June 23, 2013 |
Summer's here, which mean you need to take it outside - the cooking, the eating and the drinking. We combed through the Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen's recipes archive for dishes that are perfect for long, leisurely afternoons and evenings spent entertaining outdoors, barbecuing with friends and family. We bring you 89 of our favorite recipes that will help you beat the summer heat that's heading our way. We've got sangrias, salads, ice creams, gazpachos, brownies and so much more.
April 21, 2013 |
This week's Culinary SOS request comes from Katya Culberg in Los Angeles: " In the heat of August, I stopped for lunch at Paper or Plastik Cafe . I had the most amazing cold borscht. It was light and refreshing and full-flavored and, like my bubby's, only distilled down to the essence of borscht. Is there any chance you could get Paper or Plastik to share the recipe?" A quick glance at that signature shade of red, and this might look like any run-of-the-mill borscht.
November 10, 2012 |
This week, chefs Quinn and Karen Hatfield (of Sycamore Kitchen and Hatfield's restaurant ) share their Thanksgiving plans -- and recipes -- with deputy Food editor Betty Hallock: "Even professional chefs get the Thanksgiving Day jitters. Just ask Quinn and Karen Hatfield, the couple who own Hatfield's restaurant (he's the chef, she's the pastry chef) and the recently opened Sycamore Kitchen. "'I feel like I forget how to cook a turkey every year,' says Quinn, who's inclined to prepare it differently each time: roasted; grilled; the legs removed, deboned and rolled into a roulade stuffed with foie gras or chorizo; butterflied; deep-fried.
May 25, 2013 |
Wondering what to do with your summer produce? This week, Food editor Russ Parsons shares 4 ways to cook 5 different types of summer produce , including tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, zucchini and corn. Corn salad? Check. Eggplant appetizer? Check. Zucchini pasta? Check. You get the idea. And what about breakfast? Well, it doesn't get any more fun than puffed pancakes : "Call them what you will - Dutch babies, German pancakes, Dutch puffs - they're all about the souffle factor.
August 14, 2012 |
Crisp, cool slaw should be the official side dish of summer. Bright and refreshing, it's the dish to turn to as the weather turns hot. Made with just a few ingredients, slaws are straightforward and simple. And they're fast and easy to assemble -- no cooking required. Click here for 12 recipes for cool summer slaws When you think slaw you might think cabbage, or maybe you've even gone so far as to try slaws made from broccoli or carrots. But there's a big, wide world of slaw possibilities out there, particularly in the summer, when so much produce is at its prime.
October 25, 2013 |
The cover of Amy Fothergill's new cookbook, “The Warm Kitchen,” barely hints at what's inside. There are photos of pasta, bagels, a cupcake and a brownie. It's the subtitle that gives it away: This is a book for people who eat gluten-free. Fothergill is an enthusiastic guide to making gluten-free foods that mimic their with-gluten versions, recipes she devised, she writes, with persistence and with the help of family and friend tasters. It's a journey that began in 2007, when her daughter, at 13 months, developed the skin ailment eczema and the family learned she had many food sensitivities, including to gluten -- a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Fothergill, a cooking instructor and consultant, provides more than recipes.
November 23, 2013 |
Most of our Thanksgiving menus are so time-honored they might as well have been written in stone. And we respect that. It is, after all, our one national food holiday. And cooking the same dishes our parents and grandparents did provides a very concrete tie to family traditions. But sometimes you want to just tweak a little at the edges to make those dishes your own, and maybe start a new holiday tradition. Working within the hallowed framework of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberries, we've come up with some suggestions to get you started.
May 3, 2013 |
For years the neighborhood florist was the go-to place for special-occasion arrangements and the occasional pick-me-up of cut flowers. Now as grocery stores, farmers markets -- even hardware stores -- have made fresh flowers so readily available, designers Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo of the San Francisco firm Studio Choo have another suggestion: Make your own. Harampolis and Rizzo share their floral arranging skills in "The Flower Recipe...