Photo: Holly Heyser
Photo: Holly Heyser
Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections has but those mysterious finger limes to great use. Finger limes are an oblong citrus fruit with a pearled pulp. Some people call it "citrus caviar." Valerie is candying them and using them in a raspberry gallette. She's also using the pulp in a coconut finger lime cookie. These items, and more, are for sale at the Saturday Santa Monica Farmers Market (downtown) and the Sunday Hollywood Farmers Market. A recipe from Valerie is here.
Barbara Spencer of Windrose Farms has a variety of beautiful radicchio at her stand. They are more flower-shaped than in a tight head. She recommends soaking the head of radicchio in cold water for 20 minutes before spin-drying and using. Pictures of Barbara's stand at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market are here.
Music: The Spinach Song by Julia Lee
Gustavo Arellano is the food editor for the OC Weekly. He raves about Fonda La Meche, a Mexico City-style "inn" (or fonda) in Stanton. He likes the mole de olla, the caldo tlapeño, and the pechuga Tuza (a special).
Fonda La Meche
7483 Katella Ave.
All of Gustavo's restaurant suggestions are in green, on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
Music Break: Silver Threats by Buddy James & his Combo
Madhur Jaffrey is an accomplished actress and author of many cookbooks. Born in Delhi, she moved to London and the US to persue her acting career. She learned to cook when she moved to London at age 19. Her latest is At Home with Madhur Jaffrey. Her recipe for Salmon in a Bengali Mustard Sauce is on the Good Food Blog.
Music Break: Valencia by Josh Rouse
Lawrence Dai is a college student who is watching the film Julie & Julie every day for a year. He is chronicling the experience on his blog.
Music Break: Skinhead by London Studio Group
Christopher Klapp is the General Manager at Petrossian in West Hollywood. They sell farm-raised sturgeon from Northern California as well as some wild-caught varieties.
The Thanksgiving show: Family and food This Thanksgiving we are talking about family. Chef Jacques Pepin learns something new when he cooks with his granddaughter. Miry’s List helps newly immigrated families feel safe in America. During a trip to Ireland, Evan spoke with Breda Burns about her mother’s beef stew. Finally, a Nashville writer who learned how to cook Sichuanese dishes to make her adopted daughter feel at home.
David Tanis, a Thanksgiving cocktail, Cipe Pineles, and 'Sangsgiving' This week, we are prepping for Thanksgiving with seasonal stories of food, culture, and creativity. David Tanis offers market-inspired ideas for sides. Laura Avery talks persimmon and pinecone cocktails. Cipe Pineles just wants to be left alone with her recipes. Jonathan Gold enjoys a meal at Ink.well. LA Times and Pie Contest judge Noelle Carter gives us a holiday dessert pep-talk. Sang Yoon gives us permission to skip the Thanksgiving traditions this year.
Gail Simmons, sexual harassment in the kitchen, and Zingerman's Bakehouse Gail Simmons shares stories of travels and home cooking, Brett Anderson investigates harassment at the Besh Restaurant Group, and Jonathan Gold revisits Osawa in Pasadena. Emily Thelin’s new book ‘Unforgettable’ explores Paula Wolfert’s life and legacy. It’s all coming up radishes at the market, and Zingerman’s Bakehouse has a lot to celebrate.
Guerrilla Tacos, North Korea's seafood workers, and the Grand Central Market centennial Martha Mendoza updates us on North Korea’s role in the seafood industry, Maryn McKenna investigates how antibiotics changed poultry. Grand Central Market turns 100, celebrating with a cookbook. Jonathan Gold hangs at Sari Sari in the market. Wes Avila wants to ‘taco’ ‘bout it and sweet potatoes at the market.
Like ‘mam’ used to make: Irish beef stew During a trip to Ireland, Evan met with artist Breda Burns, who shared her mother’s bare-bones recipe for traditional Irish beef stew. And when making the stew at home, she sources the vegetables from her own backyard! Read More
An ode to Thanksgiving side dishes During his tenure as head chef at Chez Panisse, David Tanis perfected his market-fresh style of cooking. This year, we pressed him for some seasonal side-dishes, sure to please any Thanksgiving table. Read More