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Test Kitchen video tips: Grating ginger

If you've ever grated ginger using a rasp or a cheese grater, you've probably been frustrated by how fibrous the little root can be. Grate it and it seems half of the root is nothing more than annoying hairs. How are you supposed to add those to a recipe? Ever try a ginger grater? Sold [...]

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Resin domes with bunny ears hide cheese or butter or whatever

The Frenchwoman who ran the bed-and-breakfast where we were staying in the Dordogne gave us a few addresses. One was for a ferme auberge (farm restaurant) where she’d arranged for me to watch the proprietor make her famous tourtière aux pruneaux (prune tart sprinkled with Armagnac). And so one night my husband and I set out [...]

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U-Mini, a new Umami Burger, is coming to Westwood

UCLA students rejoice, Umami Burger — the juggernaut of a savory burger chain — is barreling toward Westwood Village, with a targeted opening date of "summer 2012." That could mean August, but when Umami owner Adam Fleischman moves, he tends to move fast. So it could be sooner. The new Umami location is being called [...]

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Taco Tuesday: Tacos de birria at El Pariente

There are a lot of great reasons to visit the El Pariente taco truck on a weekday. You may find that somebody has made cecina, which is salty, air-dried beef designed to make cows taste a little like game animals, and there is a formidable alambre — a mass of sauteed meat, onions, peppers and [...]

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More slurping on Sawtelle: Miyata Menji to open Wednesday

Sawtelle is booming with another round of new restaurants, and the next anticipated opening is Japanese import Miyata Menji — the tsukemen joint that has taken over what was the former gr/eats space. A bold move with Tsujita L.A., which serves ramen and tsukemen at lunch, directly across the street?   Japanese comedian Tetsuji Miyata brings his Miyata [...]

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This week’s Culinary SOS: Julienne’s double-chocolate espresso cookies

This week's Culinary SOS comes from Pat Schwanhausser in Elkin, N.C.: I am from North Carolina and recently visited Los Angeles. While there I visited Julienne in San Marino. The double-chocolate espresso walnut cookie is the best I have ever eaten. Would it be possible to get the recipe for this cookie? Julienne was happy [...]

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A week of matzo brie at Jar

If you didn't grow up with it — and maybe even if you did — matzo brie is the culinary equivalent of  wet cardboard. Jar chef Suzanne Tracht is out to change that impression. In honor of Passover, Tracht is offering a week of matzo brie variations. Though it's typically eaten at breakfast, Tracht will [...]

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Object of Desire: The sandwich

You are in line at Roma Deli, because that is where you go in Pasadena when you are in need of prosciutto, fresh mozzarella or pecorino di Sardo, and the woman in front of you has just ordered a sandwich. Maybe you have been to Roma a hundred times in your life, because the need [...]

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Photos: Putting the L.A. Times’ king cake recipe to the test

From the looks of it, our Mardi Gras king cake recipe was a hit. Times Test Kitchen Manager Noelle Carter crafted a king cake recipe rich with butter, cream cheese, toasted pecans and apples. She said it was the perfect way to mark Mardi Gras — the end of Carnival season — before Lent begins. [...]

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Test Kitchen tips: Soak your wooden skewers

Before you throw your next batch of skewers on the grill, take some time to soak the wood before threading the food. Wooden skewers, like the classic bamboo skewers pictured above, can burn easily over a hot grill. Soaking them in warm water for 10 to 20 minutes before threading will keep the skewers from [...]

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