February 21, 2010 |
The glass case at Maria Grammatico's Pasticceria del Convento in the hilltop town of Erice displays treasures worthy of a Swiss bank. Cannoli, filled with fresh ricotta, is just the best known variety. When you make a closer study, you discover a world of confections as beautiful to look at as they are sweet to eat: green cassata cakes made of almond, sugar, vanilla, buttermilk curd and candied fruit; perfectly formed marzipan prickly pears and tomatoes; lemon-flavored cuscinetti (small fried pastries)
February 4, 2010
Lentil chili with merguez Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes Servings: Makes 16 to 20 (1-cup) servings Note: Merguez sausage can generally be found at gourmet and cooking supply stores. Harissa can generally be found at gourmet and cooking supply stores, as well as select well-stocked supermarkets. 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, thinly sliced lengthwise 2 teaspoons chopped ginger 1 teaspoon chopped garlic Zest of 2 lemons 2 sticks cinnamon 4 teaspoons cumin 4 teaspoons smoked paprika 1 tablespoon turmeric 1 teaspoon cardamom 1/4 cup tomato paste Juice of 1 lemon, more to taste 3 (14.5-ounce)
June 27, 2013 |
A certain member of my family has grumbled about the lack of seafood during my monthlong 100-mile diet. This shortage is in no way related to the restrictive radius -- the Pacific Ocean takes up about a quarter of my range -- but I have been doing the vast majority of the shopping this month and fish is hardly one of my favorite foods. Still, I must pacify my fish-loving family, so I putted up to Ventura for a market selling locally caught fish. Every Saturday, a few fishermen haul in their catch and set up stands behind Andria's Seafood Restaurant and Fish Market in Ventura Harbor Village on Spinnaker Drive.
December 23, 2010 |
Dear SOS: The lemon pasta at Angelini Osteria on Beverly Boulevard seems remarkably simple. My attempts at re-creating it have been remarkably underwhelming. Can you get the exact measurements and ingredients for this memorable comfort dish? The restaurant describes it as "Tagliolini al Limone with Lemon, Cream, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Basil. " However, there is obviously a specific method as to how the kitchen gets it to come out so balanced and tasteful. Thank you. Janie Orenstein Pacific Palisades Dear Janie: We loved the wonderful simplicity to this dish: Fresh basil and a touch of lemon are infused with a little heavy cream, which is cooked down just until it thickens, and is poured over pasta.
December 31, 2008
Total time: 10 minutes, plus freezing time for the decorative block of ice Servings: 10 Note: From Julie Reiner of Clover Club. To prepare ice that has been frozen with raspberries and blackberries: Fill a container that fits in your punch bowl with hot water. Add raspberries and blackberries for decoration and freeze. 1 lemon 1 sugar cube 2 tablespoons cassis 2 tablespoons St-Germain elderflower liqueur 1 large block of ice (see note above) 1 (750 ml)
February 23, 2013 |
The Irvine Saturday farmers market is the largest and best in Orange County, but it's a mixed bag. It has some worthy local small farmers who come in person, along with more commercial farms, and even a few who have been sanctioned previously for cheating by agricultural authorities or other managers. Orange County Produce, owned by the family of the previous California agriculture secretary, A.G. Kawamura, farms on remnants of undeveloped local land, a bittersweet reminder of the county's past agricultural glory.
May 28, 2010 |
If Willy Wonka had a farm, it would fit right in here in Israel. Want a lemon-scented tomato or a chocolate-colored persimmon? How about some miniaturized garlic cloves for the home chef who doesn't have time to chop, or a purple potato that tastes buttery when cooked? There are no chocolate rivers or edible teacup flowers on Israeli farms, but you will find carrots shaped like potatoes, strawberries shaped like carrots, star-shaped zucchini and "watermelon" tomatoes — dark green on the outside with a juicy red flesh.
November 25, 2010 |
It's easy enough to freehand your way into a decent bottle of limoncello . All you need is a generous handful of lemon zest, a neutral spirit, some sugar and a couple of days of infusing patience. But to Ventura Limoncello's co-owner James Carling, decent is hardly the same as delizioso , at least in the eyes of his Italian in-laws. "You have to watch each lemon, step by step," says his mother-in-law, Rossana Zaretti, in Italian-soaked English as she runs a citrus peeler from the top to the bottom of a locally grown Eureka lemon.