Working as a chef based in greater Los Angeles, though I also have restaurants across the U.S. and around the world, I'm very aware of the richness of Latino culture. So many good, hardworking people from Mexico and countries further south live in my home state that Spanish is virtually a second language here.
And, of course, I've grown not ...Read more
Tasting hundreds of young Bordeaux wines from barrel is an annual exercise of self-inflicted pain for many of the world's wine journalists and prominent members of the global wine trade. The purpose of the En Primeur tastings, which are organized by the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, is to get some sense of each vintage prior to the sale ...Read more
We often take our sight for granted until it starts to fade. More than half of all Americans develop cataracts by age 80, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) -- the top cause of severe vision loss and blindness in adults over age 60 in this country -- affects as...Read more
My dear friend, Laurie Burrows Grad, is a gifted writer and cook. She loves to do dinner parties with a Chinese theme, and one of her favorite main courses is this lamb dish. Marinated overnight in a luscious hoisin ginger blend, the lamb is then grilled to a rosy medium to medium rare. The flavor is simply spectacular and complements the lamb ...Read more
In this pork tenderloin recipe, rhubarb cooks with ketchup and cider vinegar to make a tangy, healthy barbecue sauce. If you're lucky enough to have a lot of rhubarb, make a double or even a triple batch of the rhubarb sauce recipe and freeze it for summer. It tastes great with grilled chicken and beef too.
Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Rhubarb ...Read more
This is what spring looks like. The subtle beauty of all these green shades tangled together helps us understand the idea of renewal reflected in the season's bloom. In Italy it's called cianfotta, the all-purpose dish that changes with the seasons as new vegetables appear and leave...Read more
I am one of those people who never travels more than five minutes from my house without packing some kind of snack. Just in case. I go through heavy rotations of granola bars, trail mix and, most recently, these dark chocolate bites. They're the perfect little nosh to help me power through a...Read more
Chicago deep-dish pizza is a uniquely American dish that is challenging to replicate at home. This is not an imitator recipe; it is a modern interpretation with a serious homage to the past and a crust that is worth every minute of your time.
This crust is inspired by the buttery, light ...Read more
SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan RuthSteve Snyder
An Amazon #1 Best Seller and winner of 15 national book awards, SHOT DOWN is set within the framework of World War II in Europe and recounts the dramatic experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew after their plane, piloted by the author's father, was knocked out of the sky by ...
If it’s not good to mix religion with politics, how about politics and food?
I rarely buy an issue of Us Magazine but I was attracted to the cover this week. The headline, “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me,” featuring presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
The most interesting thing I learned in the article is that Hillary Clinton ...Read more
Orange peel adds intriguing flavor to this shrimp and tomato pasta dish. Fresh basil and Parmesan cheese add additional flavor. This colorful dish is served over a bed of rotelli (corkscrew pasta.) The shrimp cook quickly in the tomato and orange sauce.
A salad with cannellini beans -- large white Italian kidney beans -- completes the meal.
Sliders, perhaps draped in caramelized onions and exotic cheeses atop artisan rolls, are not just for chic nights out at bistros anymore. The tiny treat burgers are, of course, even quicker than bigger thinner patties to grill up at home and a memorable way to slide into grilling season.
Just buy preformed similarly sized patties or ground ...Read more
There are "pop stars," and then there are Taylor, Madonna and Gaga.
There are mausoleums, and then there are the Great Pyramid at Giza, the Taj Mahal and Grant's Tomb.
Some people and things get set apart from the rest. They achieve a one-of-a-kind-ness that takes into account more than the simplest definition of them. Plato wasn't just a deep...Read more
Earth Day is being observed worldwide on Friday, April 22. It's a holiday unlike any other: a celebration based simply on the fact that we all live together on this planet and benefit from taking care of all its many natural wonders and resources.
Earth Day had its start in 1970 as an environmental-...Read more
Mary Sayler of Tewksbury, N.J., was in search of the recipe for the rainbow cake that was made by Silbers bakery in Baltimore many years ago. She and her family have fond memories of that cake, and she was hoping to be able to make it at home.
Sadly, Silbers has been closed for many years, and their original recipe is not available. However, ...Read more
Cognitive function -- including memory, mental speed and problem solving ability -- declines gradually over the life span in most people. Although you can't completely prevent this, B vitamins, particularly folate and vitamins B12 and B6, play specific roles in keeping...Read more
Bread pudding is a comforting dish traditionally made from leftover bread and rich vanilla custard, and it has come a long way. Today's restaurant menus feature myriad adaptations such as gingerbread, white chocolate and lemon, to name just a few. There is no definitive recipe.
Served in souffle dishes, in individual ramekins or in a shallow ...Read more
Mothers everywhere will delight in this healthy strawberry shortcake recipe that's simple enough for kids to help make. Look for lemon curd in the store near jams and jellies, or skip it and combine the berries with 2 tablespoons sugar in Step 4.
Muffin-Tin Strawberry Shortcakes
Active Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 1/4 hours
1 1/...Read more
French toast is incredibly delicious, but it's not exactly portable -- especially when topped with bananas and caramel. Because of this, it has never been an option for my brunch parties since I just don't have enough chairs around my dining room table to accommodate my guests.
Thankfully, ...Read more
Rock shrimp tastes like lobster, but is in fact part of the shrimp family. Similar to lobster, they're harvested in water 120 to 240 feet deep. Its name coming from the rock-like hardness of its shell, the rock shrimp is cousin to brown, pink and white shrimp. Frozen or fresh, peeled and deveined or whole and headless, they're widely available. ...Read more