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March 22, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR
In all her 11 years of life, Nahal Pirian had never eaten ravioli, let alone cooked it. "I've just made cookies and stuff," the dark-eyed youngster explained after she made the little spinach-stuffed dumplings that have been a staple of Italian cuisine for hundreds of years. The cooking lesson, held at Rosti, a Tuscan eatery in Encino, was part of Lanai Road Elementary School's Kids' Cooking Week, which also included visits to Chevy's restaurant and tours of nearby Ralphs and Mrs.
May 30, 1985 | MINNIE BERNARDINO, Times Staff Writer
Question: Do you agree that adding salt to meats or eggs before cooking is a big no-no? As a young, inexperienced cook, I hadn't heard of this until a neighbor friend told me so. She said salt toughens and dries out food. Can you please discuss this matter in your column? Answer: Technically, salt draws out moisture through the process of osmosis. This is the basis for all the theories about drying and toughening properties of salt when in contact with foods.
October 6, 1990 | MARLA CONE
When Tony Higson throws another shrimp on his barby, he doesn't pollute the air. Charcoal lighter fluid was banned in Australia three years ago--because of safety concerns, not smog--and consumers don't seem to miss it, said Higson, who represents a company that manufactures Blazer, an alcohol-based gel that is squirted onto charcoal. "Products like this are completely safe, odor-free and pollution free. Everyone uses them in Australia," Higson said.
January 7, 1990 | BILL STEIGERWALD
On PBS, where, let's face it, most food shows have treated food preparation as a quasi-sacramental act, Mike Kalina is the culinary equivalent of a pie-throwing priest. Kalina is the host-cum-standup-comedian of "The Travelin' Gourmet," a new PBS food and travel show that peppers its 30 minutes of practical tips on cooking and back-kitchen visits to famous European eateries with a most untraditional PBS ingredient--fun.
June 16, 1988 | MIKE SPENCER, Times Staff Writer
Harmony McCoy, who became a well-known chef after he had given up a long career as Lionel Hampton's music arranger, often expressed a belief that artistic talent of any kind gave an individual a leg up in the kitchen, too, and that cooking was as much an expression of art as painting or playing the piano. Mr. McCoy, meet Jason Mann.
October 27, 1991 | CHARLIE WATERS
Ever wonder why the line of traffic to the carry-out window at In-N-Out Burger or El Pollo Loco seems endless? Or why it's so hard to reserve a table for a candlelight dinner at Chez Denny's? Could be because lots of Southern Californians aren't eating a home-cooked meal tonight. Of 1,586 Southern Californians polled by The Times, 46% said they cook dinner at home every night; 17% do so two nights a week or less. And then there is Joan Berg, 52, of San Diego, who says: "I don't cook."
September 19, 1998 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN
There are those who would say a best Spam recipe is an oxymoron, like military justice. Not Sherman Oaks attorney Richard Mikesell. Mikesell won the Best Spam Recipe Contest on Monday at the Los Angeles County Fair. No, he isn't afraid of the pink meat, even if it is the subject of more jokes than Monica Lewinsky. And, yes, he usually has a can of Spam in his pantry, even when he isn't trying to fashion a prize-winning recipe from it.
June 10, 2012 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
It's going to be a "hell" of a summer. Chef Gordon Ramsay has one, two, three prime-time shows on Fox this season. "MasterChef" and "Hell's Kitchen" will dominate the network's prime-time programming on Mondays and Tuesday. A third show - "Hotel Hell," which features the famously furious chef darkening the doorway of hotels, inns and bed-and-breakfasts in need of a makeover - will be unveiled later in the summer. It all raises the question, though: Can you have too much Gordon Ramsay?
December 12, 1995 | TIM MAY
An 11-year-old boy from Granada Hills cooked a meal Saturday for about 30 families--including 75 children--who live at a homeless shelter in North Hollywood. And what a meal it was: juicy hamburgers, homemade potato salad, fresh carrot salad, nachos with cheese, and pie. Marko Moreno, a sixth-grader in the performing arts magnet at Pacoima Middle School, had been planning the holiday feast for several months, recruiting volunteers from his family, Boy Scout troop, church and school.
All across town, in kitchens where pigs' feet hang from clothespins and caldrons bubble with murky soup, families are gearing up for a historic event that may put this city on the culinary map: a menudo cook-off. The soup made from cow's stomach, hominy and pigs' feet is quintessentially Mexican, and this Sunday, San Fernando will sponsor its first menudo festival to celebrate its Mexican-American heritage.
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