| Dec 13, 2011
| 12:25 PM
As a last-minute shopper who hates to shop, getting in the holiday spirit isn't easy. An inspiring environment is essential. At the Westport Winter Farmers Market at Gilberties Herb Garden (Thursdays 10 a.m. to noon), I found it. The evocative fresh scent...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 9:53 AM
Santa Claus made a special trip to Descanso Gardens last weekend especially to enjoy breakfast with children and their family members.
The Patina Restaurant Group, Descanso Gardens’ catering partner, prepared a brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday...
| Dec 15, 2011
"This recipe is kind of a mash-up between my mom and me. My mom makes dulce de leche every year, the real stuff, you cook it forever and reduce it down. It's a candy that's really popular in Mexico. And I just thought, what if I didn't cook it quite as...
| Dec 28, 2011
Total time: 40 minutes, plus chilling and cooling time
Servings: About 5 dozen cookies
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking or instant)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla...
| Jan 5, 2012
The best meals of the year aren't necessarily about foie gras and truffles, or indulgent tasting menus, or even the technically best cooking of 2011. They're those dinners that surprised and delighted, that wove food and wine and friendship together in...
| Jan 5, 2012
| 12:55 PM
Been pondering this year's Girl Scouts cookie buy? You know, the annual: Should it be two boxes of chocolatey Thin Mints or one each shortbread Trefoils and those peanut-butter sandwich things. Well, guess what? There’s a new sweet in town.
| Jan 6, 2012
| 7:21 AM
A new Girl Scout Cookie flavor will debut this year for the 100th anniversary, but it won't be available in Central California.
It's called Savannah Smiles and is lemon flavored.
There are currently eight cookies available in the Central Valley: Thanks-...
| Jan 13, 2012
| 8:05 AM
When it comes to 4 Rivers Smokehouse, I am a burnt-end sandwich ($6.99) girl with baked cheese grits and corn bread salad on the side. Or smoked jalepenos. Or green beans. Or fried pickles. Well, you get the idea. Add a self-serve unsweet iced tea and...
| Jan 19, 2012
When I spent some months in Venice, Italy, years ago, my friend Paolo would show up at dinner parties with prosciutto. I'm not talking about a paper packet of sliced ham but a whole prosciutto di San Daniele, the famous ham from Friuli, cured with the...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 1:07 AM
The Girl Scouts changes a man. It changes his family, what he’s willing to do, how far he’s willing to sink to the depths of human depravity.
And it’s all about the cookies.
I didn’t want to get involved with the Girl Scout...
| Mar 4, 2012
| 12:30 PM
I've never been one for flowers. I don't want to smell like them, don't want to receive them, don't even want to take care of them. But leave it to Pazo in Harbor East to make me want to drink them.
The Blue Velvet is the stylish restaurant's standout...