A bunny cake for Easter: A hopping good way to delight your guests

A bunny cake for Easter: A hopping good way to delight your guests

The new cookbook "Surprise-Inside Cakes" should come with a big fat warning: "Will cause an uncontrollable urge to run into the kitchen and get baking."

Author Amanda Rettke -- known is the blogosphere as I Am Baker -- has carved out a niche for herself making cakes that are as intriguing on the inside as they are on the outside.

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Pine & Crane for when you crave beef rolls and 'three cup chicken' in Silver Lake

Pine & Crane for when you crave beef rolls and 'three cup chicken' in Silver Lake

Name of restaurant: Pine & Crane Noodle Co.

Chef: Chef-owner Vivian Ku and "old school" Taiwanese chef Allan Lai.

What dish represents the restaurant and why? "Three cup chicken" (sanbeiji). It's a chicken dish that's a specialty of Ningdu in the southern Chinese province of Jiangxi, whose name comes from a traditional recipe that called for a cup each of soy sauce, rice wine and sesame oil. But it's so popular in Taiwan that there's a saying: "A restaurant that can't cook sanbeijiisn't a true Taiwanese restaurant." Here it's Jidori chicken, served heaped in a small pot, sticky with the...

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Easy dinner recipes: Stir-fried shrimp, beef or chicken in an hour or less

Easy dinner recipes: Stir-fried shrimp, beef or chicken in an hour or less

When I'm looking for a fast dinner solution, I often turn to the wok. Food cooks so quickly over the high heat, flavors building as each ingredient is tossed in with the mix. Check out these quick ideas using shrimp, chicken and beef.

Yang Chow slippery shrimp: This slightly sweet, slightly spicy shrimp dish was introduced at the original Yang Chow, which opened in Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles in 1977. Start to finish, it's ready in only 25 minutes.

Ginger soy chicken wings: These Asian-inspired chicken wings are a tempting take on the classic finger food. The crunchy wings are deep-fried...

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Bricia Lopez, co-owner of Guelaguetza, hosts a tasting of rare small-production mezcals with a Oaxacan meal on April 23 at the restaurant.

Eat and learn: Two tastings and dinners focused on mezcal, tequila

Want to learn more about mezcal and tequila? There are two events coming up that will help you get started.

On April 23, Bricia Lopez is hosting a special tasting seminar called “El Lenguaje del Mezcal” at Guelaguetza in Los Angeles. Erick Rodriguez, an expert on mezcal history and production, will be discussing the making of the seven rare mezcals that are part of Wahaka Mezcal and its sister non-profit Fundación Agaves Silvestres' “Vino de Mezcal" collection.  The profits from these rare mezcals, which can cost hundreds of dollars a bottle, go to save wild agaves. And when...

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Fried chicken replaces bread in the KFC Double Down.

KFC will bring back its Double Down fried chicken bun sandwich

Remember the KFC Double Down sandwich? It was a bacon, Swiss and pepper jack cheese sandwich with two fried chicken fillet buns. Yes, instead of bread, there was direct fried-chicken-to-hand contact. 

The breadless sandwich was on the menu for a limited time in 2010, but the chicken chain is bringing it back for a limited time again, April 21, reported USA Today

This massive sandwich contains 540 calories, 32 grams of fat, 150 milligrams of cholesterol and 1,380 milligrams of sodium. If you opt for the grilled chicken version, it comes in at 460 calories, 23 grams of fat and 1,430 milligrams...

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Homemade 'peeps' and more! 9 kid-friendly recipes for Easter

Homemade 'peeps' and more! 9 kid-friendly recipes for Easter

Chocolate-covered eggs! Marshmallow daisies! Pastel mints! Homemade "peeps"! We've compiled nine recipes to help you and the kids celebrate Easter and all things spring in the kitchen.

We include a variety of treats that make great projects in the kitchen for kids of all ages -- whether you're looking to enlist little ones to help shape and decorate treats, are looking for a recipe you can work on together, or have kids who can tackle a project independently from start to finish.

RECIPES: 9 kid-friendly treat recipes for Easter and Spring!

Check out the video above for a quick demonstration on...

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The simple art of hard-boiling eggs, with a heaping side of geekery

How do you cook a perfect hard-boiled egg? It’s really quite simple, thanks to a neat little bit of kitchen physics.

  • Arrange the eggs in a single layer in the bottom of a pan and cover completely with room-temperature water.
  • Set on high heat, and when the water just begins to boil, cook for 1 minute.
  • Turn off the heat and let the eggs stand in the pot for 12 minutes.
  • If you’re going to use them right away, drain the eggs, shake them in the pan to crack the shells and plunge them into an ice-water bath to cool for a few minutes. If you’re going to store them, plunge them into...
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Santa Barbara Public Market opened this week, offering artisanal products such as fresh pasta, local olive oils and more.

Santa Barbara Public Market opens to big crowds

At the corner of West Victoria and Chapala streets, the Santa Barbara Public Market opened its doors over the weekend. The already bustling market was filled with locals shopping for organic produce, cheese, meats and baked goods, while others were waiting until the Pasta Shoppe and Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar were fired up and ready to start serving lunch.

Inside the certified green building, shoppers browsed the diminutive egg cartons filled with tiny chocolate blackberry syrah cupcakes at Enjoy Cupcakes, giant tomahawk chops at Belcampo Meat Co. and rows of fusti filled with California...

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The new Specialty Chicken dish from Dominos. It's fried chicken nuggets with sauce, toppings and cheese.

Dominos launches fried-chicken-nugget pizzas

Dominos may be bored with simple pizza crust. The fast-food chain is taking the whole sauce, cheese and toppings on dough idea and turning it on its head, with a new line of fried-chicken-nugget pizzas. 

It's calling the fried chicken/pizza hybrid Specialty Chicken and describing it on the Dominos website as "our boneless chicken covered in toppings, sauce and cheeses."  We're thinking fried-chicken-nugget pizza sounds more appropriate. 

The new Specialty Chicken is basically 12 chicken nuggets, clumped together in a crust-like row, then smothered in sauce and cheese. It's half pizza, half...

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Manuel Benitez works in the packaging area at Huy Fong Foods' Sriracha factory in Irwindale.

Sriracha factory could be headed out of Irwindale

The Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory, makers of the popular hot sauce with the rooster on the label, may be ready for a big move. 

Amid its current legal woes with the city of Irwindale, which voted last week to declare the factory a public nuisance, Huy Fong Foods owner David Tran says he's considering moving the business to another city, reported The Times' Frank Shyong.  

According to Shyong, Tran has expressed a desire to stay put, but took people from 10 states and numerous cities in California on a tour of his factory Wednesday to discuss relocating. 

"[City officials] tell you one thing,...

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The tasting room at Alpine is colorful, but you no longer need to make the drive to San Diego to taste its beers.

Cult favorite Alpine Brewing now shipping to Los Angeles

Whenever a keg of one of Alpine Brewing’s hoppy IPAs made it to Los Angeles from San Diego, or when bottles landed at a restaurant or bottle shop, news would spread like wildfire across social media. If you’re plugged into the beer-geek social networks, then you’ve probably seen many more Instagrams of Alpine's previously scarce Nelson IPA recently, and it looks like this trend is going to continue. The cult-favorite brewery has long struggled to meet demand for its most famous brews, and it's finally found a solution thanks to help from another San Diego Brewery. And that...
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