| May 31, 2012
As I exited Balena a week or so ago, a passing stranger stopped me.
"Good restaurant?" he asked, jerking his head toward the door. I nodded enthusiastically.
"Great pizzas," I said.
And in that split-second, I fear I gave Balena, which opened two...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 3:31 PM
He's best known for his roles on Broadway and of course on TV, but actor Bryan Batt is also a gifted interior designer. At his shop Hazelnut, Bryan has some great ideas for setting the perfect tablescape for your next party!
"Wherever you get your...
| Aug 12, 2012
| 2:45 PM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — What does the third-best beer bar in the world look like? It looks like a lot of other bars.
HopCat, stationed on a corner in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., has a long, curving wood bar packed with drinkers, beer placards on...
| Feb 10, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. — Is it possible for an Angeleno to leave home and find love in a region where sunshine is merely a rumor and 50 shades of gray are a daily atmospheric reality?
It's helpful if the pursuit of that bliss involves a white-hot...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 6:45 AM
Forget the simple quiche, fruit salad and cheese Danish that once fueled home-cooked Sunday brunches. Nobody cooks anymore. Too few of us entertain.
That's too bad, because I like nothing more than starting off the week with a Bloody Mary, good...
| Jan 18, 2013
What's not to like about a restaurant that requires you to ride an elevator to a rooftop dining room?
There we were, in the lobby of the Miami Culinary Institute in downtown Miami, where a charming woman corralled us into a car and set us on our way...
| Dec 7, 2012
Especially during holidays, plan your parties to keep prep work minimal but the presentation impressive.
Plan menu with mix of make-ahead and fresh prep recipes
Instead of a full bar, which...
| May 5, 2011
| 9:09 AM
Total time: 1½ hours plus cooling time for the cake
Servings: 12 to 16
Note: This recipe calls for a 10-inch angel food cake pan (preferably a pan with a removable insert).
Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any...
| May 6, 2010
Tips for better biscotti baking
— If the dough is too sticky to work with, chill it in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
— Wetting your hands makes it easier to form the dough logs.
— After the first baking, let the logs cool...
| Apr 28, 2011
NOTE: Master Class columns are intended for ambitious home cooks, and some of the recipes may call for special ingredients or equipment. When that is the case, we will provide an alternative method for the main element of the dish so it can be prepared...
| Apr 14, 2011
I've always loved Passover, ever since I was a little girl. Long before I understood it as the Festival of Freedom that celebrates the ancient Israelites' exodus from slavery in Egypt, to me it was the holiday of difference. Indeed, it was — and...
| Apr 14, 2011
Fresh asparagus with hazelnuts and seasoned currants
Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8
Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any other recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, we would like to know about it so...