Food / Dining

A Salmon ball recipe from "The Mystery Writers of America" cookbook (Quirk Books, $24.95). (Quirk Books)

Cookbook Introduces Mystery Writers, ‘Murderous’ Recipes

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mystery writers like to eat. So do their characters. Here’s an opportunity to meet and greet both without having any calories heading toward your waistline. The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, edited by Kate White, includes 109 writers and more than 100 delicious recipes. This is more than just another cookbook. It’s an introduction to a vast number of mystery writers, their personal backgrounds and their written creations. Some sleuths are cook exotic concoctions. Felix Francis’ ( Dead Heat ) chef, Max Moreton, makes Beef Stroganoff with deep-fried potato straws. Katherine Hall Page’s catering sleuth, Faith Fairchild, includes Chevre Endive Spears with Rubies, containing cheese, …

Raise Your Glass: A Great Bargain Wine From South Africa

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Wolftrap Red Blend, 2013 Western Cape of Good Hope, South Africa $7.98 to 9.99 Last week, I heard a wine expert say that the best way for a regular wine drinker to become knowledgeable is to try something different every time. According to his plan, if you are used to drinking Cabernet …

Cooking Under Pressure

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

My mother never spent much time in the kitchen, much less slaving over a stove. She had four sons, a husband and her own life to manage. However, she put food on the table every night on time. It may not have always been the tastiest of fare — there were a few …

Super Bowl Spuds: Pub Inspiration for ‘Smashed’ and ‘Loaded’ Potatoes

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Baked, fried or mashed, the potato remains America’s favorite vegetable. We inhale, on average, more than 50 pounds of spuds annually, no doubt much of it in darkened cars parked in back alleys, far away from dietitians, spouses …

Windsor Farmers Market Surveys Shoppers, Vendors

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Windsor — Organizers of the Windsor Farmers Market are asking would be and actual shoppers and vendors to take an online survey designed to improve the market. For the past few years, the outdoor market has been held on Sundays at about the same time. The survey asks …

Tootsie Roll CEO Melvin Gordon Dead at 95

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chicago — Melvin Gordon, who helped turn the enduring popularity of the humble Tootsie Roll into a candy empire, has died. He was 95. The longtime Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. chairman and CEO died Tuesday in Boston after …

A Meal That’s ‘All Mixed Up’

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

We all ask for different things from our food in the name of comfort. We look for that glint of a certain place or time, or of a particular person or group of people. Others of us might …

It’s ‘Kid Foods,’ Not Cooks, That Frustrate Our Efforts

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

We’re being told to cook. The benefits attributed to home cooking and its corollary, the family dinner, include lower weight, better diet quality and decreased risk for kids’ smoking, drinking and using drugs. When health authorities tick off …

The Mood of Food in 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Remember the Cronut? The doughnut hybrid was born in May 2013 at a New York bakery. The birth announcement went out on Grub Street, and Web traffic soared. By January 2014, the Los Angeles Times reported that not even a frigid winter storm could deter New Yorkers from …

From the Recipe Archives

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The only thing more indecipherable than the untidy scrawl in which the recipe for “Potingall Cakes” is written is the instructions themselves. There’s the unconventional direction to “strew in yr sugar and flower,” the inclusion of two spoonfuls …

Fake Bar Tests Anti-Drinking Drug

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Washington — The tequila sure looks real, so do the beer taps. Inside the hospital at the National Institutes of Health, researchers are testing a possible new treatment to help heavy drinkers cut back — using a replica …

SIMPLE SOUPS

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

In my affection for holiday cooking, I bow to no one. For our Christmas open house, I make gallons of posole and black beans. Our family spends a day decorating hundreds of cookies. There is no Christmas Eve …

Vietnamese Immigrant Built an Empire on Duck Eggs

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Los Angeles — The two spots in front of Hot Vit Lon Long An are taken, so Sonny Ha squeezes his SUV into a tight opening at the curb in the middle of LA’s bustling Little Saigon shopping …