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With the start of Ramadan this week, writers Faye and Yakir Levy share a great story on breaking the fast:

Ramadan is a holiday observed by fasting, but when it's time to eat, the meals can be feasts.

No food or drink is allowed from dawn to dusk during the annual monthlong Muslim period of fasting, which began this year on the evening of July 19. Because of the way the Muslim lunar calendar is structured, Ramadan can take place in different seasons; this year it occurs in midsummer. So serving a variety of cool vegetable spreads is perfect.

The two daily meals of Ramadan are iftar, the break-the-fast meal served after sunset, and suhoor, the early morning meal that, according to the Sunna, a Muslim sacred text, is important to eat just before dawn.

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Photo: Ramadan recipe for spinach, yellow squash and grilled red pepper dip with yogurt. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

This week's Culinary SOS: Nopa's goat cheese bread pudding

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This week's Culinary SOS request comes from Margaret Briggs in Altadena:

I'd love to get the recipe for goat cheese bread pudding from Nopa in San Francisco. It’s the best one I've had, and I'm eager to try to duplicate it.

Nopa’s savory take on this classic comfort food is wonderfully rich yet amazingly light in texture, the bread cubes breaking down into a luxuriously soft pudding. Served alongside a simple salad, it makes the perfect meal.

Thanks, Margaret! You can find the recipe here.

Click here for more Culinary SOS recipes. If you have a favorite restaurant recipe you'd like to request, feel free to email me at noelle.carter@latimes.com. I'll do my best to track it down.

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Photo: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

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Dinner tonight! Yakitori

YakitoririchardhartogCan't quite decide what to fix for dinner tonight? Thinking about what to cook for the gang over the weekend? With yakitori, your options are seemingly endless.

Food editor Russ Parsons did a great piece on yakitori a few years back, and it's a perfect, laid-back approach to a meal, whether you're serving a backyard full of guests, or just the family.

Check out his recipe for chicken thighs with yakitori sauce below, and check out all the other options. Great ideas when you want your dinner fast and fun!

For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here. Food editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less.

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Photo credit: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times

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Happy National Lollipop Day

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Happy National Lollipop Day! To celebrate the quintessential candy on a stick, we've pulled some favorite lollipops from our recipe archives, including the homemade root beer and vanilla lollipops above. You can find the recipes below.

SeeslollipopsALSO, FREE LOLLIPOPS: See’s Candies is celebrating the holiday by giving away a free gourmet lollipop to customers at more than 200 retail locations across the U.S., including signature chocolate, vanilla, café latte and butterscotch flavors. Lollipop lovers can also enter See's Candies' National Lollipop Day sweepstakes for a chance at prizes including a behind-the-scenes tour of See's lollipop factory in Burlingame, Calif. The candy store will also attempt to break a Guinness World Record by creating the world’s largest lollipop. Weighing in at 7,000 pounds, it will be on display to the public in San Francisco in honor of National Lollipop Day. 

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Photos: Root beer and vanilla lollipops (at top). Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times. See's Candies lollipops (at right). Credit: See's Candies.

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Dinner tonight! Skirt steak carpaccio with raw asparagus and fava salad

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For a refreshing -- and quick -- answer to dinner tonight, try this steak carpaccio recipe from Travis Lett of Gjelina. Sear a good piece of seasoned skirt steak, then slice into thin strips. Pound the strips so they're nice and thin, and serve with a simple salad of shaved asparagus and fresh beans dressed with a little lemon juice and olive oil, and a sprinkling of sea salt and pepper. You can make it in about 40 minutes.

For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here. Food editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less.

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Photo credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

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Eat Beat: Artichoke hearts with harissa salad

In this Eat Beat, I demonstrate a simple, savory artichoke salad with cubed potatoes and which gets a nice touch of heat from added harissa paste (a Tunisian paste made with chiles, garlic, spices including cumin and caraway, and olive oil). The dish, which takes less than an hour to prepare, can easily be made ahead of time for later serving.

Catch our televised recipe demonstrations on KTLA-TV, Channel 5 weekly toward the end of the 1 p.m. news hour; you can also watch the videos on Food's homepage.

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Dinner tonight! Prosciutto-wrapped halibut with grape tomato salad

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Because lean halibut dries out so quickly and can be sticky on the grill, wrap meaty fillets in a sheet of prosciutto for moist richness and flavor, and to make them easy to manage over a hot grill. The fish cooks up in almost no time -- 4 to 5 minutes on each side, just until the prosciutto is lightly crisped. Throw some soaked mesquite wood chips over the fire before grilling for a little added aroma and sweet flavor. Served alongside a simple cherry tomato salad, it makes a perfect dinner.

For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here. Food editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less.

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Dinner tonight! Green papaya salad with shrimp

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Perfect for the summer season, this Vietnamese salad combines fresh papaya or mango tossed with a bright dressing of lime juice, garlic, sugar and chopped Thai chile. Top the salad with fresh grilled shrimp, peanuts and a sprinkling of fresh herbs. The whole dish comes together in less than 45 minutes.

For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here. Food editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less.

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-- Noelle Carter
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Photo credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

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Twitter #Weekendeats highlights: It's a pasta party

PastasOne dish emerged a clear favorite during this morning's #weekendeats chat on Twitter: Pasta. It seemed people couldn't get enough of the al dente golden noodles and all their glory. Here are some of the highlights from today's carb-filled chat:

The pasta party started with a recipe for ground lamb with whole wheat pasta shells, broccoli rabe, fresh tomatoes and mozzarella from the blog Mango & Tomato. Hester from the blog The Chef Doc joined in with her recipe for Mediterranean orzo salad with plum tomatoes, fresh basil and feta cheese.

Lisa from the blog The Cooking Bride brought shrimp to the party with what she calls "Pantry Pasta Take Two" with a recipe for grilled shrimp with cherry tomatoes on linguine, and the blog Deliciously Directionless provided a recipe for spaghetti alla Puttanesca and a topic for a provacative conversation regarding where the name "Puttanesca" came from.

Michelle Jenkins of the blog Dailywaffle.com noticed the ongoing pasta trend and shared a photo of spaghetti cartoccio (served in parchment paper) with octopus, tomato and capers from Cafe Juanita in Kirkland WA.

All this noodle talk has me in the mood for pasta. For more recipes, check out these picks from the LA Times Test Kitchen:

Tagliolinei al limone

Pasta with fresh tomatoe sauce

Tom Colicchio's gnocchi

Lasagna Alla Pina

After the chat, we ask people to upload pictures of their #weekendeats to our What did you eat this weekend? photo gallery. We'll feature some of the photos here on Daily Dish, so be sure to check back for more #weekendeats and #foodporn throughout the week.

Hope to see everyone next Monday morning on Twitter! It's sure to be a drool-worthy good time.

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Photos, from left: Whole wheat pasta shells and ground lamb / Mango and Tomato; Puttanesca / Deliciously Directionless; Mediterranean orzo salad / The Chef Doc.

This week's Culinary SOS: Lawry's Carvery's macaroni and cheese

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This week's Culinary SOS request comes from Arlene Rebuyon in Rancho Santa Margarita:

 I have been to Lawry's Carvery many times. I wish I knew how to make their baked macaroni and cheese. I hope you can acquire this recipe. They have many of their recipes on the website, but the mac 'n' cheese is not on it.

Lawry's was happy to share its take on this classic comfort food. This makes a lot of mac 'n' cheese, so it's perfect for a summertime get-together.

Thanks, Arlene! You can find the recipe here.

Click here for more Culinary SOS recipes. If you have a favorite restaurant recipe you'd like to request, feel free to email me at noelle.carter@latimes.com. I'll do my best to track it down.

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Mac 'n' cheese recipes galore!

Go behind the scenes at the Test Kitchen

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-- Noelle Carter
You can find me on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

Photo: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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