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.
June 18, 2013
Meyer lemon cardamom ice cream Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any other recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, please share it with us: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish. Total time: 35 minutes, plus chilling and freezing time Servings: 8 5 Meyer lemons 1 tablespoon cardamom pods, crushed 1 cup half-and-half 1 cup sugar 1/2 vanilla bean 6 large egg yolks 3 cups whipping cream 1. Peel 1 lemon with a vegetable peeler, taking care not to cut into the bitter white pith.
June 18, 2013
Tangy frozen lemon yogurt Total time: 10 minutes, plus chilling and freezing time Servings: Makes 1 quart Note: (This recipe is from David Lebovitz. Read the original article here. ) Greek-style yogurt is available at Trader Joe's and well-stocked markets. Citric acid is available at some pharmacies, as well as at specialty cooking and baking supply stores; fruit preservatives such as Fruit-Fresh can be substituted and are available in the canning section of well-stocked markets.
June 1, 2013
45 minutes. 4 servings 4 (1½-pound) Maine lobsters, preferably female 1 cup (400 grams) garlic-infused olive oil (see note) 2 cups lightly packed (40 grams) basil leaves, stems removed 1 1/2 cups, lightly packed (40 grams) parsley leaves, stems removed 2 teaspoons (2 grams) chile flakes About 1¼ teaspoons (8 grams) sea salt, plus more for seasoning the lobsters Champagne or white wine vinegar 4 lemons Espelette powder or cayenne pepper, for seasoning the lobsters Salted butter for brushing the lobsters and melted for the table 1. Make the herbed oil: Place the garlic oil in the bowl of a food processor along with the basil, parsley, chile flakes and 1¼ teaspoons sea salt.
March 12, 2013 |
One of the stands of lemon grass in the middle of the Vermont Square Community Garden is in full flower now, a somewhat unusual occurrence. It's not a particularly attractive phase for the plants, which look like overgrown weeds on their last legs. Fortunately the plants' useful life isn't over; the stage is simply another turn of the wheel, the clumps of lemon grass scattering seeds to expand their reach. The lemon grass is in a communal plot, available to all the gardeners to use. The aromatic grass exudes a citrus scent that comes out in cooking.
March 9, 2013 |
If you want ideas for what to put in your juice at home, there are plenty of cookbooks - Amazon lists dozens - and websites. Even Williams Sonoma sells a book on fresh juices. And BlendedRecipes.com features juicing videos set in a retro-themed kitchen; in October, the site had 24.6 million visits. But if making your own juice is not for you, last year The meal delivery service Paleta ( www.paleta.com ) launched juices like the Sonic Tonic: collards and other greens with pear and lemon.
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 15, 2013 |
Here's a small and not-remotely-comprehensive list of weird things that happened in Florida last year: A woman was arrested for riding a manatee; a giant blue eyeball washed up on a beach; a mom and daughter started a tandem porn-star team; and a guy died after winning (or perhaps losing) a roach-eating contest in an attempt to win a pet python from a reptile store. When that's a typical Floridian news cycle, who needs fantasy? That's the trouble with Karen Russell's new story collection, "Vampires in the Lemon Grove," her first book since the reputation-sealing novel "Swamplandia!
February 8, 2013 |
I've got the flu. Nothing dramatic about that -- judging from my Facebook feed, half of America does, too. But it got me thinking: When you're feeling rotten -- runny nose, watery eyes, constant hacking -- what food makes you feel better? I've got a couple of favorites of my own, depending on the meal and just how rotten I'm feeling. When I'm at my worst, and this may be hard to believe, I really don't care what I'm eating. Seriously. I'll make a cup of tea with Meyer lemon slices, honey and hot water (and if I'm REALLY rocky, I'll pull my grandpa's trick and add a slug of bourbon)
February 8, 2013 |
A recipe adapted from Thomas Keller's "Ad Hoc at Home," these crisp, braised chicken thighs are rich yet bright with a great harmony of flavors, including olives, lemon zest and thinly sliced fennel. The whole dish comes together in just over an hour, and you can find the recipe below. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery . Food editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix several dishes in an hour or less.