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."
August 29, 1991 |
A potful of these beans disappeared in a flash at a summer barbecue. The recipe is based loosely on one by Anders Strandberg of Gustaf Anders Restaurant in Santa Ana. Anders added the nutmeg, and I put in the bacon, onion and Chinese thick soy sauce, a molasses-based condiment that turns the beans a rich golden brown (Look for Koon Chun brand in Chinese markets).
January 8, 1987
This cosmopolitan dish combines the tastes of Mexico and Italy with ground turkey. TURKEY ENCHILADA BAKE 1 (4-ounce) can green chiles 2 tablespoons oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon salt 3 cups ground cooked turkey 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 2 (2 1/4-ounce) cans sliced black olives 1 1/2 cups low-fat cottage cheese 12 corn tortillas Remove seeds from chiles and chop chiles fine.
October 10, 1991 |
The modern pig has gone on a diet. Today's pigs, raised on a leaner diet, produce leaner meat. This is good news for calorie counters, since pork is an excellent source of iron, zinc and vitamins B6 and B12, which are difficult to obtain from fish or chicken alone. In this dish, Chinese Stir-Fry Pork, minimal amounts of oil and the leanest cut of pork--the tenderloin--are used to keep fat calories low.
May 25, 2013
1 hour. 6 servings 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, sliced in ¼-inch half-moons 4 slices prosciutto, cut in ¼-inch ribbons 6 red and yellow bell peppers 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 1 pound spaghetti Grated Pecorino Romano 1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add the onion and prosciutto, and cook until the onions have softened but...
April 16, 2014
Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes Servings: 6 Note: This dish of pounded steaks rolled around a spicy sausage filling is one that Rose Nair and her sister Nalini Viegas make for special occasions. Steak 4 ( 1/2-pound) Milanesa steaks (also called "beef round-tip steaks, cap off") 1. Pound the steaks to flatten them into pieces about one-fourth-inch thick. Form the casings for 2 rolls by laying the steaks flat in pairs, slightly overlapping. Set aside. Chile paste 5 dried red chiles, or 1 tablespoon paprika combined with 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 12 cloves garlic 1 (1-inch)
February 19, 2012 |
The American Way of Eating Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table Tracie McMillan Scribner: 336 pp., $25 -- Readers curious about food have been able to deepen their knowledge exponentially over the last decade. They know how bad fast food is (thanks to Eric Schlosser), understand the complexities of food production (thanks to Michael Pollan), and know how hard it is to work in a kitchen (thanks to Bill Bryson). There are shelves upon shelves of books about how, why and what we eat by restaurateurs, farmers, chefs and even moonlighting novelists.
January 10, 1985 |
It was too good to be true, and too good to last. As 1984 came to an end, so did the business person's lunch at El Meson, a Mexican restaurant across from the May Co. in downtown Los Angeles. For a few months, lucky customers were able to get a complete, very good meal for $2.75. First came crisp, freshly made tortilla chips topped with a tomato, onion and cilantro salsa.
January 5, 1989 |
Whether it's profound self-knowledge or just plain cynicism, some attitude has taken hold and stifled my impulse toward New Year's resolutions. I'm going to spare myself a slew of self-recriminations by not promising to keep a clean house, a balanced checkbook and a benign disposition. I'm going to obviate the need to berate myself for impulse buying, procrastinating and smoking on occasion, by not forswearing them to begin with.
June 16, 1999 |
Chalupas are a traditional Mexican snack. Normally, they're boat-shaped masa shells stuffed with something savory. Sometimes, though, they're made with regular corn tortillas. The convenience more than makes up for the small sacrifice in authenticity. Combine those tortillas with leftover baked or boiled potatoes and chorizo and you've got a dinner that's filling and fast.