June 5, 2013 |
During the first two days of my one-month local-food challenge, I ate almost solely fruits and vegetables. At Tuesday's dinner of sautéed local kale and a salad of local beets, local goat cheese, and local lettuce, a hungry family member commented that it was not actually a meal, but rather just two side dishes, and that this “whole locavore thing” was not going to last. Determined to prove him wrong, I bought a dozen eggs from Trancas Canyon Nursery for $5 and I whipped up a quick frittata for dinner.
March 16, 2013
Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 1/3 cup hazelnuts 2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar Salt 2 teaspoons minced shallots 3 tablespoons hazelnut oil 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 pound tangerines, peeled, broken into segments and stripped of any pithy strings 1 head butter lettuce, cored and torn into bite-sized pieces (about 4 cups) 3 ounces crumbled goat cheese 1. Toast the hazelnuts on a rimmed baking sheet in a 400-degree oven until they smell toasty, about 10 minutes.
February 24, 2013 |
My misadventures in the garden have been pretty well chronicled. But every once in a while, I do something right -- even if it's by accident. Take my tat soi, for example. I probably should have harvested the last of it about two or three weeks ago, but between flu, work and a dozen other things, I never got around to it. And so that lettuce did what all lettuces will do when nobody pays attention -- it bolted. When greens go to seed like that, their leaves turn tough and bitter -- not fit for a salad at all. But because I didn't feel like running to the store for Saturday night supper, I wondered whether there might be something else I could do with them.
January 11, 2013 |
If salad is your thing, look no further than Nancy Silverton for some great dinner ideas. In this layered creation, she combines the lettuce with toasted hazelnuts, crisp bacon, hard-cooked eggs and Gorgonzola cheese tossed with a bright sherry vinaigrette. You can find the recipe below. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here . Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less. ALSO: Apples 101 ... and 52 recipes Go behind the scenes at the Test Kitchen Browse hundreds of recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen You can find Noelle Carter on Facebook , Google+ , Twitter and Pinterest . Email Noelle at email@example.com . Butter lettuce with nuts, bacon, cheese, egg and sherry vinaigrette Total time: 1 hour Servings: 4 to 6 Note : Gorgonzola dolce is a sweeter type of Gorgonzola; it is available at cheese stores as well as select gourmet stores and well-stocked markets.
November 8, 2012 |
Ever open up the fridge to find your lettuces or herbs looking a little ... tired? Shock them in an ice bath to perk them up. Place lettuces or herbs in a large bowl of ice water (or if you're working with a lot of lettuce, fill your clean kitchen sink with ice water), and shake the greens around a bit to perk them up. A minute or two should do the trick. A quick toss in an ice bath will also help to clean the greens, dislodging bits of dirt. After a quick bath, dry off the greens and they'll be ready for their close-up.
September 18, 2012 |
Philly cheesesteak for less than 200 calories? You bet! Lisa Lillien -- a.k.a. " Hungry Girl " -- came up with this wonderfully simple, low-cal adaptation, which can be found in her book "Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories. " Lillien wrote, "We're kicking unwanted calories and carbs to the curb here by serving up our cheesesteak in lettuce cups instead of on a giant doughy roll. Who's smart? WE ARE!" The recipe was featured with a profile Food writer Rene Lynch did on Lillien in 2009 . 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 a dozen dishes in an hour or less.