruda's homeland. The opera by the late Daniel Catan just concluded a run at the Municipal Theater of Santiago starring Domingo, who is L.A. Opera's general director. The performances featured other leading cast members from the L.A. production. Conducting is Grant Gershon, the resident conductor of Los Angeles Opera, who also led the orchestra for the L.A. premiere.
May 5, 2012 |
Any discussion of Tar & Roses must begin, as your dinner probably will, with what is probably its simplest appetizer, a concoction of popcorn tossed with brown sugar, lardons and chile, like a bowl of Cracker Jack with chewy cubes of bacon instead of peanuts. (Why can't there be chewy cubes of bacon and peanuts? That is an excellent question.) The popcorn falls solidly into a genre new in Los Angeles cooking, something we may call an elevated bar snack, a staple of the many, many gastropubs that have come to dominate casual dining here over the last couple of years.
April 28, 2012
Total time: 25 minutes, plus cooling time Servings: This makes about 1½ cups chile oil Note: Adapted from "China Moon Cookbook" by Barbara Tropp. 1/3 cup dried red chile flakes 3 tablespoons fermented black beans, unrinsed and coarsely chopped 2 large cloves garlic, slightly crushed 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 1 1/4 cups canola oil 3 tablespoons sesame oil 1. In a small saucepan, combine the chile flakes, fermented black beans, garlic, ginger, canola and sesame oils.
March 31, 2012
Total time: 10 minutes Servings: This makes 1/4 to 1/3 cup. 1 jalapeño, serrano or red Fresno chile, cut in a few pieces, with seeds left in 3 garlic cloves, peeled and halved 1/2 cup (packed) cilantro sprigs, chopped a few times 1 to 2 teaspoons water, more if needed Salt In a mini food processor, chop chile and garlic until fine. Add cilantro and finely chop. Add 1 teaspoon water. Process to form a paste, adding a little more water if needed.
February 23, 2012
Pastry obsessives might have an affinity for layer cakes, fruit tarts or croissants, and may even know where to score kouign amann (the caramelized Breton pastry). Filipino silvanas and Danishes by way of Taiwan are probably a taller order. How about warm Persian sangak slathered with cultured cream and honey? Or the Chilean cake brazo de reina filled with dulce de leche ? Here are some bakeries from recent Find columns at which to get your beyond-chocolate-chip-cookies fix. - Linda Burum, Miles Clements, Betty Hallock and C. Thi Nguyen Chilenazo Baker Ruben Villaruel is baking more than Chilenazo's sturdy buns - the foundation of the Chilean cafe's hefty sandwiches.
February 9, 2012 |
Spain's most famous judge, heralded abroad for seeking to put dictators behind bars, was found guilty Thursday of overstepping his authority in a corruption investigation here. Baltasar Garzon won global fame for indicting former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1998. He's been dubbed a "dictator hunter" abroad for championing the principle of universal jurisdiction, the idea that some crimes are so heinous that they deserve to be investigated, no matter where or when. But his crusade hit a snag Thursday in Spain.