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.
May 15, 2013 |
Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Whether you're more of a crisp and crumbly kind of fan, or you prefer yours soft and chewy, this all-inclusive celebration requires only one thing: a sweet tooth. Oh, and plenty of chocolate. Ever wonder how the chocolate chip cookie came to be? The cookie was created in the 1930s by Ruth Wakefield at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Mass. According to Nestle , Wakefield added bits of chopped chocolate to a batch of butter cookie dough, expecting the chocolate to melt into the cookies as they baked.
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.
June 8, 2013
Food editor Russ Parsons loves his anchovies : "Once many years ago I came across a fish vendor at the farmers market with a whole tray full of beautiful fresh anchovies. On a sudden impulse, I bought them all. Real anchovies - the ones that have been packed in salt to last - are an essential flavoring, the garlic of the sea. " Whether they star in a dish, or are just a team player, anchovies -- salted anchovies, in particular, provide great flavor. Just check out Russ' recipes below.
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.
June 9, 2013 |
Mancakes are pancakes without all the froufrou stuff. And they're hearty enough to serve up to dear ol' dad on Father's Day. Dads deserve breakfast in bed, too, you know. But somehow, that's seen as a Mother's Day thing. Well, we're challenging that assumption this Father's Day. (Which, by the way, is coming right up on Sunday, June 16, don't forget!) PHOTOS: Mancakes: Pancake recipes hearty enough to serve on Father's Day We've culled the Los Angeles Times' Test Kitchen for pancake recipes that will stick-to-your ribs and keep you full until lunch.
October 20, 2012 |
This week, we're talking hand pies in the Saturday section: "Take everything you love about pie - that rich, flaky crust cradling your favorite filling - and downsize it into a compact package. Behold the little wonder that is the hand pie. Convenient, simple and, dare I say it - terribly cute - it's pie's answer to the cupcake, without the fussy decorations. "Best of all? Just like a cupcake, you don't have to share. " We've got tips on crust and fillings -- both sweet and savory -- along with 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.