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.
February 25, 2011 |
When it comes to creating uniquely delicious cocktails, Eric Alperin is one of the best mixologists in town. And this week his bar, the Varnish ? which is located in a warm, wooden speak-easy behind an unmarked door at Cole's in downtown L.A. ? is celebrating its two-year anniversary. Since the Varnish can be a tough room to get into (it's among the best and most exclusive cocktail dens in the city), we thought we'd share one of Alperin's signature cocktail recipes with you so that you can attempt to re-create his boozy magic at home.
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)
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.
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.
October 11, 2012 |
For years I faithfully made Marcella Hazan's roast chicken, which basically involved roasting the bird with a lemon in its cavity. But once I tried Simon Hopkinson's recipe from his quite wonderful cookbook “Roast Chicken and Other Stories,” there was no going back. I absolutely crave this chicken and could eat it once a week, no problem. What's the difference? Well, butter. Hopkinson was famously the chef of Sir Terence Conran's restaurant Bibendum in London and since those heady days has gone on to write a regular column for the Telegraph in London.
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
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 9, 1985 |
We have no quarrel with strawberry daiquiris, no complaint with pina coladas . Harvey Wallbangers and margaritas have their place. But when the order of the evening is elegance, it's time to call upon the classics. From left: the refreshing combination of bourbon and mint in a frosty Mint Julep; a Gin Rickey with its crisp tang of lime; a crystal-clear Gibson; a cool, citrusy Orange Blossom; a topaz-colored Manhattan, and the sweet secret of a fizzy Champagne Cocktail.