Category: Food

Kismet! Harissa-Roasted Cauliflower Toast

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Kismet is a restaurant at the edge of the Los Feliz neighborhood in Los Angeles. In his LA Times review Jonathan Gold may have called the place “quasi-Middle Eastern”, but its groove and its neighborhood could not be more reflective of what’s going on in Los Angeles right now. So I wasn’t surprised during a…

Persimmon Upside-Down Cake

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Persimmon Upside-Down Cake. Is that legit? When I was growing up an upside-down cake was made with pineapple from a can – usually with a Day-Glo maraschino cherry adorning the center of each sunny ring. To a kid like me, it was a marvel of a cake – full of magic and mystery. How could…

Hunker Down with Meatball Stew

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Now that we’ve cleared the holiday hurdle it’s time to start thinking about surviving the winter. I live in So Cal where our winters are typically mild. Often wet, but always mild. Still, I look for the joy in the season wherever I can find it and cool-weather pleasures don’t get simpler than a steaming…

Christmas Chocolate-Ginger Cookies

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We’re looking towards another Christmas and, despite myself, I’ve made Chocolate-Ginger Cookies for the holiday cookie season. That same time of year when I tell myself (year-after-year) that I’m just not going to bother. I don’t mean I’m not going to bother with the holidays. Though it’s fun to insinuate it just to watch the…

Pork and Pineapple Tacos. That’s a Post!

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I ate these Pork and Pineapple Adobo Tacos weeks ago. I was so inspired by Ben Mims’ Los Angeles Times recipe for Adobo Roast Pork Shoulder with Pickled Pineapple Salad that I quite literally went out that same day and shopped the recipe. Once I had made the dish I couldn’t stop myself from serving…

Turmeric and Cauliflower: A Soup Made for the Season

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Just like that and I’ve turned the seasonal page. It’s Chilled Dragon’s Tongue Beans followed by Celery and Jicama Salad one week. Then, with barely a look backward, I’ve got a cool–season soup featuring Turmeric and Cauliflower. Not that it’s exactly cool in Los Angeles. But it’s not really hot either. In fact, it’s perfect.…

Celery Leaf Pesto: Time Well Spent

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I made Celery Leaf Pesto because I spend a lot of time at home these days. My duties as a caregiver for my MIL mean I often have hours on my hands where I have nothing much to do. However, I need to be able to drop whatever I’m doing at a moment’s notice. So…

Dragon’s Tongue Beans: Charred and Chilled

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Isn’t this a pretty bean? It’s a sweet bean too, with a fierce name. Dragon Tongue is a ”Romano” bean, which means its pods are flat rather than round. Though technically it’s still a wax bean (another questionable name) because its pods have a yellow background. This is a summertime recipe. At least in Los…