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December 23, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
In our latest Saturday section, Times Food staff shared our favorite Christmas dinner traditions . I wrote about pecan pie , describing the dessert that has become a tradition shared with my in-laws. As of this writing, I've already heard from a number of readers wanting to know more about the pie and where they can find the recipe. Thanks so much for all of your emails! I've written up the recipe and you can find it below. Merry Christmas! ALSO: Apples 101...
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FOOD
November 13, 2013
Total time: 2 hours, plus chilling time Servings: 6 to 8 Note: The crust recipe is adapted from Deborah Madison's "Local Flavors. " This recipe uses a standard 9-inch pie plate. 2 1/4 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon sea salt, divided Zest of 2 lemons, divided 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) plus 2 tablespoons cold butter, divided 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar 1 egg, separated 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed 1/4 cup quick-cooking, small-pearl tapioca 1/2 teaspoon cardamom 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 4 cups peeled, cored and sliced pears (4 to 5 pears)
FOOD
September 23, 2009 | Noelle Carter
Dear SOS: Many lemon bars are either too sweet or much too tangy. Euro Pane's is just the perfect combination. The base is crumbly yet firm. They also serve really large portions. I always love picking up a couple and putting them in the fridge. They taste so much better cold, well at least for me. There have been many times when these bars run out, so I always have to call to make sure they can set aside a couple. I'm sure this bar will become a staple in dessert menus in many homes.
FOOD
February 9, 2013 | Thomas Keller
So often when people plan Valentine's Day dinners, they want to finish with a big, elaborate dessert. I prefer to go in a different direction. To me, nothing expresses love better than a simple dish that is taken to a new level because you've taken extra care in its making. A perfect example is the very simple custard tart called Pomme d'Amour that is made by Knead Patisserie in San Francisco. Technically, I suppose this should be called a croustade d'oeuf, since it's nothing more than a custard baked in a crust, but I like Knead's version enough to call it by its name.
SCIENCE
February 19, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Talk about passing gas: Vast stores of helium are escaping from the steam vents and hot springs of Yellowstone National Park after being trapped within Earth's crust for up to 2 billion years, according to new research. In a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey determined that the famed national park was releasing hundreds -- if not thousands -- of times more helium than anticipated. In fact, researchers say, the escaping helium -- about 60 tons per year --  is enough to fill one Goodyear blimp every week.
FOOD
December 30, 2009
Dear SOS: Having encountered the best chocolate pie ever at Cold Springs Tavern, an old stagecoach stop in Santa Barbara, I'm wondering whether you can persuade the restaurant to share its recipe. I am quite certain it is prepared on premises, is served warm and contains walnuts. Dee Dee Ruhlow Burbank Dear Dee Dee: We loved the combination of chocolate with walnuts and rum in this very rich pie, perfect for chocolate lovers! Each slice is great served slightly warmed with a big glass of milk.
FOOD
March 24, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: We were hosted by our good friends for our 50 t h anniversary for dinner at Morton's Steakhouse . We were served smoked salmon pizza as an appetizer. Could you manage to get the recipe? Sylvia Nureddine Ontario Dear Sylvia: Morton's was happy to share its recipe for smoked salmon pizza, which we've adapted below. Morton's smoked salmon pizza Total time: 15 minutes Servings: 6 to 8 Note: Adapted from Morton's Steakhouse 1 (12-inch)
FOOD
December 30, 2010
  It was love at first bite when Food section assistant editor Rene Lynch met Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar's Crack Pie. A woman obsessed, she tracked down the recipe from pastry chef Christina Tosi. Its filling is ooey-gooey and buttery. The crust is inspired by an oat cookie. "I'll wager that it's not like any pie you've ever had before because that salty-sweet-crunchy-oaty crust is as much a part of the pie as the filling itself," Lynch says. "Eat it with a spoon. While it's still in the pie plate.
FOOD
July 2, 1992
Thank you for the survey of quick pizzas (The Pizza Challenge, June 11). But I've got one to challenge your best homemade pizza. It's similar to the Boboli idea, which is a good one, but needs some help. (I've tried a couple of Boboli crusts, but the flavor puts me off, perhaps somewhat like some of your tasters didn't like the Pillsbury crust.) I make focaccia, which is an easy item to do ahead and keep in the freezer. Often I'll bake a stack of focaccia at one time. You can modify the softness or crispness of the crust by increasing or decreasing the baking time.
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