January 23, 2000 |
In exchange for great pay, TV comedy writers face one giant occupational hazard--the inability to say whatever they want. Go ahead and bemoan how cruddy sitcoms are, but you try writing something genuinely funny with the network notes and the advertisers and the star egos to contend with. Interviewed recently on National Public Radio, Alan Ball noted that much of the juicy vitriol in his Golden Globe-nominated screenplay for "American Beauty" grew out of the frustration he was feeling as a comedy writer in a far more confining context--on the sitcoms "Grace Under Fire" and "Cybill."
April 9, 2003 |
Dear SOS: Some years ago you published Ismail Merchant's lemon lentils. In the mess of installing a new refrigerator, my copy has come up missing. William Teagardin Manhattan Beach Dear William: This is from a 1994 story about Merchant, the film producer. Vegetable stock can be substituted. Look for masoor dal at Indian markets and specialty stores. Lemon lentils Total time: 1 1/2 hours Servings: 5 to 6 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons oil, divided 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced 2 (2-inch)
April 26, 2013 |
Chef Emeril Lagasse will bring his passion for seafood to three of his Las Vegas restaurants during a celebration of soft shell crab May 6-12. Delmonico Steakhouse , Emeril's New Orleans Fish House and Table 10 each will feature three to four soft shell crab dishes, with different offerings for lunch and dinner. Prices will range from $20 to $40. The evening menu at Delmonico Steakhouse, which is inside the Venetian , will feature a crispy soft shell crab Louis salad.
December 19, 1987 |
At the market, green onions sell for about 29 cents a bunch, with about six to a bunch. At a nursery, a one-pound bag of onion sets (a "set" is a small onion bulb) costs about $1 and contains nearly 200 sets and each set equals one green onion. So, for $1 you can grow almost $10 worth of green onions, and they, of course, will be fresher and tastier than the ones you buy in the store. If you are looking for a good investment, this is it.
October 24, 2010 |
The Witch of Hebron A Novel James Howard Kunstler Atlantic Monthly Press: 334 pp., $24 Provided you make it out the other side of the apocalypse, what is it about today that you'll miss the most? In James Howard Kunstler's new novel, "The Witch of Hebron," which is set "in the not-distant future," a minor character known as the hermit mentally rhapsodizes over a long-gone pleasure, "the gigantic batter-dipped, deep-fried sweet onion he used to order on weekend nights in the old times" at the "Outback restaurant.
March 10, 2012 |
Dear SOS: I absolutely love the food at RockSugar in Century City. Everything is always so fresh and delicious. One of my favorites is the festive rice. Do you think you could obtain the recipe? Helga Niederhoff Pacific Palisades Dear Helga: RockSugar was happy to share its recipe for this wonderfully fragrant and flavorful rice. A garnish of chopped cashews emphasizes the nutty flavor of the rice. RockSugar's festive rice Total time: About 1 hour Servings: 8 to 10 Note: Adapted from RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen in Century City.
December 30, 2010
Almost anyone can make a great dish out of luxury ingredients. It takes a special kind of genius, though, to make something from scraps. But that's what frequent contributor Sarah Karnasiewicz did in her story on hash. Grab some onions, potatoes, leftover meat and flavorings and with a little bit of technique and a lot of creativity, you too can make something delicious. You'll have a hard time bettering this hash made from chicken, chorizo and green chile though. It's hearty and soul-satisfying and just the thing to take the chill off a winter night.
November 18, 2009
Stuffed acorn squash Note: This recipe is adapted from "Cooking From Quilt Country" by Marcia Adams. She says some families enrich the stuffing with some chopped ham. Total time: About 2 hours Servings: 4 to 6 2 acorn squash 1 tablespoon oil 1 cup chopped onion 2 tablespoons minced parsley 1 slice dense textured brown bread 2 tablespoons butter, melted ...
August 28, 2002 |
Here's a summer entertaining menu that keeps things easy for the cook. The paella, served with grilled chicken and shellfish, is adapted to serve at room temperature. That means all the cooking is done in advance without compromising the dish. Long-grain rice works best for the paella, rather than traditional short grain or Arborio rice, which in testing became unpleasantly thick and clumpy on standing. I like to grill chicken legs and three varieties of shellfish for paella; they make for an inviting dish.
February 20, 2000
Having been a reader and admirer of the Onion for years, I must take issue with Jeff Softley's incomprehensible and long-winded condemnation (Letters, Jan. 30). The paper lampoons current events, politics, pop culture, newspapers and the media in general. Softley claims these subjects are irrelevant. Uhhh, not if you ever leave the house, or watch TV, or read the paper. In their brilliant book, "Our Dumb Century," the Onion takes on the entire history of the 20th century! In this work especially, they exhibit, to quote Softley, "wit and clarity, an incisive perception about what is being lampooned or discussed, which gets a laugh because of a core of truth in the observation expressed."