| Dec 2, 2013
| 4:04 PM
On Sunday, the fifth night of Hanukkah, U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) joined a local rabbi in lighting a nearly 7-foot Jerusalem stone menorah at Fashion Island.
With Thanksgiving and the Festival of Lights falling on the same long weekend,...
| Dec 3, 2013
This year, instead of putting out another tired pot of poinsettias and fake ferns, why not go with something living instead? In fact, winter is a time when many flowers are at their peak, making them a terrific option for holiday decorating.
| Nov 26, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Many TV shows this year are carrying on in the long tradition of having special episodes dedicated to the holiday season. Here is a rundown of when to watch first-run and repeat holiday TV episodes of your favorite series this year. All times are Eastern;...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 6:02 AM
For many, the first week of December signals the first full week of heavy-duty holiday shopping. For others, it signals the beginning of Advent. This year, those of the Jewish faith are celebrating Hanukkah as well. So this week we’re taking a...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 10:33 AM
Love 'em or hate 'em, there's no avoiding the holidays, and that's true on local stages as well as the shopping malls. But even the Scroogiest of souls could find something to celebrate in the gifts of theater, dance, and music offered up this season by...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 4:00 AM
Why stop at "Made in the USA" when you could have "Made in Maryland"?
A group that advocates for local manufacturers is hoping that folks shopping for Christmas, Hanukkah or other upcoming holidays will opt for gifts with that distinction. The Regional...
| Sep 22, 2012
America, you might not know it, but you are facing a big decision. And we're not talking politics.
You need to decide whether you are going to wake up on Jan. 1 hung over and depressed over the weight you gained as Halloween candy corn turned into too...
| Dec 22, 2012
What am I cooking for Christmas dinner? Well a goose, of course, a fine, fat one, cooked in the Barbara Kafka way that involves high heat and an hour of resting in the cooling oven; and my mom's sweet-and-sour red cabbage; and blanched Brussels sprouts...
| Dec 8, 2012
As a child in Hebrew school, I was taught the story of the Hanukkah miracle: When the Jews in the land of Israel defeated the foreigners, the priests seeking to rekindle the temple's eternal light found enough ritually pure oil for only one day....
| Dec 8, 2012
Hanukkah kubanah with fig jam (pull-apart Middle Eastern bread)
Total time: 5 hours, plus about 2 hours rising time
1 envelope active dry yeast (¼ ounce or 2¼ teaspoons)
1/3 cup lukewarm water (about 110 degrees)
2 tablespoons sugar,...
| Nov 22, 2012
It is Thanksgiving morning. As you read this, the bird, a fine 16-pounder, is coming to room temperature on the counter. The green beans have been topped and tailed, and my fingertips smart from peeling smoking-hot chestnuts for the stuffing. I've...