December 11, 2012 |
Bar Amá, the newest restaurant venture from critically acclaimed chef Josef Centeno is slated to open Saturday downtown. Centeno, whose restaurant Bäco Mercat was recently named one of Bon Apetit's best new restaurants of 2012, will focus on Tex-Mex flavors and tequila and mezcal in the bar at Bar Amá. Centeno drew from family recipes when creating some of the dishes on the menu with items such as Grandma's menudo (served Saturdays and Sundays only) ($12); Mom's chile verde ($11)
August 14, 2012 |
This year's L.A. Taco Festival was a great excuse to take a subway, explore Mariachi Plaza, and listen to live banda music, while supporting the Jovenes Inc. foundation in its efforts to help at-risk Boyle Heights youth. The tacos, as you'd expect, were delicious, although the temperatures were high and the lines were long. Taquerias are as popular as the Dodgers in this part of town. I had a great time. But on the walk back to the car, I couldn't help myself.
February 27, 1993 |
If jalapeno peppers and hot sauce leave you cold, researchers have something that will set your taste buds on fire and make them beg for mercy. They have developed a new cayenne pepper "more than 20 times hotter than a jalapeno pepper" and two to three times hotter than peppers used in hot sauce, said Philip D. Dukes, a plant pathologist with the Agricultural Research Service.
March 24, 1999 |
Mo Hotta Mo Betta, the hot sauce mail-order outfit, kept getting complaints from habanero-guzzling parents whose children wanted to eat hot sauce like Mom and Dad but whose palates were too tender. The company tested dozens of sauces on 100 children aged 4 to 16 and came up with four that were widely liked, ranging from Cool Baby (a slightly spicy ketchup) through Wild Child (a barbecue sauce) and Crazy Kid (chipotle-based) to Screaming Teen (a jalapeno sauce).
February 24, 2013 |
This week's Culinary SOS request comes from Keith Johnson in Rancho Palos Verdes: "Last summer, my girlfriend and I spent our vacation on Florida's Amelia Island. We stopped by a lovely, quaint Spanish restaurant in Fernandina Beach called España . Its gambas Mozambique (shrimp Mozambique style) was extraordinary. I'd love the recipe so we could enjoy this fabulous dish more than just once a year. " If I didn't know how easy this dish was to make, I'd be planning a cross-country trip to Amelia Island too. Large shrimp are poached in a rich sauce flavored with garlic and spice, fresh lemon, coconut milk and a few dashes of hot sauce.
August 5, 2012 |
This week's Culinary SOS request comes from Lynne Lipcon in Wayland, Mass.: There are plenty of good reasons why President and Mrs. Obama chose to return to Sweet Life Cafe in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard this summer. In my opinion, the best reason would be to delight in a bowl of white gazpacho with steamed clams, grapes, almonds and smoked paprika oil. I have never had anything like it, but it is an experience I would love to re-create at home. Can you pry the recipe from them?
February 13, 2013 |
It doesn't get much simpler than shrimp and grits, but Bar / Kitchen at the O Hotel takes this classic comfort food to new heights. Large Mexican shrimp are cooked in a rich creamy sauce spiced with minced Spanish Bilbao chorizo and a helping of Sriracha hot sauce. Spooned atop cheesy stone-ground grits, some might call it dinner. I call it heaven on a plate. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here . Food Editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a number of dishes in an hour or less.
May 8, 2013 |
"Hell's Kitchen" and Chef Gordon Ramsay must have some pretty big secrets to hide -- and Barret knows all about them. That's the only explanation, right? For why Barret gets to stay another week while Amanda, the tuna destroyer, goes home? No one is defending Amanda, mind you. She definitely botched the extra-special dinner service for a smiley 15-year-old's quinceanera -- and then blamed Nedra for many of her culinary woes. But Barret is like a cat with nine lives, and everyone knows that cats don't belong in the kitchen!