| Feb 16, 2012
| 11:05 AM
As Salvatore Romano, the closeted art director at the turbulent Sterling Cooper ad agency in the TV series "Mad Men," Bryan Batt struck out — his character, cruelly compromised by a client, was fired partway through the third season of the much-...
| 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...
| Apr 24, 2012
| 2:41 PM
People love cupcakes, so it shouldn't have been a surprise that this year's Herald-Mail Cupcake Contest exceeded the contest's splashy debut last year.
But with 32 entries and a rainbow of decorations, colors and flavors, judges spent a challenging two...
| Dec 1, 2012
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Jessica Koslow makes jams, marmalades, chutneys and fruit...
| 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 6, 2010
Cantucci — Biscotti di Prato
Total time: About 1 hour, plus cooling times
Servings: Makes about 5 dozen cookies
Note: Adapted from "Flavors of Tuscany" by Nancy Harmon Jenkins. Pastry flour is available at select well-stocked supermarkets, as...
| Sep 10, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Each Friday we post a recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen that's perfect for weekend cooking, when you have more time on your hands. This week, it's Pear cobbler with hazelnut biscuits. It takes a time commitment, but much......
| Sep 15, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Tonight may be the finale to name America's best home chef -- the first-ever American "MasterChef." But this brand isn't going anywhere. A second season of the hit Fox show is already in the works. There's a new companion cookbook......
| Dec 3, 2010
| 4:32 PM
In my ongoing quest to bring you the very best in drinking news, I have once again thrown my liver on the sword to taste a variety of yummy cocktails in search of the perfect holiday concoction. Fortunately for me,......
| Dec 3, 2010
| 4:34 PM
As the weather turns cool, nothing beats relaxing by the fire with a rich ale. Here are three of our favorites for wintertime drinking. Allagash Brewing Curieux When people reach for a wintertime ale, they tend to think of the dark stuff, like stout or...