RIP Gourmet Magazine; Backyard Farms; Top Chef; Tomato Leaves
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This week, Conde Naste announced it was shuttering Gourmet magazine after almost 70 years. Food writer Jonathan Gold gives a eulogy for this highly respected publication. And LA Times Food Editor Russ Parsons has some thoughts on what will take Gourmet's place in our diverse media landscape.
Amanda Hesser explains how she's using the internet to write a cookbook. Incredibly outspoken and confident Stefan Richter stops by with the scoop on being a reality show contestant. Waiter X, Steve Dublanica, returns to Good Food with answers to your questions about how not to anger your waiter.
Are tomatoes leaves really poisonous? Food Scientist Harold McGee has the real deal. Los Angeles Magazine's Ann Herold helps us with our backyard gardens. Tara Kolla explains what is illegal about being an urban farmer in LA. And farmer Alex Weiser shows off his onions at the Santa Monica Farmers Market.
Market Report ()
Onions are what's in season at Alex Weiser's farmstand. He has four different varieties available: 1) the traditional brown Spanish onion which stores for up to six months and has a sharp flavor. Even though it's the hottest it is the onion with the highest content of sugar; 2) the white onion, another storing email with a bright, crisp flavor; 3) Bermuda onion. A sweet onion that needs to be refrigerated and eaten within two months; 4) Sweet Sequoia. This variety is most similar to the Maui onion. It's a mild flavor that won't make your eyes burn.
Chef Jean Paul Meteigner of La Cachette Bistro is making all kinds of squash soup. He uses Moroccan squash slices from McGrath Farms. First he roasts it in the oven with leeks and onions then adds everything to 2 quarts of water. Add curry powder and after about 35 minutes let cool. Then blend in a blender. Season to taste. La Cachette Bistro is at 1733 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica across from Le Merigot Hotel. 310-434-9509.
The Passing of Gourmet ()
On Monday, Condé Naste announced that they were shutting down Gourmet, a magazine that has been around for almost 70 years.
The State of Food Journalism ()
Music Break: Last Tango In Turrell by Impala
Food 52 ()
Amanda Hesser is a food writer for The New York Times. She and writer Merrill Stubbs have created Food52.com, a collaborative website that is collecting recipes from home cooks. They announce a category and recipes are submitted. Amanda and Merrill choose three recipes to test. Two are presented to the collaborators and a winner is voted on. They hope to publish a cookbook with about 150 recipes.
(Photo: Sarah Shatz)
This Savory Bread Pudding recipe won their Week 14 competition:
3 cups diced bread
4 large eggs
1 egg yolk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
4 oz chevre, finely crumbled
3 oz prosciutto, diced
1 tsp fresh thyme
2 shallot, minced
4 crimini mushrooms, sliced
Cracked pepper, to taste
1/4 cup shredded gruyere or parmesan (optional)
Toast bread cubes in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or so, stirring halfway through. Leave oven on at 350.
In a bowl, mix together eggs, milk, and cream until thoroughly blended.
In a 9x9 square baking pan, toss together bread cubes, prosciutto, shallot, mushrooms, thyme, and pepper.
Gently stir in chevre.
Pour egg mixture over bread cubes.
If desired, garnish with a shredded cheese such as parmesan or gruyere, for a golden crust.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into center reads above 145 degrees.
Music Break: Latin Slide by La Clave
Top Chef ()
Stefan Richter was a contestant on Season 5 of Bravo's Top Chef. He now owns Stefan's at LA Farm in Santa Monica.
Stefan will be a judge at KCRW's First Annual Good Food Pie Contest on November 14 at Westfield Topanga. Register online.
Stefan hails from Finland. Hear about a Finnish Cranberry Pie that he makes.
Stefan's at LA Farm
3000 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Music Break: Lowdown Popcorn by James Brown
How to Please Your Waiter ()
Steve Dublanica, also known as Waiter X, writes the blog Waiter Rant. His most recent book, Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip- Confessions of a Cynical Waiter, is now in paperback.
Music Break: The Dragon by Jimmy Giuffre
Toxic Tomato Leaves? ()
Harold McGee is a noted food scientist and the author of several books including On Food and Cooking and The Curious Cook.
The tomato belongs to the nightshade family and it is widely believed that the leaves are toxic. Harold says that there is no evidence to back that claim. Instead, tomato leaves contain the alkaloid tomatine, which helps lower LDL cholesterol levels.
Harold has used tomato leaves in pasta sauces and in pestos. Read about it in The New York Times.
Edible Backyards ()
Ann Herold edited Los Angeles magazine's current issue on backyard gardening.
She recommends buying seedlings from:
Lora Hall - Full Circle Gardening
Jimmy Williams - Hayground Organics
Green Thumb Nursery
Sperling (for fruit trees)
Music Break: El Gran Poder by Alla
Food and Flowers Freedom Act ()
Tara Kolla is an urban farmer, growing organic flowers in Silverlake. She had to stop selling at Farmers Markets because of a 1946 Truck Farming ordinance that prohibits the selling of anything grown on your property except vegetables.
City Council President Eric Garcetti has introduced a motion reversing this ordinance. Read about the motion, dubbed the Food and Flowers Freedom Act. Tara and other fellow urban farmers have started the group Urban Farming Advocates.
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