April 26, 2013
Carrot cake ice cream Total time: 1 hour, plus chilling and freezing time Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any other recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, please share it with us: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish. Servings: Makes 1 quart Spiced pecans 1 cup pecan halves 1 tablespoon butter, melted 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
March 29, 2013 |
In 92 years, See's Candies has never shied away from being old-fashioned. At the factory on La Cienega Boulevard, some octogenarian workers measure their decades of employment in hip replacements. Quaint floral details are still hand-piped onto chocolate eggs. An inexorable march of candies heads through tubes the length of a football field, where they're drenched in layers of chocolate - a traditional practice known as enrobing. Like cars merging out of highway toll lanes, they appear from cooling tunnels into employees' waiting hands.
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March 25, 2013 |
Just as the memory of "Meatball," Glendale's favorite bear, may be fading, it appears a new bruin has taken to the city. And this black bear - described as 3 to 4 feet tall and weighing about 200 pounds - has a fondness for hummingbird sugar water and a taste for honey. This dietary insight is based on its snacking habits during multiple visits over the course of at least six months to the Chevy Chase Canyon neighborhood. In some cases, the bear has knocked down hummingbird feeders hanging as high as 8 feet off the ground.
March 25, 2013 |
In the recent story on homemade "peeps" , I allude to what it took to come up with a perfectly pipeable "peep" (say that 10 times). It wasn't easy. While there is no shortage to homemade "peeps" recipes online, the Test Kitchen staff and I had trouble finding a recipe that worked. We tested a variety of recipes, before rethinking our approach. Ultimately, it involved going back to tweaking a simple classic marshmallow. Here are some of my notes: The secret life of Peeps On marshmallows: Marshmallows were once made from the juice of the marsh mallow plant, beaten with egg white and sugar for a foamy consistency.
March 23, 2013
Once you've mastered the basic techniques, you can really start to play around with your "peeps. " Vanilla flavoring can be substituted with another flavoring, such as almond, mint or lemon extract. Or you can use powdered spices such as ground cinnamon. You can even use rose- or orange blossom water, which is actually quite delicious. Start by beating in about one-fourth teaspoon of the flavoring at a time and then adding more to reach the desired taste. Colored sugars are available at most grocery stores as well as at cooking and baking supply stores, but you can make your own custom hues: Place granulated sugar in a sealable plastic bag or jar with a few drops of food coloring, then shake until the coloring is evenly distributed.
March 22, 2013 |
Nathanael Johnson was born without a doctor and later toddled around his Northern California yard without diapers, free to ingest whatever germy creatures he got his hands on, but no sugar allowed. With parents like his, it's little wonder he grew up wondering about the miracles of modern science. What's really welcome about his deeply reported book, "All Natural," is that his upbringing makes the investigation of nature versus technology fun as well as thought-provoking. He questions mainstream wisdom, "expert" advice and the all-natural solutions for childbirth, germs, raw milk, sugar, factory farming of animals and more.