| Jun 15, 2011
| 7:38 AM
I hope you are one of the hundreds of people who planted a home garden this year. The weather has been cooperating and the plant damaging bugs have been minimal.
The Master Gardener office frequently receives calls from large property owners, some of...
| Feb 10, 2011
My paternal bloodline brims with soup: barley stews studded with black mushrooms and opaque as porridge; the thin tomato broth of our Polish Christmas Eve vigil, swimming with dumplings no bigger than a bird's eye; and the plain, milky, peasant...
| Dec 22, 2009
| 4:32 PM
Holidays can be a hassle for everyone, even the pros. The difference is the pros all have worked out little tricks -- what the French call trucs -- to make feasts like Christmas dinner a little saner. These tips are so simple you can easily adopt them...
| Dec 3, 2009
| 4:22 AM
We're in the home stretch of this season of Top Chef, loyal readers. Justine and Liz will be sad to have their Wednesday nights free, but until the winner's declared, we'll still be watching.We had a lot of time to......
| Mar 13, 2008
| 12:02 PM
Total time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8
1 pound fresh cremini mushrooms
1 1/2 ounces dried shiitake mushrooms
1/4 cup sliced leek (white part only)
2 cloves garlic, cut in half
2 sprigs thyme
1. Clean the...
| Apr 29, 2009
Dear SOS: I recently dined at Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen in Santa Monica. I had the root vegetable shepherd's pie with butternut squash purée main course. It was wonderful.
Jacqueline Shubitowski Sherman Oaks
Dear Jacqueline: This is just...
| Dec 17, 2008
Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Note: Adapted from Craig Strong, chef de cuisine at the Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa.
3 cups heavy cream
2 whole star anise
2 pounds turnips
4 pounds potatoes
1 teaspoon salt, divided
| Jan 28, 2009
One of the best dinners that you can make with the vegetables you probably already have on hand doesn't even require a pot of boiling water. Just a pot of simmering water.
It's rustic, beautiful vegetable soup, and if you think that means a pull-out-...
| Jul 5, 2007
First impressions: Jockey Wok 'n' Rolls, located in a homely Hoffman Estates strip mall, has perhaps the most unfortunate name for a local Asian restaurant alongside Ukrainian Village's Takie Outit and Lakeview's Ping Pong. Kitschy name aside, it has...
| Nov 6, 2008
| 4:48 PM
Total time: 30 minutes, plus 10 minutes standing time
Note: From Christian Shaffer.
2or 3 medium turnips, peeled
2or 3 medium rutabagas, peeled
1/2 medium red onion, quartered
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
| May 7, 2008
IN SOUTHERN California, where we enjoy lively, vibrant farmers markets year-round, on every day of the week, in almost every neighborhood, deciding what's for dinner can, perhaps even should, be less about careful planning than serendipity. Maybe...