June 22, 2013 |
It doesn't matter how sunny it might be right now, it takes a month or so of that much heat to get most tomatoes to that perfect, juice-dripping ripeness we all crave. But until then, look for little grape or cherry tomatoes. They're smaller, so they ripen earlier and they are bred to be high in sugar. Late-summer flavor without a long wait. How to choose: Tomatoes should be vibrantly colored with taut, shiny skin. There should be no soft or wrinkly spots. How to store: Never refrigerate tomatoes -- it kills the flavor.
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.
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.
January 10, 2014 |
Wanted: a restaurant perfect for dinner for two. It could be a first date, blind even. Or a night out without the kids. Or an evening spent taking a friendship or love affair to another level over a marquee chef's tasting menu. We've all been in that tight spot, casting about for the right restaurant to suit the anticipated evening. Acabar Acabar (the former Dar Maghreb) could be the most romantic restaurant in L.A., a sleek fantasy of Morocco complete with intricately carved bar and lounge.
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.
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...
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
February 28, 2013 |
Until recently, horse meat butchers, with their store signs featuring a red horse's head, were commonplace in France, and elsewhere in Europe. And so the news of the equine meat scandal reads a little differently there, where people aren't shocked by the idea of eating horse meat. The fact that the scandal uncovered horse meat being slipped into dishes otherwise labeled as beef is another matter. An article in the Paris newspaper Le Monde (link in French) this week posits, "Should we distribute dishes with horse meat or destroy them?"