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August 25, 2012 | By Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
When you are standing in line to order at Sycamore Kitchen, the new breakfast-lunch place in the La Brea design corridor, you are going to be distracted by the bakery counter, which stretches on for yards. Because in addition to the chocolate croissants and gluten-free muffins you might expect at a cafe in this part of town, there are all kinds of French pastries that you don't often see around here: the almond-scented brioche slice called bostock, and the puckered Breton butter pastry kouign amann, the blueberry financier, and walnut galettes that shatter into powder if you so much as look at them harshly.
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October 28, 2009
Moroccan lamb tagine with melting tomatoes and onions Total time: 3 hours and 45 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 Note: Adapted from "Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking" by Paula Wolfert. She recommends a glazed earthenware or Flameware tagine, or a 10- or 11-inch Spanish cazuela with a cover. She also recommends using a heat diffuser for slow, steady cooking (especially if using an electric or ceramic stove top). The flour tortillas are a substitution for Moroccan flatbread.
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December 23, 2010
  PapÃ?Â?Ã?­ Pera cocktail PapÃ?Â?Ã?­ Pera Total time: 12 minutes, plus steeping time for the syrup Servings: 1 Note: Adapted from Alex Day Cinnamon syrup 4 (3 ounces) cinnamon sticks 1 cup water 1 cup sugar Muddle the cinnamon sticks until broken. In a saucepan, combine the cinnamon, water and sugar, and bring just to a boil. Simmer for 3 minutes, remove from heat and cover. Set aside for at least 3 hours to cool and allow the flavor to develop.
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December 8, 2011
Brandied applesauce Total time: 40 minutes, plus cooling and chilling time Servings: Makes about 5 cups 4 pounds Granny Smith apples, or other cooking apples 3/4 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 cup apple cider 1/3 cup brandy, preferably applejack 2 cinnamon sticks Pinch nutmeg Pinch ground cloves Pinch dried ginger Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon 1. Peel, core and quarter...
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July 24, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
The nation's appetite for Cronuts seems to know no bounds. But it looks like Cristina Ferrare may be able to help with that. [UPDATED: An earlier version of this story misspelled Cristina] Sure, Wednesday morning - as every morning in recent memory - there were probably hundreds of people waiting in line outside of Manhattan's Dominique Ansel Bakery in hopes of procuring one of the little pastries made from fried croissant dough. But will they be there Thursday after they read Ferrare's take on the Cronut, developed with the help of Hayley Christopher, chef of the Hallmark Channel's “Home & Family” show?
FOOD
October 29, 2008
  Total time: 40 minutes Servings: Makes about 5 quarts(20 1-cup servings) Note: Adapted from Patricia Rubalcava. Abuelita and Ibarra Mexican chocolate tablets are available at most grocery stores. Champurrado can be garnished with cinnamon sticks, if desired. 2 (4-inch) cinnamon sticks 1/2 pound fresh masa (1 heaping cup), divided 4 (3.15-ounce) Mexican chocolate tablets, broken into small pieces 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk 1 (15-ounce)
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January 18, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Freekeh -- it's the grain pronounced free-ka and in Aramaic means "the rubbed one," a reference to rubbing off the roasted husk to reveal the grain, still green because it has to be harvested when young. The rubbed one is the loved one: Described as a cousin to bulgur wheat and native to Lebanon , Jordan, Syria and Egypt, it's the latest hip superfood showing up on menus such as at Jessica Koslow's Sqirl Cafe in Silver Lake.  Koslow serves her freekeh with pickled blueberries, chanterelles and goat cheese.
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September 28, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
If you think pancakes are just for breakfast, you haven't had a bite of these apple pancakes. Generous chunks of apple are folded into a light pancake batter, fragrant with a hint of cinnamon. The pancakes, lightly sweet, are a natural on the breakfast table, though they also make a pretty simple dinner after a long day. Topped with a scoop of ice cream, they make a rather good dessert too! Click here for 52 apple recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen! 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!
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