Photo: Troy Masters
Photo: Troy Masters
Amelia Saltsman is the author of The Santa Monica Farmers Market Cookbook and a frequent guest on Good Food. With the arrival of cherries at the farmers market, Amelia is making berry crisp. She makes her crisp topping ahead and freezes it. When using fruit from the market, Amelia suggests cutting down the amount of sugar called for in most recipes. Her recipe for berry crisp is here.
Murray Family Farms grows 27 varieties of cherries on their farm south of Bakersfield. Right now they have the Brooks and the Sequoias. They'll have new varieties every two weeks or so.
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Weekly. This week he reviews Noodle Guy, a Vietnamese noodle restaurant in Alhambra. Along with the restaurant's signature Kobe beef pho, Jonathan liked the fried spring rolls, ban hoi, shredded pork skin with rice powder, and the broken rice plates.
1257 E. Valley Blvd. Alhambra, CA 91801
All of Jonathan's suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
Alex Reznik is the chef at La Seine in Beverly Hills (14 N. La Cienega), a Kosher restaurant. He has a rabbi that works in his kitchen as a line cook and who monitors their adherence to Kashrut laws. Alex shares a recipe here.
Because bugs are not Kosher, certain produce is not permitted and all of it has to be thoroughly washed. Asparagus tips must be discarded and Brussels sprouts are not on the menu.
Gustavo Arellano is the Managing Editor of the OC Weekly where he writes the popular Ask a Mexican column and reviews restaurants. This week he heads to Laguna Hills, an unlikely place in Orange County to find Colombian food. The restaurant is Mitzi's Kountry Kitchen, which serves Colombian food during lunch and dinner. The best dishes include bandeja paisa, which some consider to be Colombia's national dish. They also have sancocho, which is a soup with chicken, whole corn cobs and potatoes. Gustavo's review is here.
Colombia Cuisine at Mitzi's Kountry Kitchen
25381 Alicia Pkwy., Ste. C
Laguna Hills, CA
All of Gustavo's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
Willy Blackmore is the Los Angeles editor of Tasting Table, and email newsletter. He highlighted the following chain-restaurant imports:
1091 Broxton Ave.
Westfield Century City Shopping Center, Upper Level
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
6 W. 32nd St.
3760 South Centinela Avenue
The Water Show Water may be the essence of life but it’s subject to near-constant misuse. Journalist Mark Arax profiles a couple running a water monopoly in the Central Valley. A once abundant Cambodian lake is in decline, leaving fisherman and half the population scrambling for fish. We’ve heard of using less water but what about eating less water? And Mark Gold (Jonathan’s brother) shares tips on water conservation in LA.
Mark Bittman on grilling, the business of beef, and historic Filipinotown It’s summer cookout season, and Mark Bittman has some essential grilling tips. Third-generation butcher Katie Flannery talks life in the beef business. English chef James Whetlor wants us to consider eating more goat. As Filipinotown gentrifies, the owners of a new bar are trying to reach out to their neighbors. Jonathan Gold talks food-centric cinema. And a peculiar vegetable is popping up at the farmers market.
Nigella Lawson, peaches, and reimagining Jewish food at Freedman's Fine dining is nice, but sometimes the best bites are those that remind us of home. Nigella Lawson wants to celebrate home cooks in her latest book. Jonah and Amanda Freedman are recreating the bagels of their childhood at their modern Jewish deli, Freedman’s. Beyond the bagels, Jonathan Gold says the rest of the menu at Freedman’s is delicious and nostalgic in ways difficult to explain. Also, peaches at the market.
Ramadan's culinary traditions, what's next for the Farm Bill, and avocados Congress failed to pass the Farm Bill last week. What tanked the legislation? London author Anissa Helou discusses some foods traditionally eaten after sundown during Ramadan, in addition to other foods of the Islamic world. And how is one of LA’s best chefs secretly running a clothing line? Plus, Jonathan Gold returns from Japan with a deepened respect for chef Yoshihiro Narisawa.
Serving Cocktails and Culture in LA’s Historic Filipinotown Some say new developments and gentrification are threatening LA’s Historic Filipinotown. A new neighborhood gin bar is trying to do things differently. Contributor Paola Mardo brings us their story. Read More
Try Nigella Lawson’s easily elegant chicken and pea traybake Just because a meal is low maintenance doesn’t mean it has to compromise on taste. Ask celebrity food personality Nigella Lawson! She says this traybake recipe is a favorite from her book “At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking,” because of its simplicity yet maximal flavor. Read More
Ramadan recipes: Saudi roasted lamb shoulder on a bed of fragrant rice Ramadan is underway around the world. The month-long observance began on May 17 and will last until June 15. After sunset, many observant Muslims will break their fasts with customary meals. Anissa Helou shares a recipe from her latest cookbook “Feast: Food of the Islamic World,” to enjoy after dusk. Read More