Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times

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Past articles by Ben:

Big salad recipes for easy weeknight dinners

Big bowls of salad, teeming with vegetables, fruits and cheese, take a lunchtime staple to nighttime during end-of-summer cooking. → Read More

Extra-Crumb Kokosh Cake Recipe

Cocoa and sugar form a bittersweet, syrupy filling for this Hungarian sweet yeasted bread topped with lots of crunchy crumb topping. → Read More

Before babka, there was kokosh — a simple cake for breaking Yom Kippur's fast

With a bittersweet cocoa powder filling and a crunchy crumb topping, kokosh is a Hungarian Jewish cake that predates babka and makes for the perfect treat to break the fast on Yom Kippur. → Read More

Not-so-hot (as in mild) pepper recipes for a very hot summer

Bell peppers and Jimmy Nardello peppers shine in late summer recipes that utilize their floral sweetness. → Read More

Recipes for using up all those peaches, plums and late-summer berries

Upside-down cake, breakfast cake, crisps and — if all else fails — a foolproof jam for using up all the stone fruit that needs to get eaten before summer ends. → Read More

Lazy Summer Tian Recipe

Potato, zucchini and summer squash are layered like the French classic, but with cooked onions, chile and corn for bright sweetness. → Read More

Tropical fruit recipes for 'getting away' in your kitchen

Pineapple, mango and coconut — in cakes, relishes and drinks — offer a vacation in your mind for the start of summer in your kitchen. → Read More

Try this shortcut for making pineapple upside-down cake with summer vibes

A tube of almond paste adds dimension and texture to an updated pineapple upside-down cake that comes alive with precut fruit from the deli counter. → Read More

Summertime Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe

Almond paste adds moisture and flavor to a dense cake that bakes atop a layer of fragrant cut pineapple, from a deli container for extra convenience. → Read More

Recipes that travel for an easy Fourth of July picnic

Creamy potato salads, mac ’n' cheese, green salads and cold pies that travel well to parks or backyards to support the main grilling players for the Fourth of July. → Read More

Veggie burger recipes to kick off grilling season

Burgers made with shredded cabbage and sweet potatoes, chickpeas and spinach, or black beans and mushrooms show the versatility of veggie burgers for grilling. → Read More

How to grill veggie burgers that celebrate real vegetables

Veggie burgers make a comeback in Lukas Volger's 'Veggie Burgers Every Which Way' and highlight how real vegetables can be exciting for summer grilling. → Read More

Hearty bakes and stews for a gloomy, cool start to summer

Chicken potpie, baked beans, chickpea stew with watercress, and an intensely aromatic rice dish offer plenty of summer-appropriate comfort. → Read More

Recipes for testing out your love — or hate — for saffron

Saffron adds its heady, distinct fragrance and golden hue to several dishes, savory and sweet, like rice, cream sauce for seafood and a moist sponge cake. → Read More

This summery chicken potpie is the antidote for June gloom

Packed with herbs and sautéed greens and perked up with Dijon mustard and lemon, this lighter chicken potpie is just the dish for cool nights in June. → Read More

Abundant Chicken Potpie Recipe

Packed with more vegetables than most classic recipes, this summery-feeling chicken potpie is bright with herbs, Swiss chard and Dijon mustard. → Read More

Crab recipes to switch up weekday meals

The often-overlooked, pre-picked, jumbo lump crab meat that shines in sandwiches, salads and fried cakes is great for shaking up meals at this time of year. → Read More

L.A. meets New Orleans when you put some zing in this springtime crab salad sandwich

Inspired by the sandwiches of both Galatoire's and Bub & Grandma's, this tangle of crab meat on a warm buttered brioche bun has a bright, lemony vinaigrette, with pops of crunch and pickle-y punch from sugar snap peas and gherkins. → Read More

Spring Crab Sandwich Recipe

A tart vinaigrette and plenty of crunchy fresh and pickled vegetables brighten rich crab in this springtime sandwich. → Read More

Simple red-sauce recipes for Italian weeknight cooking

Sheet-pan sausages, a creamy tomato pasta and easy garlic bread bring an Italian red-sauce joint to your dining room table. → Read More