| May 23, 2009
As a self-described "nice Jewish girl," Ruth Handel gets a little verdutzt when it comes to home entertaining: "I'm always asking myself, is there enough food? Is there enough to drink? Does the house look good enough?"
Enough already. These days...
| Dec 8, 2008
Wondering what to wear at the holiday party to lure a new love for '09? That expensive, sequiny dress? A handsome new holly-green vest and some knock-'em-dead after-shave? Too bad fashion writers don't read science journals. Instead of just lecturing on...
| Jul 25, 2007
It takes a blessedly brief two minutes to realize that the sommelier -- one of several -- at B&B Ristorante, Mario Batali's new restaurant in Las Vegas, knows his stuff. Our first order of business as we settle in at the restaurant in the Venetian...
| Feb 6, 2008
It takes just a sip of water to tell you that Restaurant Omakase in Riverside is something different.
It arrives in a tall glass with a slice of citrus half submerged in shaved ice. Innocent enough, but this is anything but the usual lemon used to...
| Feb 6, 2008
GERMAN chocolate cake looks pretty good for 50 -- the combination of tangy-sweet layers and nutty custard is as irresistible as it was when the recipe was first published in a Texas newspaper back in the Eisenhower era. If it were a Reese's cup or an...
| Aug 6, 2008
THESE days it usually takes a minimum of half a million dollars to open even the smallest restaurant in Los Angeles. For a young chef dreaming of his or her own restaurant, doing it on the cheap means going for a small space in an under-serviced...
| Sep 15, 2008
In the pursuit of happily-ever-after, the odds seem to be stacked against us.
Men and women reap huge benefits when they stick around with a good partner -- staying happier and healthier, living longer and passing along more genes. But the sticking-...
| Oct 10, 2008
| 8:49 AM
These days, when just about any topic can provoke a debate, you can add bread pudding to the list.
How is that possible, you might wonder, with something so homey and comforting and, well, inert? Blame it on the chefs. They've taken this beloved...
| Nov 3, 2008
| 6:13 PM
I used to ask for lemon meringue pie every year for my birthday instead of chocolate cake. The reason: My mother made great pies.
If birthdays make me think of lemon pie, Thanksgiving makes me think of pecan pie. Every Thanksgiving feast at our...
| Apr 16, 2008
Total time: 1 1/2 hours, plus overnight macerating time
Note: Adapted from a recipe by Todd Aarons. Aarons uses Scharffen Berger chocolate and serves the cake with kosher, whipped nondairy cream. Kosher unsalted margarine is available at...
| Apr 16, 2008
THE braised lamb is redolent of pomegranates and cumin. The chicken dumpling soup is fragrant with Persian limes and cardamom. Pan-seared potato gnocchi are laced with dried porcini, mesquite-grilled salmon is sauced with harissa and a flourless chocolate...