NEW AND NOTEWORTHY.A BIT OF ROMANCE: Have you always wanted to make a homemade Valentine for your sweetie but just don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. where to start? For inspirations on gifts that say ``I love you,'' pick up a copy of ``Valentine Treats'' by Sara Perry (Chronicle Books; $14.95 paperback). It's brimming with delectable goodies, festive decorations, charming gifts and cards that can be turned out by grownups and kids of all ages. In the food area, there are recipes for Valentine Sugar Cookies, Secret Chocolate Cookie Truffles, Love Potions, Sweetheart Scones, Hearts-on-Fire Grilled Prawns and more. Look for it at bookstores.
- Natalie Haughton
NEW: Latest to join the roster of baking chips are Cappuccino cap·puc·ci·no
n. pl. cap·puc·ci·nos
Espresso coffee mixed or topped with steamed milk or cream.
[Italian, Chips from Guittard. We spotted 12-ounce packages (each containing 2 cups) recently at Trader Joe's, where they're going for $1.59 each. They're smooth and full of coffee flavor and would be great in cakes, cookies, coffee cakes, fudge and more.
FREEBIE free·bie also free·bee
An article or service given free: "such freebies as subway and bus maps" New York. : Add a little red and spice to your life with a new booklet, ``Frank's Place: Tastin' Just Right,'' featuring recipes using Frank's RedHot sauce. Among them are quick and easy creations like Fiesta Vegetable Dip, Sportsman's Bean Dip, Buffalo Style Chicken Nachos, Buffalo Style Chicken Pizza and Speedy Party Chili. In case you haven't used Frank's, it's great for making Buffalo Chicken Wings and sparking up all kinds of dishes. Pick up a bottle and keep it handy on your pantry shelf. It's much tamer than Tabasco sauce - and adds great taste. A 50-cents-off coupon is included. For a free copy, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Frank's RedHot/Recipes from Frank's Place, 411 Park St., Upper Montclair, N.J. 07043, or order online at www.bender-hammerling.com. (Click on free booklet offers).
LUNCH WITH JULIA: Join Julia Child on Feb. 21 for a book signing (at 10:30 a.m.) and lunch (at 11:30 a.m.) at the Getty Center restaurant. Getty chefs Terry Buzzard buzzard, common name for hawks of the genus Buteo and the genus Pernis, or honey buzzard, of the Old World family Accipitridae. Honey buzzards feed on insects, wasp and bumblebee larvae, and small reptiles. and Helene Kennan (with help from Child) will prepare a three-course lunch featuring recipes from Child's new cookbook, ``Julia's Kitchen Wisdom,'' and her classic ``The Way to Cook.'' Lunch is $35; paired with wines, $55. Seating is limited. For reservations, call (310) 440-7300.
HAVE A HEART: Beaded heart-shaped plates and ramekins are festive additions to the Valentine table. With beaded borders, the stoneware stoneware, hard pottery made from siliceous paste, fired at high temperature to vitrify (make glassy) the body. Stoneware is heavier and more opaque than porcelain and differs from terra-cotta in being nonporous and nonabsorbent. plates are ideal for desserts or salads. The ramekins are wonderful for romantic dessert presentations such as creme brulee, custards, fruit crisps and even fresh fruits such as raspberries or strawberries topped with creme fraiche. Both the 6-inch plates and 6-ounce ramekins come in sets of four (one each of rose, red, pink and cream colors) and are oven-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe. A set of plates is $38; a set of ramekins $32. Order from Williams-Sonoma catalog at (800) 541-2233.
DINING OUT: Powering like a tsunami into Northridge with a menu that makes competitors look puny, China Wave Seafood City displaces Lotus Blossom and Golden China Inn at 8930 Corbin Ave. with a 241-item menu.
And that's not counting 57 lunch specials ($4.95 or $5.45 each that include soup, egg roll, fried wonton and fried or steamed rice) and two family dinners ($11.95 or $13.95 per person) for parties of two to 10 people.
The kitchen here produces just about everything you'd expect, plus loads of recipe rarities and ingredients found mostly in Chinatown or San Gabriel Valley The San Gabriel Valley is one of the principal valleys of southern California. It lies to the east of the city of Los Angeles, to the north of the Puente Hills, to the south of the San Gabriel Mountains, and to the west of the Inland Empire. restaurants. Are you ready for braised braise
tr.v. braised, brais·ing, brais·es
To cook (meat or vegetables) by browning in fat, then simmering in a small quantity of liquid in a covered container. whole abalone abalone (ăbəlō`nē), popular name in the United States for a univalve gastropod mollusk of the genus Haliotis, members of which are also called ear shells, or sea ears, as their shape resembles the human ear. ($32), five clam dishes and five oyster options?
Lobster, crab, sea cucumber, live tilapia tilapia (təlä`pēə) or St. Peter's fish, a spiny-finned freshwater fish of the family Cichlidae, native chiefly to Africa and the Middle East. hot pot, Cantonese beef stew, Peking duck, six squid dishes, catfish, fresh Eastern sole and minced seafood with ham plus several shark's fin offerings should keep the culinarily curious busy.
Meanwhile, familiar kung pao plates, seafood mixtures, dumplings, sizzling siz·zle
intr.v. siz·zled, siz·zling, siz·zles
1. To make the hissing sound characteristic of frying fat.
2. To seethe with anger or indignation.
3. platters, 15 soups, scallop scallop or pecten, marine bivalve mollusk. Like its close relative the oyster, the scallop has no siphons, the mantle being completely open, but it differs from other mollusks in that both mantle edges have a row of steely blue "eyes" and and shrimp dishes, chicken done 19 ways, chop suey, egg foo yung, five moo shus, a variety of beef, pork, rice, bean curd curd
the proteinaceous part of milk precipitated by rennin. Usually contains some fat when whole milk is used. , assorted vegetable and noodle menu listings will ensure returnees that they'll always have plenty of different choices to keep boredom from palate's door.
China Wave has a full bar, is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and presents karaoke every Friday. Information: (818) 886-7988.
- Larry Lipson
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