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April 5, 2014 | By Noelle Carter
Dear SOS: At Mendocino Farms, they make this incredible cold couscous salad that's out-of-this-world yummy. I don't usually like couscous, but there is something great about this cold yet tangy summer salad. If possible, could you track it down? Doris Perl Sherman Oaks Dear Doris: Even if we haven't formally hit summer just yet, this brightly colorful and refreshing couscous salad from Mendocino Farms is a perfect way to celebrate the warmer weather we've been experiencing lately.
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April 16, 2014
Total time: about 10 minutes Servings: 2 sandwiches Note: Although a classic croque-monsieur is served with a sauce Mornay, this is a simpler version, with snipped fresh chives for garnish. This recipe assumes the use of an electric panini press. 4 slices white sourdough bread 4 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated or very thinly sliced 4 ounces Black Forest ham, very thinly sliced 2 tablespoons chives, snipped with a pair of scissors 1. Turn on the panini grill.
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February 22, 2014 | By Russ Parsons
There is an ocean full of canned sardines at local markets, but which ones are really worth buying? Tasting through more than a dozen samples, the range of quality was astonishing. There were sardines that were as bland as beige, and then there were fish that were absolutely magnificent. To help make sense of the journey, I enlisted Lou Amdur, owner of Lou Provisions & Wine and a sardine lover from way back. We sampled sardines from a variety of sources: regular supermarkets, high-end markets, Asian markets and specialty markets such as the Harbor City Spanish store La Española Meats.
FOOD
April 16, 2014
Total time: 50 minutes Servings: Makes 8 medium or 30 mini frittatas 3 medium or 4 small zucchini 2 large eggs, separated 1 1/3 cups coarsely grated feta cheese 1/4 cup chopped green onions 1/2 cup flour (or slightly more if necessary) 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil or oregano (or half of each) 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Olive oil for frying 1. Rinse the zucchini, grate and place in a colander. Drain for 15 minutes, then squeeze to remove any excess liquid; you should have 2 packed cups.
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August 20, 2008
Total time: 45 minutes Servings: 8 (makes 16 pancakes) Note: Adapted from BLD. The restaurant recommends using a dryer ricotta with large curds such as Gioia (a wet ricotta will make the batter grainy). 3 eggs, yolks and whites separated 3/4 cup ricotta cheese 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 2 1/4 cups milk 1 3/4 cups flour 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 pints blueberries 1. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and ricotta cheese so that there are no large lumps of cheese, but make sure the mixture does not become too smooth (this will make the pancakes wet and grainy)
NEWS
February 8, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new contestant in the who-can-top-this outrageous new fast food item: the bacon milkshake from Jack in the Box. The bacon shake is made with no actual bacon, just real vanilla ice cream, bacon-flavored syrup, whipped topping and a maraschino cherry, according to the website. We were thinking this had to be the most trayf food known to mankind before we saw the ingredient list. We'll get to the nutritional info in a minute. The item is proving to be somewhat polarizing, with some people loving the product (or the idea of it, at least)
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March 3, 2011 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
  Dear Culinary SOS: On our trip to the Russian River earlier this month, we had a lot of amazing food. The dish we can't get out of our heads is the Brussels sprouts at boon eat + drink in Guerneville. Everyone in town sent us in to the restaurant to try these out, and now we know why. We still can't get over the incredible flavor and texture; they were outrageous. Please help us get the recipe for this. It would be perfect for holiday meals. Rebecca Sommer Pasadena Dear Rebecca: Delicately crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, boon's Brussels sprouts are served warm, tossed in a simple dressing with bright notes of lemon and just a touch of heat from red chile flakes.
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July 21, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: I'd love to get the recipe for goat cheese bread pudding from Nopa in San Francisco. It's the best one I've had, and I'm eager to try to duplicate it. Margaret Briggs Altadena Dear Margaret: Nopa's savory take on this classic comfort food is wonderfully rich yet amazingly light in texture, the bread cubes breaking down into a luxuriously soft pudding. Served alongside a simple salad, it makes the perfect meal. Nopa's goat cheese bread pudding Total time: 3 hours, plus overnight refrigerating and chilling times Servings: 12 to 16 Note: Adapted from Nopa in San Francisco.
FOOD
June 17, 2010
Cornmeal pancakes Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 2 to 4 Note: Adapted from the 1943 "Joy of Cooking" by Irma Rombauer. 1 cup white or yellow cornmeal 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons melted butter 1 to 2 tablespoons honey, sugar or syrup 1 cup boiling water 1/2 cup milk 1 egg 1/2 cup flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1. Combine the cornmeal, salt, butter and honey in a large, heavy bowl.
HEALTH
January 11, 2010 | By Elena Conis
If your diet lacks fiber, it's your own fault. High levels of the cholesterol-lowering, regularity-inducing substance can now be found in many breads, pastas, cereals -- even yogurts, cakes and juices. Some foods, such as whole wheat bread, are naturally high in fiber. A growing number of products, however, proudly proclaim their high-fiber content, such as Arnold's Double Fiber Bread and Yoplait's Fiber One yogurt, getting some or all of their fiber from so-called isolated or functional fibers -- ingredients with names like inulin, maltodextrin and polydextrose -- that manufacturers intentionally add to foods to boost total fiber content.
SCIENCE
April 14, 2014 | Neela Banerjee, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Drilling operations at several natural gas wells in southwestern Pennsylvania released methane into the atmosphere at rates that were 100 to 1,000 times greater than federal regulators had estimated, new research shows. Using a plane that was specially equipped to measure greenhouse gas emissions in the air, scientists found that drilling activities at seven well pads in the booming Marcellus shale formation emitted 34 grams of methane per second, on average. The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that such drilling releases between 0.04 grams and 0.30 grams of methane per second.
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April 5, 2014 | By Noelle Carter
Dear SOS: At Mendocino Farms, they make this incredible cold couscous salad that's out-of-this-world yummy. I don't usually like couscous, but there is something great about this cold yet tangy summer salad. If possible, could you track it down? Doris Perl Sherman Oaks Dear Doris: Even if we haven't formally hit summer just yet, this brightly colorful and refreshing couscous salad from Mendocino Farms is a perfect way to celebrate the warmer weather we've been experiencing lately.
FOOD
February 22, 2014 | By Russ Parsons
There is an ocean full of canned sardines at local markets, but which ones are really worth buying? Tasting through more than a dozen samples, the range of quality was astonishing. There were sardines that were as bland as beige, and then there were fish that were absolutely magnificent. To help make sense of the journey, I enlisted Lou Amdur, owner of Lou Provisions & Wine and a sardine lover from way back. We sampled sardines from a variety of sources: regular supermarkets, high-end markets, Asian markets and specialty markets such as the Harbor City Spanish store La Española Meats.
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December 5, 2013
Total time: 40 minutes Servings: 12 1 cup grated baking potato, drained and firmly packed (about 1 potato) 1 cup peeled and grated sweet potato, firmly packed (about 1 sweet potato) 1 cup peeled and grated parsnip, firmly packed (about 1 parsnip) 1 cup grated carrot (about 1 large carrot) 3 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 3/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (leaves only)
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August 2, 2013
Apricot Biscotti Active Work Time: 25 minutes * Total Preparation Time: 1 hour 10 minutes Nonstick cooking spray 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 egg whites, divided 1/4 cup nonfat egg substitute (equivalent to 1 egg) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage, or to taste 1 cup chopped dried apricots 3 cups flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt * Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
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June 17, 2013
  Garden Corn and Tomato Salad Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 25 minutes * Vegetarian 5 ears corn 2 pounds tomatoes, diced 1 1/2 cups sliced green onions 1 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1 teaspoon salt Lettuce leaves, for serving Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the corn and cook 3 minutes. Remove the corn from the pot and plunge into cold water to cover. Drain the corn, then slice the kernels from the cobs: Place each cob, stem end down, on the counter and, with a sharp knife, cut down on the cob. You'll have about 4 cups of corn.
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April 6, 2013
  20 minutes. Serves 2 to 4. 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 slices applewood-smoked bacon, cut crosswise into ½-inch strips 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 1 (1-pound) bunch dandelion greens, trimmed and torn into 3- to 4-inch strips Salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 teaspoons sherry vinegar 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is crisp and the fat is rendered.
FOOD
July 1, 2010
Grilled corn with tequila-lime butter Total time: 1 hour, plus chilling time for the butter Servings: 8 Note: This butter can be made a day ahead and stored tightly wrapped in the refrigerator. 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature 3/4 teaspoon minced, seeded jalapeño 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest (about 4 Mexican limes) 1 teaspoon lime juice (about 1 Mexican lime) 1 teaspoon tequila 1 tablespoon minced cilantro 1/2 teaspoon salt 8 unshucked ears corn 1. Make the tequila-lime butter.
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June 1, 2013 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: The chilled tomato soup at the Obika Mozzarella Bar in Century City is bright, refreshing and delicious. Any chance they'd be willing to share? Jody Litvak Los Angeles Dear Jody: Tomato soup doesn't get any more fresh, simple or fast than this. Essentially nothing more than a chilled purée of fresh tomatoes, this is one dish in which quality of the ingredients makes all the difference. Obika was happy to share its recipe, which we've adapted below. Obika's chilled organic tomato soup 20 minutes, plus chilling time.
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May 25, 2013
  1 hour. 6 servings 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, sliced in ¼-inch half-moons 4 slices prosciutto, cut in ¼-inch ribbons 6 red and yellow bell peppers 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 1 pound spaghetti Grated Pecorino Romano 1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add the onion and prosciutto, and cook until the onions have softened but...
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