June 8, 2013 |
Dear SOS: I'm not a big drinker, but there's a cocktail that Akasha Restaurant in Culver City makes that could make me a convert. It's called a Ruby Red Mojito, made with pink grapefruit juice. I've tried versions at other restaurants, but they're not as good as Akasha's. I'd love to serve this to friends on game night and would be delighted if you could get Akasha to give you its recipe. Katherine Fleischmann Valley Glen Dear Katherine: Bright and refreshing, Akasha's mojito combines fresh grapefruit juice with lime, rum, a touch of agave syrup for sweetness and club soda for a little fizz.
February 9, 2013 |
Dear SOS: My coworker raves about the chicken tequila fettuccine from California Pizza Kitchen. Her birthday is coming up in February, and we would like to make the dish for a girls' night in to celebrate. Do you have the recipe? Janelle Webb Bakersfield -- Dear Janelle: Happy birthday to your friend, and have fun celebrating! California Pizza Kitchen was happy to share its recipe, which we've adapted here. -- Noelle Carter -- California Pizza Kitchen's chicken tequila fettuccine Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 Note: Adapted from California Pizza Kitchen.
December 26, 2001 |
DEAR SOS: Ciudad, the Two Hot Tamales' restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, serves an amazingly refreshing drink with mint and lime. Do you think they'd share the recipe? KELLY KRIEBS Hermosa Beach DEAR KELLY: This is a great tasting drink sans alcohol that the gals--Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger--call Minty Lime Cooler. Add a shot of rum and you have a mojito, just in time for el Ano Nuevo. Minty Lime Cooler Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 1/2 cup lime juice 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup mint leaves 1 (12-ounce)
May 22, 2013
Total time: 20 minutes, plus macerating time Servings: 1 Note: From Peter Birmingham at Norman's, where the drink is made with Ron Matusalem Platino rum. Birmingham also recommends Bacardi Silver or Cruzan Estate Light rum. You'll have enough simple syrup and candied kumquats for up to 12 drinks. Candied kumquats 1 cup boiling water 1 cup sugar 12 kumquats, whole 1 stalk lemongrass, ends trimmed and two outer layers removed, slightly smashed with the side of a chef's knife 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water 1. Add the boiling water to the sugar.
September 5, 2012 |
Tonight's dinner recipe is a Culinary SOS request from Amanda in Encino: "We spent the weekend in Los Cabos and had an incredible scallop ceviche dish at the Tequila & Ceviche Bar at Las Ventanas. It was so fresh, I think it came straight from the Gulf of California. The chef said they marinate the scallops in lime juice to "cook" them. It looked beautiful, tasted even better and seemed pretty simple to make. Could it be that easy? Would they be willing to share the recipe? It would be a great way to impress my friends this summer.
March 30, 2013
Chiang Mai-style curry 6 1/2 hours. Serves 8 to 12. Housemade red curry 1 ounce (about 60) dried red chiles About 2 3/4 tablespoons (.8 ounce) white peppercorns About 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon (.55 ounce) whole cumin seeds About 3 1/2 tablespoons (.63 ounce) whole coriander seeds About 1 tablespoon plus 1/8 teaspoon (.4 ounce) brown mustard seeds About 18 cloves (2 1/2 ounces) garlic, minced About 3 inches root (2.2 ounces) fresh ginger, minced About 1 stalk (2.2 ounces)
April 2, 2008
Total time: 12 minutes, plus cooling time for the simple syrup Servings: 1 Note: From Jack McLaughlin of Akasha Restaurant, Bar & Bakery. Thai basil is available at 99 Ranch stores and select Thai markets, as well as select farmers markets. The restaurant uses Juniper Green organic gin; you can substitute the gin of your choice (we used Plymouth). Thai basil simple syrup 2/3 cup organic cane sugar 1 ounce fresh Thai basil leaves 1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the sugar and two-thirds cup water to a boil.
May 15, 1994
I would like to bring to your attention an inaccuracy that occurred in the April 24 Real Estate section, "That Crusty Bathroom Scum Is Actually a Buildup of Lime." In it, it is stated that the scale or lime building up in bathrooms and kitchens is calcium oxide. This is incorrect. Calcium oxide is very reactive and very caustic. It reacts vigorously with water, and will dissolve without too much effort. The scale or lime that builds up in bathrooms is calcium carbonate, which is not soluble, but is also not at all dangerous.