Category: Food

You Bought Escarole! Now What?

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One of the pleasures of living in Southern California — and there are many — is the availability of unusual vegetables. Many of them are specialized versions of something you already love, like the Martian green Romanesco cauliflower. Some are exotic varieties from another hemisphere, such as oca, a technicolor root vegetable that can’t decide…

A-HA! Those Are Brussels Sprout Crowns

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When I left the house this morning for the Hollywood Farmers Market I’d never heard of Brussels Sprout Crowns. I had already decided to keep an open mind about what I might find because it’s between seasons here. We’ve had both unseasonably warm weather and unexpected chilly days with lots of rain. And that was just…

Turn Brown Sugar Pound Cake Upside Down

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One pound flour, one pound eggs, one pound butter and one pound sugar. That’s an old-fashioned pound cake, right? Add raspberries and use brown sugar and that’s a Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Raspberries, right? Well, if pound cake really were that simple, all pound cakes would be basically the same. Right? But how many…

Winter Comfort Food: How to Cook Bolognese

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It’s February. I’ve got a big pot of Bolognese sauce on the stove. I also have a notepad bursting with tips on how to cook Bolognese. Bolognese is winter comfort food of the first order. However, it’s supposed to be 78 degrees here all week, the flowers are blooming and those wacky birds are chirping…

Buttermilk Soup: Guilt by Association

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If you made biscuits this week (and I hope you did) I bet you bought buttermilk. I also bet that the extra, unused buttermilk you bought smirks and winks at you every time you open the refrigerator. Who buys a quart of buttermilk just to use a cup or two in a single recipe? Well,…

Goshimo Goodies: Spicy Sesame Edamame

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I don’t know about you but I find edamame (pronounced: ed-ah-MAH-may) in the pods completely addicting. They’re typically served slightly salty and steamy hot, I just can’t stop myself when they’re set out before me. I think a bowl before dinner is not only a delicious and healthy way to start a meal, but it’s…

Tuna Wonton Bites “Poke Pie”

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A few years back on a trip along the Kona coast of Hawaii I made an effort to introduce myself to authentic Hawaiian food. Poke is a preparation of raw fish that represents the best of the traditional, but it’s also friendly to modern influences and flavors. According to my research, poke has been eaten…