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.
December 5, 2012 |
When shopping for citrus, choose fruit that are heavy for their size -- they'll be the juiciest. And look for fruit with nice, tight skins. Avoid fruit that are wrinkled or spotted, or feel lightweight. You can generally tell the ripeness of the fruit by the thickness of the rind -- the thinner the rind, the more ripe and juicy. Most citrus will keep for several days at room temperature. They'll also keep well in the refrigerator, stored in the crisper for up to several weeks. Thin-skinned citrus such as mandarins or tangerines should be refrigerated right away.
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)
July 21, 2011
Shrimp charmoula confit Total time: 50 minutes, plus marinating time Servings: 4 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon grated ginger root 1/2 cup chopped parsley 1/3 cup chopped cilantro Zest and juice of 1 lemon 2 teaspoons sweet Spanish paprika Pinch cayenne powder 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 dried bay leaf, crumbled Pinch saffron, optional 1/4 teaspoon salt ...
February 24, 2011
Baby artichoke gratin Total time: 50 minutes Servings: 8 to 10 Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try any of the L.A. Times Test Kitchen recipes from this week's Food section, please share it with us: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish. 4 pounds baby artichokes 1 lemon, divided, plus lemon wedges for garnish Salt 2 egg yolks White pepper 1 tablespoon water 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup canola oil 1/2 cup olive oil 1 cup heavy cream, whipped 3/4 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano 1. Trim the artichokes: Fill a large bowl with a couple of quarts of cold water, and squeeze in the juice of one-half of a lemon (drop in the cut lemon half too)
May 21, 2008
Total time: 15 minutes Servings: 4 Note: Adapted from Baccarat Bar, Bellagio Las Vegas. The sweet and sour will keep for 1 week, refrigerated. Sweet and sour 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice In a small saucepan, stir the sugar with one-fourth cup water over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Cool. Combine the cooled simple syrup and lemon juice. Makes 1 cup (8 ounces). Cocktail assembly 8 ounces pisco 3 ounces Cointreau liqueur 6 ounces white grape juice 6 ounces sweet and sour 3 ounces California Pinot Noir 4 slices lemon 3 grapes In a large pitcher filled with ice, add the pisco, Cointreau, grape juice and sweet and sour and stir to combine.
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 5, 1999
Loquats are chiefly eaten fresh, but the Chinese sometimes stew them with meat and chicken or pickle them. In northern India, where loquats are often called May apples, cooks prepare them in a spiced chutney. In Sicily, loquats are grown in Trabia, near Palermo, where loquat-blossom honey is highly esteemed, and confectioners make marzipan nespole, artfully painted to look blemished like the real thing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1993
An item in your Sunday Ventura County Week section was headlined "Women Win Suit." The article stated that 100 women won $575,000 in a wage discrimination suit against the Oxnard Lemon Co. The article went on to say that the lawyers for the women received an additional $675,000 for their services. Unstated was the fee for the lemon company lawyers. Shouldn't you have headlined the article "Lawyers Win Again"? MARVIN MILLER Oxnard