April 28, 2012
Total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes Servings: Serves 4 as part of a multi-dish meal 2 pounds meaty pork spareribs, cut crosswise through the bone into strips about 1½ inches wide 3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger 2 large green onions, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar 1 tablespoon dark (thick) soy sauce 3 tablespoons Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry 1 1/2 cups water 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 tablespoon fermented black beans, unrinsed and chopped 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro, optional 1. Starting from one end, remove the tough white membrane from the underside of each rib strip: Slide the tip of a knife underneath the membrane that lies between 2 rib bones, lift it up and cut it. Then, use a paper towel to grab the membrane and pull it away from the ribs.
April 14, 2012
Sea bean salad Total time: 15 minutes Servings: 2 Note: Adapted from Joan's on Third. Sea beans may be available at select Asian markets as well as online at earthy.com and marxfoods.com ; you can also contact your local produce manager to see if the market might order them for you. If you cannot locate sea beans, an equal amount of snow peas or pea shoots can be substituted. 1/2 pound sea beans 3/4 pound yellow wax beans 1/2 pound shelled edamame beans (about 2 cups)
March 31, 2012
Total time: 10 minutes Servings: This makes 1/4 to 1/3 cup. 1 jalapeño, serrano or red Fresno chile, cut in a few pieces, with seeds left in 3 garlic cloves, peeled and halved 1/2 cup (packed) cilantro sprigs, chopped a few times 1 to 2 teaspoons water, more if needed Salt In a mini food processor, chop chile and garlic until fine. Add cilantro and finely chop. Add 1 teaspoon water. Process to form a paste, adding a little more water if needed.
December 29, 2011 |
Whether your New Year's festivities include planning a big cocktail party or hosting a simple dinner, odds are you'll want something to feed your guests over the hours as they count down to 2012. Here are 25 easy-to-make little dishes to choose from - they're not recipes really, but ideas you can adapt to make your own. No matter whether you're planning fancy hors d'oeuvres or are looking for some simple nibbles to keep the natives from getting restless as the clock winds down, we should have you covered.Many can be prepared hours - even a day or two - in advance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2011 |
A gang sweep dubbed Operation Garlic Press this week struck another blow at an intricate crime network that stretches along Interstate 5 and small-town back roads from the Mexican border to the Bay Area. At a Friday news conference in the farming community of Gilroy, known for its annual garlic festival, Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris announced that agents had made more than 100 arrests after an 18-month operation. This sweep — which covered Alameda, Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties — comes on the heels of a Central Valley sweep in June in which authorities said they arrested high-ranking gang leaders living in tiny farm towns, directing a web of human, gun and drug trafficking.
June 30, 2011 |
Dear San Francisco, Will you please get a life? First you passed a law prohibiting the sale of most Happy Meals. Then you set your sights on banning circumcision. Now you're trying to make it illegal to sell almost every kind of pet, including goldfish, within city limits. In one way, this isn't entirely surprising. In order to buy a goldfish, you usually need to carry it home in a plastic Ziploc bag. You haven't banned those yet, only plastic grocery bags, but it can only be a matter of time.
June 16, 2011 |
Like many women, I had a secret list of requirements that my future husband would have to meet before I married him. At the top of the list? He had to love food. In my Mexican family, food has always been at the forefront of our conversations, imagination and life. My parents and I will spend hours discussing a menu for any gathering, no matter how small. My grandmother and father would take an entire day preparing a family meal, shopping together, cooking together. My mother could create a fabulous meal out of anything in the pantry.
May 19, 2011
Spaghetti with arugula and garlic bread crumbs Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 6 Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any other recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, we would like to know about it so we can showcase it on our food blog and occasionally in print. Upload pictures of the finished dish here. 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs 1 clove garlic, split in half lengthwise Olive oil Salt 1 pound spaghetti 1/2 cup finely chopped arugula Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano 1. Combine the bread crumbs in a small saucepan with the garlic and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Stir to coat well; there should be only a light trace of oil in the bottom of the pan. Season with a pinch of salt and place over medium-high heat.
April 7, 2011
Zetas with garlic and Pasilla chiles Total time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 Note: Pasilla chiles are available in Latin markets as well as the Latin section of many well-stocked grocery stores. Epazote, a fresh herb, is generally available at Latin markets. Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any other recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, we would like to know about it so we can showcase it on our food blog and occasionally in print.