Kimchi Pancake

Kimchi Pancake From Native restaurant Chef Nyesha Arrington has returned to Santa Monica with a new Downtown restaurant Arrington has a Westside pedigree with specific Santa Monica influences. After graduation from the Culinary School at the Art Institute of California in 2001 she worked for Josiah Citrin at Melisse and opened two... Read more →


The Best Thanksgiving Turkey Method

From Raphael Lunetta A turkey can be an intimidating bird to cook. You need one large enough to feed your holiday guest list, but small enough to actually fit in your oven. It needs to be cooked through but kept moist on the inside, preferably with a crispy exterior. The white and dark meat cook at different temperatures and yield... Read more →


Candied Yams

Candied Yams From The Santa Monica Farmers Market The holidays are a time to indulge but they don’t have to be a time when the value of nutritious, local and seasonal food is forgotten. With some thought, care and maybe a little butter, holiday traditions can be a way to forge lifelong habits in young and/or picky eaters. For Rufiena... Read more →


Hot And Sweet Orange Chutney

Hot And Sweet Orange Chutney From Slow Food Preservers Slow Food Preservers of Los Angeles Certified Food Preservationist, Marcella Missirian, celebrates tradition and raises the bar with her California native alternative to cranberry sauce. Growing up among orange and lemon groves in LA and her love of world travel, she’s upped the... Read more →


Miso & herb glazed eggplant

Miso & herb glazed eggplant From Emma D'Alessandro Santa Monica is home to many lifestyles and specialized diets. Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Pescatarian, Gluten Free, low carb, reduced sugar, raw or just picky: somewhere in the city, there’s a holiday meal suitable for every appetite and just because you’re not eating a turkey... Read more →


Chicken A La Russe

Chicken A La Russe From Sea Wind Organics Holidays are about traditions, passed down from one generation to the next and along the way there are some habits that become cultural touchstones. Turkey at Thanksgiving, a Christmas Ham, pumpkin or perhaps a pecan pie. However, sometimes an untraditional dish becomes its own tradition as is... Read more →


Honeynut Squash and Apple Stuffing

Honeynut Squash and Apple Stuffing From Vucacious Catering For Chef Kim Vu, the main event of a holiday is actually the side dishes and her take on a classic stuffing recipe is all about enhancing taste by selecting peak produce. “Thanksgiving happens to be my most favorite holiday of the year,” she said. “It’s a holiday I... Read more →


Butternut Squash soup with fried Brussel sprouts

Butternut Squash soup with fried Brussel sprouts By Smith Farms When you’re a local farmer, you tend to eat what you grow and that means you’re going to have a highly seasonal diet. Eating what’s in season is just the way it’s done with Smith Family Farms and they said the benefits of synching your stomach to the seasons are... Read more →


Broccoli Casserole

From the Santa Monica Farmers Market No matter what you’re planning for your holiday meals, the best place to stock up on the produce you need is the Santa Monica Farmers Market. With four markets on three days spread across the city, everything you need for a holiday meal is available locally. Jodi Low, Market Coordinator for the... Read more →


Turkey Gumbo

From Autonomy Farms When a rancher spends every day for weeks to months to years raising an animal, they care how it’s used and farmers have many a tip for turning what would otherwise be considered waste into top notch eats. At Autonomy Farms, they like to convert their turkey leftovers into big batches of tasty stock that can be... Read more →


Swiss Women Grapple With the “Divine Order”

by Cynthia Citron "If women get the vote will they still be home in time to cook dinner?" This was the sardonic campaign poster promoting a man in Switzerland who was running for office. Not in the 19th century, but near the end of the 20th. It was a time in Switzerland when men still made all the rules and all the decisions and their... Read more →

Culture Watch

Rants and Raves

Culture Watch By Sarah A. Spitz   First the rant. Everything that can be said has been said about “Hamilton” and Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at the Broad Museum. You’ve seen the Instagram pictures, the selfies on Facebook. But if you wanted tickets for either of these, you’d be hard pressed to get one. I managed... Read more →