May 25, 2011 |
No need to overcook pork, the USDAadvised earlier this week. The agency lowered its recommended cooking temperature to 145 degrees from 160 degrees, to a round of applause from chefs. But don’t start thinking this lower-cooking-temperature advice holds up across the board. The safe minimum temperature varies by food. Here’s a quick primer, from the appropriately titled USDA brochure “Is It Done Yet,” on how high internal temperatures should be to kill bacteria. -Steak and roasts: 145 degrees.
October 21, 2009 |
Sometimes, listening to the pundits and ponderers, I get the feeling that cooking is my duty. It's good for the environment; it's good for my health; it's good for society; it's good for my family; it's good for the small farmers and food producers who depend on my business. But though all of those things are doubtless true, the one reason for cooking I rarely hear mentioned is that it's just plain fun. Granted, that's not always true. Tuesday at 8 p.m. after I've gotten off the Blue Line hungry and tired from a long day at work, stove-time does not seem remotely recreational, even for me. But other times it certainly does.
November 13, 1991 |
In an action likely to raise concerns around dinner tables throughout California, the state attorney general joined an environmental group Tuesday in suing 10 major dishware manufacturers for failure to warn consumers of potentially dangerous amounts of lead that can leach into food from household cups, plates and bowls. The legal action by Atty. Gen.
February 9, 2012 |
This is the first vintage for Jack Hammer Wine Co., and they've come out with a terrific Pinot Noir for the price. The grapes come from all three Central Coast counties - Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara - and the juice sees some aging in old French oak barriques . The result is a delightful Pinot Noir with bright fruit flavors, gentle spice and round, smooth tannins. It goes down very easy and marries with all sorts of dishes. Drink it with hors d'oeuvres and vegetable dishes, with grilled salmon or duck breast.
January 27, 2011 |
It's lunchtime on the last Thursday of 2010, and JoAnn "Jo" Stougaard is holding court at her usual corner table at Jitlada on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, as she has nearly every week since March. But this is a momentous occasion. Today, Stougaard will eat her 148th, 149th and 150th dishes from among the restaurant's about 300 mostly southern Thai specialties ? the halfway point toward her goal of working her way through the entire menu, curry by curry, pad see ew by pad Thai, miang khun shrimp by yala tiger prawn.
December 10, 2012 |
With the holiday season in full swing, more than a few of us will be hosting a festive dinner party, buffet or potluck. Following are a few helpful tips and tricks I've learned from hosting my own gatherings over the years: LISTEN: Noelle talks buffet psychology with "The Splendid Table" host Lynne Rossetto Kasper BUFFET PSYCHOLOGY 101: As pleasant as any holiday event may be, it seems like the moment someone rings the dinner...
March 4, 2010
Here's a lively, fresh Pinot Grigio from the vineyards of the Alto Adige region of Italy, near the Austrian border. Scented with flowers and sweet grasses, the 2008 St. Michael-Eppan Pinot Grigio comes from a great little cooperative in the region. I'm taken with its bright acidity and touch of minerality, along with its notes of pear and ripe apple. Pinot Grigio is a tremendously versatile white wine that can go with all sorts of dishes. Minestrone and other rustic vegetable soups, pasta dishes, grilled fish and scampi come to mind first.
November 27, 1988 |
When you feel like turning the tables back to the past. DAN TANA'S, 9071 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (213) 275-9444. $15-$35 per person. Style: Old Hollywood hangout serving substantial Italian food. Decor: Red and white checks; tan celebs. Recommended dishes: Spaghetti with meatballs; cannelloni; steak. KING DRAGON, 170 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills. (213) 652-4187. $20-$40 per person. Style: Chinese chow from the 50's updated 80's style. Decor: Dark.
October 14, 2009
Wat Dong Moon Lek LOCATION 4356 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 666-5993. PRICE Small plates, $4.59 to $7.99; small and large noodle dishes, $3.99 to $6.99; main dishes, $5.99 to $10.95; desserts, $3 to $5.99. BEST DISHES Chile peppercorn over rice, larb tod , rambutan salad, tom yum udon, desserts. DETAILS Open daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cash only (in the process of getting credit card access). Lot and street parking. No alcohol.
July 1, 1990
Wish you'd do a list of good-health dishes. Help us enjoy dining out without fear of a space in tomorrow's obituary column. TOGO W. TANAKA Los Angeles