| Dec 18, 2012
| 9:54 PM
All that dashing and dancing in the kitchen adds up to a lot of time around the holidays. Anything you can do ahead is bound to help.
That may be enough motivation to make cookie doughs in advance and stash them in the refrigerator, ready to bake....
| Dec 13, 2012
At one point of a dinner at Elizabeth restaurant, I was served a dark and rich maitake-mushroom tea (really a clarified broth) while a pure-white device on the table played Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit." Which made me think that chef/owner Iliana...
| Dec 15, 2012
I just moved to Los Angeles this past summer, leaving family, friends and a wonderful group of food bloggers in Minneapolis. This will be my first sunny Southern California Christmas, and I know I will make these bar cookies and remember the loving...
| Dec 15, 2012
I adapted my favorite shortbread recipe to honor one of my guests who wrote the children's picture book "Under the Lemon Moon." I used round and star-shaped cookie cutters to make this rich, über-lemony cookie.
— Carol Eblen, Encinitas
| Dec 17, 2012
| 10:03 AM
The tree is up, the lights are strung and the hall is decked.
Now it's time to kick back and relax with good company and good wine. If paired well, wine can add another dimension to a holiday meal by complementing each dish's flavor.
| Nov 29, 2012
Can a restaurant be a hidden gem if everybody knows about it?
A road-less-traveled location and understated-to-a-fault exterior haven't prevented 6-week-old La Sirena Clandestina (which means "the hidden mermaid") from pulling in crowds to its Market...
| Nov 28, 2012
We like a good baking-cookies-with-grandma story as much as the next guy. But it was a breakup story that won our hearts this holiday season.
Victoria Weisenberg, of Northbrook, wrote us with a tale of wooing "a very special man" with a Hanukkah gift...
| Nov 11, 2012
Storm prep calls for action: Lug in the herbs, latch the windows, charge the phone. It calls for supplies: candles, batteries, butter and eggs. It calls for bright fire, cold cookie dough, Monopoly.
During the first hours hunched over the board, while...
| Oct 31, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Halloween Restaurant Specials: Ray's and Stark Bar, Locanda del Lago, Farmshop...
| Jan 5, 2012
| 4:23 PM
The Girl Scouts are celebrating the100th anniversary of the youth organization for girls with a new cookie called Savannah Smiles but local cookie junkies will miss out on trying the new flavor. The cookie created to honor the Georgia birthplace of Girl...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 4:46 PM
Food is always at the forefront when our family gathers, even more so when there’s a wedding involved. From the bride (my wonderful sister Bonnie) and her groom George's signature welcome cocktail — an Atlantico Platino orange mojito that...