THANK YOU, YOLANDA, FOR GUACAMOLE AND SO MUCH MORE

The first time I saw Yolanda Quintero she was sitting on a bench in the shade near the sun-drenched concrete playground at the elementary school we attended near downtown Los Angeles. She was 12; I was 10. Yolanda was the first Mexican person I ever met. I thought she... Read More

DINNER FOR TWO FOR LESS THAN $7 EACH – TWICE

By Larry Levine – How about dinner for two for less than $7 each? Twice. – A whole roast chicken and chicken in mushroom sauce Start with a whole chicken, about 4 – 4 ½ lb. Mix together 4 tablespoons of extra version olive oil, 1 teaspoon each of granulated... Read More

AT LAST, A SUCCESSFUL MUSHROOM SOUP

By Larry Levine – The sun was bright and the morning temperature had inched north of 60 degrees on the way to a high of 69 for the day. It was the third day of winter and the Studio City Farmers’ Market in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Los Angeles was... Read More

The one true international food / DUMPLINGS

By Larry Levine – Call them piroshky, or pierogi, or kreplach, sui mai, won tons, or quenelles, matzo balls, gefelte fish, ravioli or any of a thousand other names. You can boil them, steam them, fry them, bake them, or cook them pretty much any way you want. You can... Read More