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Polenta Revelation

The Restaurant Pearl’s soft polenta with sauteed seasonal vegetables and roasted tomato sauce is a wonderful thing of vegetable beauty, says Ruby Louise. It’s a shallow bowl of soft, creamy polenta, rich with cheese and butter, topped with savory roaste READ MORE

All Mollie Stone’s Are Not Created Equal

All Mollie Stone’s markets are not the same, and the one in Greenbrae is exceptional, says rworange. They carry thirty types of butter and every type of yogurt you’ve ever seen, and some you haven’t. They also have a fantastic selection of Acme fish–i READ MORE

Sad News for New York Peruvian Lovers; and Other Changes

Queens Chowhounds are bereft over recent changes at La Pollada de Laura, once a destination for ceviches, roast chicken, and other excellent Peruvian chow. It’s still there, but with new ownership and a pared-down menu that ditches the old Peruvian favori READ MORE

Go for the Golden: Burmese Chow

Golden Triangle may be the only outpost of Burmese cooking left in L.A. (reports of Romantic Steakhouse, which closed in Rosemead but has reportedly moved, would be appreciated). So skip the iffy Thai fare on the menu and go all Burmese. First off, go READ MORE

Pineapple Drink with a Punch

Perhaps you read about tepache, the Mexican fermented pineapple drink (from prehispanic times!), in the October issue of Saveur. If not, well…it’s a fermented pineapple drink. With brown sugar. And sometimes beer, if you don’t really have patience for a READ MORE

Parchment vs. Silpat in the Cookie-Baking Showdown

Many chowhounds love Silpat silicone sheet pan liners because baked goods release effortlessly from them. But some prefer using parchment paper when baking cookies, READ MORE

Layers of Meaning

The L. A. Times has baked up a dreamy food section this week all about layer cakes. READ MORE

The Hot Toddy: A Warm Libation for Cool Nights

A hot toddy is a warm drink made from hot water, sweetener, spirits, and, usually, lemon. Most basic recipes include honey, whiskey, and lemon juice. But brandy and rum are also popular alternatives; some toddies are sweetened with sugar; and some add a c READ MORE

Gotta Get Goetta

Goetta is a breakfast sausage, well known to Cincinnatians. It’s very similar to scrapple, but goetta is made with steel cut oats instead of cornmeal. The oats give it a definite heartiness. ... READ MORE

Morningstar Meatless Products

Whether or not you avoid meat, Morningstar makes just plain good tasting products. The veggie dogs have a casing-like covering like regular hot dogs. Scott123 calls them the best veggie dog on the market. The corn dogs are a big favorite and only 150 ca READ MORE