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What the stars will be eating at the 2014 Emmy Awards Governors Ball

Being a TV celebrity has its perks, but when it's time for the Emmys, getting to share a three-course meal with your fellow stars at the annual Emmy Awards Governors Ball has to be pretty high on the list.  We're only guessing here, but filet mignon must taste better with "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston at the next table.

So what does it take to feed a room full of the biggest stars on TV? 205 cooks, 45 bartenders, 1,500 pounds of filet mignon, 3,800 potatoes, 500 pounds of heirloom tomatoes, 3,800 champagne flutes, 5,000 wine glasses, 5,940 bottles of wine and more. 

For the 19th year, Patina Catering will prepare the food for the post-awards bash. This year, under the direction of Joachim Splichal, Patina culinary team leader Alec Lestr and Greg Wiele created a three-course meal highlighting seasonal vegetables with a twist on the classic meat and potatoes.

To start is a grilled peach and heirloom tomato salad with Little Gem lettuce, candy striped figs, burrata, honey Vidalia...

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Trader Joe's, Whole Foods nut butters recalled for risk of salmonella

Some almond butters sold at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods stores are being recalled due to possible contamination with salmonella. The almond butters are part of a larger nut butter recall also involving peanut butters, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

NSpired Natural Foods Inc. issued the voluntary recall of some of its private-label nut butters made for Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, along with Arrowhead Mills peanut butters and MaraNatha almond butters packaged in glass and plastic jars. Some varieties of Kroger and Safeway nut butters have also been recalled.  

The affected products were distributed to stores in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates and the Dominican Republic, and were available for purchase online. 

The salmonella risk was discovered during routine testing by the FDA. NSpired has received reports of four illnesses that may be connected to the nut butters, the company said in a release. 

The affected Trader Joe's products include...

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Nancy Silverton leads all-star chefs for 'Field to Fork' at the Taste

One of the bonafide highlights of this year's Los Angeles Times food festival The Taste will be "Field to Fork" on Saturday, Aug. 30, hosted by this year's winner of the Outstanding Chef award from the James Beard Foundation, Nancy Silverton of the Mozza Group, and Times food editor Russ Parsons.

The two will be featuring cooking with your farmers market finds and the incredible bounty of ingredients available to Los Angeles chefs. To that end, they've invited a panel of chefs to participate in the discussion, namely Josiah Citrin of Mélisse in Santa Monica, pastry chef Roxana Jullapat of Cooks County in Los Angeles, jam queen Jessica Koslow of Sqirl in Silverlake, and mixologist Vincenzo Marianella of Copa d'Oro in Santa Monica.

Chefs Bruce Kalman of Union in Pasadena, C.J. Jacobson of Girasol in Studio City, and Tal Ronnen of Crossroads in Los Angeles will be doing cooking demonstrations throughout the afternoon.

Among the restaurants serving food will be Loteria Grill, Akasha,...

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Free Blaze pizza, Haché LA opens in Silver Lake, Crossroads brunch

Peter Koral, founder of 7 For All Mankind premium denim company, is opening a Blaze Pizza in South Gate today. To celebrate, the restaurant will offer free build-your-own pizzas on Friday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For a free pizza, just follow Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. If the line gets too long, the restaurant promises to hand out pizza passes good for a free pie at a later date. 4809 Firestone Blvd., South Gate, www.blazepizza.com/.

Haché LA, a new steak haché sandwich shop by Michael "Mick" Schepers will open in Silver Lake on Thursday. Schepers is doing classic French steak haché, which means he's mincing 100% USDA Angus Sirloin steak and forming it into a patty before seasoning. Schepers' most famous sandwich, served at his Karma Burger in Irvine, is a version of the classic American cheeseburger made with steak haché, American cheese, house sauce, lettuce, tomato and red onion on a bun. The restaurant is having a soft opening party Thursday from 3 p.m. to 11...

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Easy dinner recipes: Peruvian ceviche and more tempting salmon ideas

Love salmon? Tempting Peruvian ceviche, chipotle roasted salmon and salmon burgers come together in minutes, perfect for dinner tonight!

Marinitas' Peruvian ceviche: Simple to make, this dish packs a medley of bright and spicy flavors, a refreshing choice that comes together in only 30 minutes, plus chilling time.

Chipotle roasted salmon: Salmon quickly picks up the flavors of this chipotle marinade, the fiery chiles married with tequila, a touch of sesame, and fresh notes of garlic, cilantro and green onion. Simply spoon the marinade over the fish and let it sit while the oven heats up, then roast for 12 to 15 minutes until done.

Salmon burgers: These salmon burgers incorporate a touch of lemon juice and chopped capers for fresh, bright flavor. Basix Cafe in West Hollywood serves the burgers on brioche buns with coleslaw and a little tartar sauce. You can find the recipe below.


Total time: 30 minutes | Serves 4

Note: Adapted from Basix Cafe in West Hollywood. It serves...

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October is coming: Do you know what your fest beer will be?

While there’s still some time before the Oktoberfest parties begin, the namesake beers are already landing on store shelves. Here’s what you need to know about autumn’s most iconic beer style.

While there have been a variety of different types of beer brewed for the official Munich Oktoberfest throughout the festival’s 200 years, the beers made by American craft brewers and labeled as Oktoberfest are commonly variations of the märzenbier style.

Meaning “March beer” in German, the märzen is an amber-colored lager that balances caramel malt sweetness with a zippy noble hop bitterness. The brews usually have a hefty body but a clean finish that keeps them easy-drinking. The style is so named as it was historically the last beer made during the German brewing season that ended in March -- before the warm summer months made it difficult to control fermenting beer. The March beers were formulated to use up the last of the year’s crop of hops and malt, and the results were rich and robust....

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First look: Elevated bar food at Brilliantshine in Santa Monica

Brilliantshine, the highly anticipated bar and restaurant by Julian Cox and Josh Goldman, is now open in Santa Monica. Both Cox and Goldman are well known in the local wine and cocktail scene, managing several bar programs, including Acabar and Belcampo, with their Soigné consulting group.

Goldman (a trained sommelier) previously worked at Bastide, Church & State and ink restaurant (to name a few), while Cox was recently named one of the “Top 10 Mixologists of the Last 10 Years” by Food and Wine magazine.

Located in the former Renee’s Courtyard location on Wilshire Boulevard, the eclectic building (a converted house with several rooms) offers a quirky take on a “coastal saloon.” The unusual name of the bar, Brilliantshine, was a bona fide flea-market find by the owners. Goldman and Cox purchased the large, metal sign after multiple visits and much negotiating at the twice-monthly Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market. It now hangs high behind Edison lights in the courtyard near the main...

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Quest to save the 60-year-old Cindy's diner sign in Eagle Rock

The green and white Cindy's diner sign has been a fixture on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock for the last 60 years. But the Googie-style sign is deteriorating, and the diner's new owners, Monique King and Paul Rosenbluh, are hoping the public will want to help save the sign.  

King and Rosenbluh, who own Firefly restaurant in South Pasadena, took over the diner in January and reopened its doors in April. They've kept the original booths, wallpaper and countertops inside, from when the diner opened in 1948, but King says the sign outside is crucial to maintaining the integrity of the mid-century landmark. 

"We felt like the luckiest people in the whole universe when we got it," King said. "It’s a beautiful sign, it’s vintage, original and there is just something so important about preserving it and taking it away from being just a big pigeon roost." 

King and Rosenbluh started a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $16,250 they say is needed to restore the sign. The two are hoping to fix...

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West Coast waters still safe from radioactivity, but testing continues

Remember all those headlines after the Fukushima reactor disaster in 2011? “The Coast Is Toast.” “Holy Fukushima – Radiation From Japan Is Already Killing North Americans.” “28 Signs That the West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima.”

Well, so far we all still seem to be doing just fine, and actually some good has come from all of that fear-mongering.

Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and director of WHOI’s Center for Marine and Environmental Radioactivity, has turned that citizen concern into a nifty bit of fundraising, crowd-sourcing the testing of coastal waters from Alaska to La Jolla.

To date, more than 30 sampling sites have been launched via the website Our Radioactive Ocean. The organization has raised funds from groups as diverse as a junior high science class in Santa Barbara and a group of surfers in Santa Cruz.

The testing not only measures levels of radiation from the Fukushima disaster, but it...

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A chocolate toilet? A $133,000 bathroom suite made out of Belgian chocolate

Thinking of remodeling your bathroom? Maybe you're looking into a new pedestal sink or a mirrored cabinet. How would you feel about installing a bathtub made of 8 million calories worth of 100% Belgian chocolate?

Bathrooms.com, a bathroom furniture retail site, and U.K.-based chocolatiers Choccywoccydoodah have gotten together to create a bathroom furnished with Belgian chocolate. The set is being advertised on Bathroomsweets.com, a site Bathrooms.com Chief Executive Ian Monk decided to create after seeing people frequently mispell suite as sweet. 

"We realized that over a million British people searching for new bathrooms were popping 'bathroom sweets,' rather than 'bathroom suites' into their preferred search engines," said Monk in a statement on Bathroomsweets.com. "The simple mistake caught our imagination, what if we created a bathroom suite, out of something sweet?"

The Maderno Sweet bathroom set includes a 210,000-calorie chocolate bidet, a 210,000-calorie chocolate sink, an 8...

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Catalog your cookbooks on Eat Your Books and find every recipe every time

After spending an hour and half on my knees, sorting through stacks of cookbooks, looking for a recipe I knew must be somewhere, in some book--if I could only remember the name -- I was beside myself.  I opened boxes. I tramped out to the garage to peruse my rarely used stash. I searched next to the bed, in the living room, all over the house, and never did turn up the recipe I was looking for.

Fast forward to yesterday when I decided to go to a site I'd discovered weeks before, but never really examined closely. It's called  Eat Your Books and is billed as a search engine for your cookbooks. 

Sounds too easy: add titles of cookbooks to your “library” and you can search for recipes in any of the books therein. You get to add up to five books for free, which would be fine if that’s all I had. Then again if I only had five cookbooks, I wouldn’t need this site at all.

But after inputting five books and running a quick search, I quickly saw how easy and useful having all of my considerable...

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Easy dinner recipes: Three great pasta ideas for Gluten-free Wednesday

So what if it's Gluten-Free Wednesday! If you're like so many who crave pasta but need to stay away from wheat, fret no more. Enjoy with these tempting pasta ideas:

Cashew cream fettuccine Alfredo: With its rich flavor, you might not guess this dish is both gluten-free and vegan. Rice fettuccine is tossed with sauteed spinach and a rich cashew cream sauce, then garnished with delicate (vegan) parmesan crisps, making for a dramatic presentation.

Rice noodles with Chinese chives, shrimp and pork: Larger than their Western counterparts, Chinese chives lend a fresh yet delicate garlic flavor to Asian rice noodles with their full, flat leaves. In this quick recipe, the chives are cooked along with shrimp, pork and flat rice noodles, making for a lightly sweet dish, brightened with a squeeze of fresh lime at the end. You can find Chinese chives and noodles at Chinese and Southeast Asian markets.

Rice noodle bowl with stir-fried beef: You can't go wrong here when you're craving a great noodle...

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