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.
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.
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 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.
May 23, 1985 |
If you're ambivalent about fresh asparagus, you will probably prepare dishes where it is not the star but the stand-in. You may hide or partially disguise it in a casserole, souffle or quiche. But many people prefer fresh asparagus on its own--boiled or steamed al dente and served simply with a butter-lemon sauce.
January 7, 2009
Total time: 20 minutes, plus overnight weighting time Servings: 6 Note: This recipe works best with a crusty French baguette. 1 baguette 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 cup black olives 4 tablespoons capers 1 clove garlic, minced 12 ounces Italian tuna in olive oil, drained...
October 3, 2007
Honey-poached pear with Greek yogurt and toasted walnuts Total time: 50 minutes, plus cooling time Servings: 4 1/4 cup plus 4 teaspoons honey, divided 2 cups sugar 1/2 slice lemon 3 black peppercorns 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise 2 large Bartlett pears 1/2 lemon 1/2 cup Greek yogurt 1/2 cup toasted walnut pieces 1/2 teaspoon melted butter Fleur de...
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)
July 14, 2011 |
Dear SOS: I adore the gazpacho at the Urth Caffe. My recipe is so bland compared to theirs. I would love to know what they use to get such a wonderful flavor. Lee Axelrod Santa Monica Dear Lee: With a medley of fresh and bright flavors, gazpacho is the perfect dish for a hot summer day. Urth Caffe was happy to share its secret with us, and we've adapted its recipe to share with you. -- Urth Caffe's gazpacho Total time: 30 minutes, plus chilling time for the gazpacho Servings: 6 Note: Adapted from Urth Caffe.