| May 22, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Quinoa. It's a South American grain-like crop that has come to be recognized as a nutrient-dense superfood, and it's all the rage right now. The seeds, or "grains" (quinoa is not a true cereal, though its seeds resemble and are similarly used like grains)...
| May 15, 2013
So many home cooks are obsessed with making dishes just like the professionals do. They buy hand-forged Japanese chefs knives, seek out $50 bottles of olive oil and spend hours preparing elaborately composed dishes from "The French Laundry Cookbook" or...
| May 14, 2013
| 6:35 PM
May is Florida Beef Month and you can visit floridacattlemen.org to learn more. Here are some easy to prepare beef recipes for your spring menus:
Easy Steak Diane
Yield: 4 servings
1 pound beef shoulder petite tender medallions, cut 3/4 inch thick...
| May 17, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Soup. It's the perfect one-dish meal. A little of this, a little of that -- before you know it, dinner is served. It's simple. But perhaps the best thing? Soup always seems to taste best the next day, after the flavors have really had a chance to marry....
| May 2, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Scallops are an easy and underrated weeknight meal, and I know this from experience: I never seem to think about them as a dinner option, but when I do it's always a slap-hand-to-forehead kind of moment. Scallops sear in mere seconds. And although...
| Mar 16, 2013
Total time: 30 minutes
1/3 cup hazelnuts
2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
2 teaspoons minced shallots
3 tablespoons hazelnut oil
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 pound tangerines, peeled, broken into segments and stripped...
| Jul 14, 2012
Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes, plus chilling time for the soup
Servings: This makes a scant 2 quarts soup
Note: This recipe calls for the use of a chinois, a very fine strainer; chinois are available at cooking and restaurant supply stores, as...
| Oct 13, 2012
Dear SOS: I had the most fantastic and flavorful summer salad at the Hungry Cat in Hollywood recently. It was an heirloom tomato salad with chunks of watermelon and some feta and herbs. I would love it if you might be able to obtain the recipe, as this is...
| Jan 26, 2013
Caramelized lemon grass shrimp
Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes, plus cooling time
Servings: 6 as part of a multi-course meal
Note: Adapted from "Vietnamese Home Cooking" by Charles Phan. Palm sugar, fish sauce, Sichuan peppercorns and annatto seeds...
| Sep 8, 2012
The chopped kale salad at the Napa Valley Grille in Westwood is the sort of healthy, interesting dish you could eat every day. In fact, a waitress there who recommended it told me she does exactly that. After I ordered it a few times, I saw her point. Can...
| Dec 15, 2012
Dear SOS: I recently "rediscovered" La Grande Orange in Pasadena's Del Mar station and absolutely love its kale and quinoa salad — it's light and refreshing, although sometimes it is a bit too heavy on the dressing.... I have enjoyed it often enough...
| Nov 17, 2012
Total time: About 1 hour
Note: The soup can be served with steamed jasmine rice for a more substantial meal. Galangal, kaffir lime leaves, tamarind pulp, Thai basil and fish sauce are available at Thai and general Asian markets.