April 14, 2011 |
I've always loved Passover, ever since I was a little girl. Long before I understood it as the Festival of Freedom that celebrates the ancient Israelites' exodus from slavery in Egypt, to me it was the holiday of difference. Indeed, it was — and still is — a time to join together for a ritual meal called a Seder, at which we ask ourselves: "Why is this night different from all other nights?" One answer could be: because everything tastes like matzo. But that doesn't have to be true.
April 14, 2011
Walnut- and herb-stuffed eggplant rolls Total time: 1 hour Servings: Makes 18 rolls Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any other recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, we would like to know about it so we can showcase it on our food blog and occasionally in print. Upload pictures of the finished dish here. 2 to 3 eggplants (about 3¾ pounds) Salt, pepper 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 1/2 cups walnut halves (about 1 pound) 2 garlic cloves, minced (1 tablespoon)
April 7, 2011 |
My Mexican grandfather used to say that salads were for rabbits. My Mexican father thinks a good steak cures any stomach ailment. And a Mexican friend used to joke that a pet pig that lived near my old Westside neighborhood would last approximately two seconds in his Eastside neighborhood before being kidnapped, placed on a spit and barbecued over an outdoor pit. Indeed, Mexicans love their meat, and the cuisine is renowned for its carnitas ...
February 3, 2011
Greek walnut cake Total time: About 1 hour Servings: 12 to 16 Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try any of the L.A. Times Test Kitchen recipes from this week's Food section, please share it with us: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish. Note: This cake is shown served with honeyed crème fraîche (whisk together 1/2 cup crème fraîche with 1 tablespoon orange blossom honey to sweeten). 2 cups sifted flour (8 ounces) 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon allspice 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 cup ground walnuts (3½ ounces)
January 20, 2011
Fruity butter cake with dried figs, raisins and walnuts Total time: 2 hours Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try any of the L.A. Times Test Kitchen recipes from this week's Food section, please share it with us: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish. Servings: 9 to 12. This makes 1 (9-inch) square cake. Note: Like brownies, this rich, square, low cake is best cut in square- or bar-shaped portions for serving at parties, so that people won't feel guilty about enjoying this treat ?
HOME & GARDEN
January 4, 2011 |
Actor Orlando Bloom has listed his house in a gated Hollywood Hills community for lease at $18,000 a month. The listing on Realtor.com shows a four-bedroom, three-bathroom house with more than 3,200 square feet of living space, all set behind gates on a heavily landscaped lot of three-quarters of an acre. Walls of glass flank the double walnut door entry of the house, built in 1940. The kitchen features custom cherry cabinetry and a fireplace. A den/library/bedroom has its own entrance.
December 30, 2010
This bread is so delicious, it's hard not to eat a whole loaf at once. Good thing this recipe - from veteran baker Nick Malgieri's latest book, "Bake!" - makes two loaves. The book made it on our list of this year's "10 Great Books," at least partly because of his Gruyère and walnut bread. It's spiked with a little freshly ground pepper, a kicky complement to the Swiss Gruyère cheese and toasted walnuts. It's also not easy waiting for it to cool before you slice into it. Gruyère and walnut bread Total time: About 1 1/2 hours, plus rising and cooling times Servings: 16 to 20 Note: Adapted from "Bake!"
December 9, 2010
Torta di Noci (Rosangela's flourless walnut cake) Total time: 1 1/2 hours Servings: 8 Note: Adapted from "My Calabria" by Rosetta Costantino. Show us your photos: If you try this recipe, send us photographic evidence: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish. 8 ounces walnuts Butter and flour for the cake pan 6 eggs 3/4 cup sugar, divided Grated zest of 1 lemon Pinch of kosher salt Powdered sugar for dusting 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.