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December 6, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Have you ever tried to make your own marshmallows? They may be a little tricky (yes, a thermometer is involved), but they can be a lot of fun, and make great gifts. Add a little spice to flavor them however you'd like - cinnamon, lemon, almond. Even coconut. And there's nothing that beats the flavor, and texture, of homemade. Check out the step-by-step video above for tips, and follow the recipe below to make cinnamon marshmallow stars -- they're perfect treats for holiday gift-giving!
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.
November 21, 1999
There were many responses to the story on spice prices ("What Price Spice?" Nov. 10), offering alternatives to supermarket prices. Here is a selection: Your article caught my eye because I use those spices all the time in cooking and crafting (great stuff for potpourri and cinnamon ornaments). I have found the ultimate source for cinnamon and cloves and others: Cost Plus. It has a food section and all the spices you can think of and more. The spices come in cellophane bags. The store also has barrels full of glass containers, which they sell for 99 cents.
July 15, 2010 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
  Dear SOS: On a recent trip to Silicon Valley, we went to breakfast one morning at a restaurant called the Country Gourmet in Sunnyvale . I had the whole wheat pancakes. These were some of the best I have ever had. I make my own whole wheat pancakes, but these were far better. A pleasant, nutty taste and a smooth texture. Yum. I would love to have the recipe. Any chance of getting it? Ronald Ross Rancho Palos Verdes Dear Ronald: We loved the light texture and flavor of this recipe, which combines a base of all-purpose and whole wheat flour with hints of cinnamon, vanilla and honey and a bright tang from buttermilk.
January 22, 1989
Homeless people sleeping in shelters will be hungry people. When people are hungry, it is good to give them food, but it should be nutritious food. Cost is a major factor. I do not know if the doughnuts are donated by the bakers, but I do know that a doughnut for a hungry person is not the solution to hunger. It will give a temporary lift followed by more intense hunger and depression. A couple of slices of cinnamon and raisin bread would be a better answer. The loaf costs about $1.80 and contains 18 slices, enough to give nine people a tasty snack and real nutrition at a cost of 20 cents a person.
February 3, 2011
Greek walnut cake Total time: About 1 hour Servings: 12 to 16 Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try any of the L.A. Times Test Kitchen recipes from this week's Food section, please share it with us: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish. Note: This cake is shown served with honeyed crème fraîche (whisk together 1/2 cup crème fraîche with 1 tablespoon orange blossom honey to sweeten). 2 cups sifted flour (8 ounces) 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon allspice 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 cup ground walnuts (3½ ounces)
I have cooked all sorts of things for Thanksgiving dinner, including turkey with all the trimmings. But because I don't eat meat, the traditional Thanksgiving feast leaves me feeling very thankful indeed for mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. A few years ago I decided that my family, being fairly adventurous eaters, might not mind a little variety, so I replaced the turkey with an 8-pound salmon and preserved continuity by passing cranberry relish on the side.
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