Category: Food

It’s Pomodori Scoppiati Season

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Maybe this is just an L.A. thing, but here it is November and we’ve still got cherry tomatoes hanging around. I see them at the market and I spy them through the backyard fences of my neighbors. Their gardens may be spent and drab but there always seems to be a cherry or grape tomato…

Pan-Seared Mushroom Toasts

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You should learn to make pan seared mushroom. It’s the classic way to cook mushrooms because it brings out their earthy flavors. Sure it’s easy to default to sautéed mushrooms, and I often do. Still, if I plan ahead I think it’s worth the extra bit of patience to go ahead and sear the mushrooms…

Cold Sichuan Summer Noodles

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I was flipping through the LA Times recently and came across a simple recipe for Sichuan Summer Noodles that made me stop and stare. It’s not that these cold noodles are particularly photogenic. You can see by the photo I did that it’s hard to get noodles to smile for the camera. No, it’s not…

Eat Corn Now: Charred Corn Soup

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Charred Corn Soup! Get the klieg lights, roll out the red carpet ‘cuz corn has arrived in Hollywood and this fan has big plans. It may take a while longer in Los Angeles than other parts of the continent for the really good corn to arrive. I don’t know why that is. We in Southern…

Non-Traditional Farro Risotto

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I can be a bit of a traditionalist. Take risotto. It’s hard for me to imagine an alternative to the traditional Arborio rice I’ve always used. After all, risotto is one of those nearly perfect dishes that is so much better than its simple ingredient list leads you to believe. Yet, risotto manages to amaze…

Peach and Camembert Baguette

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Peach and Camembert Baguette with Basil and Black Pepper. It’s an unusual combination, but, at its heart, it’s not unheard of. If you’ve ever wondered the streets of Paris you know that Camembert or Brie is often smudged between baguette slices to make an easy to carry sandwich-on-the-go. The first time I walked those streets it…