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.
September 23, 2009 |
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.
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.
January 30, 2008 |
Dear SOS: A friend of mine absolutely loves the lemon bars from Joan's on Third. Any chance of getting the recipe? Thanks! Linda West , Glendale Dear Linda: It's easy to fall in love with the lemon bars at Joan's on Third -- all lined up in the glass bakery case, prettily dusted with sugar. A recipe for lemon bars with the right balance of tart and sweet isn't so easy to come by. But these are both sweet and citrusy-bright, with fresh lemon curd over a rich shortbread crust.
February 19, 1987 |
In my early days of microwaving, I met a man who had just bought a new microwave oven and wanted to use it for frozen uncooked pizza. It took a lot of effort to convince him that the capabilities of the microwave, although considerable, did not include microwaving frozen raw pizza. I explained the differences between microwaving and oven baking.
February 12, 1987
Talk about quick and easy. Not a bit of cooking or baking is required for Cherry-Cheese Pie. The creamy dessert base thickens instantly with the addition of lemon juice. Cream cheese gives more body, resulting in a filling that's light and delicate, but still firm enough to support the heart-shaped cherry garnish.
June 25, 1997
After seeing the movie "Big Night," I looked for a recipe for timpano but never found one--until yours ("Bake the Drum Slowly" [Timpano di Maccheroni al Ragu], Oct. 17, 1996, by Russ Parsons). After reading the article and seeing what was involved, I thought I'd never try it--but now I have. On Mother's Day, I thought I would surprise my mother since this is truly a gift of love--at least I think so, considering what it took to get it on the table. I began the morning before. Shopping wasn't a problem, and I followed the recipes for each component, each of which I would certainly do again.
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.
February 16, 2012 |
Dear SOS: Bob Heilman's Beachcomber Restaurant in Clearwater Beach, Fla., has the most exquisite Key lime pie I have ever eaten. It isn't heavy - it is light but not airy like a mousse. The crust was not soggy on the bottom - almost like it was just made. Do you think they'd share the recipe? Tina Nelissen Anaheim -- Dear Tina: Heilman's was happy to share its recipe for Key lime pie, which we've adapted below. Heilman's Key lime pie Total time: 25 minutes, plus cooling and chilling times Servings: 8 Note: Adapted from Bob Heilman's Beachcomber Restaurant in Clearwater, Fla. The restaurant uses Eagle Brand condensed milk in the recipe and serves the pie topped with whipped cream, though meringue can be substituted.