September 15, 2012 |
We make a lot of fuss over heirloom peach varieties that date back to the 1960s and tomatoes that go back as far as the 1930s. But did you know that the Bartlett pear, that standard grocery store fruit, dates back to the 1770s? The Bartlett, called the Williams pear in England, where it was first found, gets its name from Enoch Bartlett, who was the first person to sell the trees in the U.S. in the early 1800s. “Barts” are the predominant pear grown in California, and there are two main growing sites with very different fruit.
October 28, 2012 |
This week's Culinary SOS request comes from Lynda Jenner in Pasadena: "Euro Pane on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena has the most delicious spiced pear cake. It is moist and truly delicious with a hint of ginger. I would love to re-create it at home. Could you get the recipe for me?" Owner Sumi Chang was happy to share her recipe for this wonderfully fragrant, moist and delicious cake, writing that "it is a very humble-looking cake, but the taste is incredible. Originally, someone gave me this recipe as an apple cake recipe, and I baked a lot of apple cake using it. Once, however, I was out of apples, so I used Anjou pears instead.
September 2, 2010
Pears in pomegranate wine with honey and lemon thyme Total time: 45 minutes, plus steeping time for the honey and cooling time for the pears Servings: 6 Note: The honey should be steeped with the thyme 1 to 3 days in advance. This can be stored well-chilled in the refrigerator. Cane and turbinado sugar can be found at cooking and specialty stores, as well as well-stocked markets. Lemon thyme, a lemon-scented version of the thyme plant, is available at farmers' markets and at specialty grocers.
March 5, 2004 |
A man who paid $5 for a 19th century painting at a garage sale has sold it to a museum for $1 million, an art publication reported. The unidentified actor found Joseph Decker's "Ripening Pears" wrapped in a blanket at a Los Angeles garage sale three years ago, the report in ARTnewsletter said. The woman who sold him the painting said it had been sitting in her garage for more than 60 years, the publication said. Decker painted it around 1884 or 1885. The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.
October 8, 2010 |
While the weather has careened in the last week from broiling to chilly and sodden and back to warm, and summer produce, such as peaches, peppers and eggplants, continue to be offered at farmers markets, a change is in the air, independent of the temperature: We're seeing more and more typically autumnal crops like pears, apples, squash, chestnuts, pumpkins, pomegranates and even the first few persimmons. Especially worth searching out is the most celebrated and luscious of pears, Comice, which originated in the Loire Valley in 1849.
October 4, 2012 |
Dwight Yoakam's jeans had been pressed and his eyes moistened with Visine. But as the country star stood last month in a rented Malibu mansion - the hilltop set of a music video for Yoakam's song "A Heart Like Mine" - the director requested one more adjustment. "Can you smile?" she asked. Nothing. "A little bit more?" Strike two. "How about a chuckle?" "Nah," Yoakam finally replied, courteous but firm. "I don't like to indicate. " He never has. Since emerging more than 25 years ago from the rock clubs of Los Angeles - where he shared bills with X and Los Lobos - Yoakam has established himself as one of country music's foremost stoics, a straight-faced enigma (and perpetual Nashville outlier)