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September 26, 2011
The fare sold in "healthy" vending machines may do less damage to your waistline than the products found in mainstream machines, but experts caution that any processed snack is worse than a piece of fresh fruit or a handful of roasted nuts. Top-selling items in mainstream vending machines across the country, according to the 2011 State of the Vending Industry Report: Snickers bar: 280 calories, 14 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 30 grams of sugar Peanut M&Ms: 250 calories, 13 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 25 grams of sugar Ruffles Cheddar & Sour Cream potato chips: 240 calories, 16.5 grams of fat, 2.25 grams of saturated fat, 345 milligrams of sodium Top-selling items in "healthy" vending machines, according to Fresh Healthy Vending and H.U.M.A.N.
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FOOD
September 22, 2011
Total time: 25 minutes Servings: 6 to 8 Note: The best way to make this dessert is with a mandoline or a very sharp knife, in order to slice the fruit as thinly as possible. It can be served on individual serving plates or from one large central plate. Use the fruit options given below for the carpaccio, or substitute with fruit that can be sliced thinly without falling apart, or any fruit that will make a lovely, colorful, contrasted plate. 2 ripe but firm peaches, cut into paper-thin slices 4 fresh figs, cut in quarters 1/2 pineapple, peeled and cut into paper-thin slices 1 mango, cut into paper-thin slices 1 ripe but firm kiwi, peeled and cut into paper-thin slices 1 carambola (Chinese star fruit)
FOOD
March 24, 2012
  Total time: 1½ hours Servings: 6 to 8 Note: Adapted from a recipe in "The New German Cookbook" by Jean Anderson and Hedy Würz. 3/4 pound asparagus, trimmed of tough ends 1/4 pound double-smoked slab bacon, cut into ¼-inch cubes (about 1 cup bacon cubes) 3 leeks, trimmed and thinly sliced 2/3 cup quark, or ½ cup ricotta blended with 2 tablespoons sour cream 3/4 cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 extra-large eggs 1 cup coarsely shredded Emmentaler cheese 1 (9-inch)
FOOD
July 7, 2011
Oven-steamed salmon with dill mayonnaise Total time: 40 minutes Servings: 6 to 8 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 (1½- to 2-pound) salmon filet, in 1 piece Salt Oil 1 cup mayonnaise 1 teaspoon minced shallots 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1/2 cup minced fresh dill 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice 1. Heat the oven to 250 degrees.
FOOD
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.
FOOD
June 24, 2010
  White gazpacho with grapes ( Ajo blanco con uvas ) Total time: 25 minutes, plus optional chilling time Servings: 4 Note: This gazpacho is best made with fresh almonds, shelled, blanched and skinned. To blanch and skin almonds: bring a saucepan of water to a full boil. Add the almonds and blanch them for 60 seconds. Drain. While they are still warm, slip the skins off. 6 slices day-old bread, crusts removed (6 ounces) 1 cup blanched and skinned almonds 3 cloves garlic 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup Sherry vinegar 2 teaspoons salt 2 cups water, plus extra for soaking the bread, divided 12 green grapes, seeds removed if there are any 1. Soak the bread in enough water to cover until it is softened.
FOOD
July 7, 2012
Total time: 45 minutes, plus cooling time for the beets Servings: 4 Note: Adapted from Alain Passard's "The Art of Cooking With Vegetables" 4 beets 3 tablespoons butter 3/4 pound blackberries 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar Leaves from 4 sprigs purple basil (or green), coarsely cut 1 1/2 cups whole milk Fleur de sel or salt of your choice Flowers from a sprig of lavender 1. Cook the beets in lightly salted simmering water in a covered pan until tender, 30 to 60 minutes, depending on their size.
FOOD
December 30, 2009
Walnut dipping sauce Total time: 3 minutes Servings: This makes about 1 1/3 cups dipping sauce. Note: Adapted from Akila Inouye 3/4 cup walnuts 1 tablespoon sugar Scant 1 cup soba-tsuyu dipping sauce Blend the walnuts, sugar and soba-tsuyu in a blender until the walnuts are coarsely pureed. You can adjust the ingredients to your taste. Serve on the side with soba. Each one-third cup: 88 calories; 2 grams protein; 5 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 7 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 3 grams sugar; 352 mg. sodium.
FOOD
February 16, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
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.
FOOD
June 30, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: I recently moved from San Luis Obispo to Denver. I miss the berry bars at House of Bread in San Luis; they were my favorite breakfast after a run or before class, and they were even my last meal before commencing the 18-hour drive from SLO to Denver! I'd love the recipe so I can have a slice of my old college town here in my new big city. Thank you! Gabby Robinson Denver Dear Gabby: These bars are rich and buttery, with nice tart and sweet notes from the jam, and you might never guess how easy they are to make.
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