| May 9, 2013
| 1:14 PM
Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Note: Niçoise and Picholine olives are at selected supermarkets such as Whole Foods and Bristol Farms.
2 Cornish game hens, about 1 3/4 to 2 pounds each, washed and dried
4 Meyer lemons, divided
| Apr 6, 2013
The first time you visit Chi Spacca, you are probably going to want the bistecca fiorentina, a sizzling cliff of meat that weighs in at a stunning 42 ounces, all salt and char and dripping red flesh, rising from the plate in a spectacle that seems...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Fresh-cooked pasta tossed with olive oil, basil, garlic and tomatoes ... local fish grilled with lemon and capers ... fresh figs and pistachios for dessert ... a glass of red wine ... Sounds easy and delicious, right? This style of eating is the very...
| Mar 16, 2013
Total time: 20 minutes
2 pink grapefruit
1 head fennel
1/4 red onion
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup torn arugula
4 ounces lump Dungeness crab meat
1. Peel the grapefruit and cut it into...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 4:30 PM
What are chilly days without comfort foods to soothe our weary souls and hungry stomachs? One of the best examples of comfort food is the stew. In it's basic form, a stew is relatively inexpensive meat stewed with vegetables in flavorful liquid. It...
| Feb 7, 2013
Given chef Curtis Duffy's curriculum vitae — his work at Alinea, the two Michelin stars awarded to Avenues restaurant on Duffy's watch — there really wasn't any question whether Grace, Duffy's first solo effort, would be good. Just how good....
| Feb 12, 2013
| 4:46 PM
Nestled in a tiny storefront on Balboa Island is a new and charming, romantic little bistro called Trattoria Mediterranean. It is a treasure box, with its candlelit atmosphere, the sound of trickling water from the fountain on the terrace and the wrought-...
| Feb 16, 2013
The prepared food vendors at local farmers markets cater to a world of tastes and ethnicities, from Filipino balut to halal shawarma, but until recently none served observant Jews who follow kosher dietary laws. It fell to a secular Jew, Michele Grant,...
| Feb 16, 2013
According to my "Grande Enciclopedia Illustrata della Gastronomia," carpaccio is the "celebrated preparation based on raw beef sliced as finely as prosciutto di Parma and variously garnished," and was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani at Harry's Bar in...
| Feb 20, 2013
Robert and Margrit Mondavi personified the glamorous wine country life during their high-profile 28-year marriage. As America's most famous winemaker, Robert Mondavi proved what California vintners could achieve, while Margrit deftly wove wine, the arts,...
| Jan 31, 2013
During the cold winter months, finding fresh local vegetables can be an arduous task for menu-planning chefs and restaurateurs. However, an increase in diners wanting to start the new year with healthier eating habits may also translate to a higher demand...
| Feb 6, 2013
The No. 1 trick to roasting chicken: Heat. For perfectly golden skin, turn on the convection setting on the oven, if you have one, or fully heat the oven to 400 degrees. For moistness, let the chicken swim first in a briny solution of water, sugar and...