| May 9, 2013
| 3:25 PM
LA JOLLA — It turns out that even those ripe, red, fragrant local strawberries that help make May farmers' markets so seductive can have, as beauty sometimes does, sad tales to tell. A new opera's undercover job is to taste the flavor of that...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 6:30 PM
CrÃ¨me caramel stole my heart on my first visit to Paris many years ago. It is a comfort food that I appreciate whether I'm happy or sad. The creamy, vanilla-infused center and caramel sauce-like coating make this a delicious dessert worthy of mom.
| Apr 25, 2013
1521 W. Madison St. 312-291-9344
Rating: !! (out of four) Give it some time
What's a restaurant's website for if not to stoke your appetite? La Cuchara's definitely features some appealing claims that fueled my anticipation, but upon arrival,...
| Apr 26, 2013
David Hildebrand will present a concert of Music of the War of 1812 in America, Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. in the St. Mark’s Fellowship Center, 18313 Lappans Road, Boonsboro.
For more than 30 years Hildebrand and his wife have appeared...
| Feb 23, 2013
The Irvine Saturday farmers market is the largest and best in Orange County, but it's a mixed bag. It has some worthy local small farmers who come in person, along with more commercial farms, and even a few who have been sanctioned previously for cheating...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 11:21 AM
Rhubarb is one of the great joys of spring, with its rosy color, earthy tang and old-fashioned allure, and the story of its local rise and fall is as intriguing as its flavor. Just a generation or two ago, it was widely cultivated in Southern California,...
| Jun 16, 2012
I'm visiting with my mother, and she is trying to describe the dimensions of the strawberry patch they had back on the farm in Nebraska. Big enough that you could pick enough berries to make strawberry shortcake for 25. One of the hired hands just loved...
| Jun 16, 2012
Total time: 40 minutes, plus macerating and cooling times
Note: Adapted from Lindsey Shere's "Chez Panisse Desserts."
3 (16-ounce) pints strawberries
About 3 tablespoons superfine sugar
| Jun 23, 2012
Dear SOS: Mucho Ultima Mexicana Restaurant in Manhattan Beach makes the best strawberry mojito I have ever had. Can you please get the recipe from them so I can make and enjoy it at home? It's the perfect drink. Thank you.
| Apr 5, 2013
| 11:04 AM
April is generally the least abundant month for locally grown fruits, with nothing like the profusion of stone fruits in summer, apples in autumn and citrus in winter. But there's still plenty of great choices at farmers markets, particularly for shoppers...
| Jul 27, 2012
Of the dozen tomato varieties displayed at Vang Thao's stand last Saturday, one, with purplish black skin over a flaming orange ground color, stood out spectacularly. It's a new variety, Indigo Rose, pigmented by anthocyanins, the same compounds...