| Apr 22, 2009
There was a time, not so long ago, when eating in an environmentally, ethically conscious way was a drab business -- brown and beige food, with a few wilted organic vegetables relegated to a woebegone produce bin at the grocery store.
But these days,...
| May 13, 2009
At the latest London import, Cecconi's, an expat Brit orders a cocktail, leans back against the luxurious cushions strewn along the terrace banquette and opens the morning's Times -- that would be the Times of London. Hostesses have a tony British accent,...
| Feb 6, 2008
Total time: 15 minutes, plus cooling time
Servings: About 2 cups
2/3 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 1/2 -inch pieces
2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sweetened...
| Jun 3, 2009
Let's face it, cupcakes are fun. Familiar, colorful and oh-so-cute, these whimsical little cakes are famous for full-on flavor and mile-high frosting. And don't forget the decorations.
Best of all? They're small enough that you don't have to share.
| Dec 17, 2009
| 1:40 PM
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
| Jan 29, 2008
| 3:11 PM
THERE are few things as treasured, in home kitchens or professional bakeries, as sourdough starter. Bread bakers feed it religiously, on a strict schedule, like pets or children; they carry the stuff with them when they move; they hand down jars of it...
| Feb 6, 2008
Total time: 1 1/2 hours, plus cooling time for the cakes and frosting
Note: Adapted from Baker's German's sweet chocolate box.
1 package (4 ounces) Baker's German's sweet chocolate
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
| Aug 8, 2007
UNLESS you're hanging out with conspicuously consuming celebutantes, you may have noticed a new mood in the air these days. It seems as if more and more Angelenos are talking about enjoying life without ruining it for the next generation, and when it...
| Aug 5, 2009
Total time: 1 hour, plus cooling time for the cakes
Servings: 12 to 16
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing the pans
2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) flour, divided
3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cups...
| Dec 5, 2009
| 5:46 AM
Total time: 1 hour, plus chilling time
Servings: About 30 squares
Note: From "A Baker's Tour" by Nick Malgieri. Use high-quality chocolate such as Scharffen Berger 62% cacao semisweet chocolate.
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely...
| Aug 29, 2007
VENTURA'S favorite son, Erle Stanley Gardner, author of the Perry Mason mystery books, never wrote about a meal that didn't begin with a martini and include a steak and baked potato, but times have changed since his fictional hero's mid-century heyday....