| Apr 8, 2009
Every spring as a kid, I reveled in the same Easter basket filled with store-bought candy that all of the other kids in the neighborhood tore into: plastic eggs stuffed with foil-wrapped, peanut butter-filled chocolates, marshmallows machine-molded into...
| Jun 10, 2009
Dear SOS: I'm hoping you can help me get a recipe. We went to the new Santa Monica restaurant Riva last weekend. Dinner was great, but I was particularly impressed by the carrot cake. Normally, carrot cake is dense, but this cake was light but still had...
| Jun 24, 2009
Total time: 1 hour and 20 minutes, plus cooling time for the mushrooms
Servings: 7 to 8
Note: Adapted from Shaun Murphy's "Derailment Special." Served on the private rail car the Scottish Thistle.
1 1/2 cups sliced brown mushrooms, such...
| Jun 3, 2009
Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: Makes about 6 cups, enough for 2 to 4 dozen cupcakes
1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 cups sifted powdered sugar...
| 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.
| May 14, 2008
THE HAPPY childhood goes like this: My mother unwraps the silver boxes of cream cheese as if they are presents. She beats the soft cheese -- the crack of eggs, a dust-storm of sugar -- into pale snowbanks in the bowl while she lets me crush the graham...
| Jul 22, 2009
Total time: 45 minutes, plus cooling time for the cupcakes
Servings: Makes 12 cupcakes
Note: Adapted from "Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories" by Lisa Lillien. Lillien writes, "You'd have to be insane to not flip over these...
| Jan 4, 2010
| 9:17 PM
Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 30 minutes plus 3 hours chilling
1 1/2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the cookie crumbs and peanut butter and mix well. Shape the mixture...
| Jan 13, 2010
Basic savory pie dough No. 2 (cream cheese)
Total time: 15 minutes, plus chilling time
Servings: Makes enough dough for 1 double-crust (9-inch) pie or 6 individual hand pies
1 (8-ounce) container cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup (2...
| Jan 13, 2010
Savory pies are the culinary equivalent of a down quilt: warm, cushy, uncomplicated -- and precisely what I want to tuck into once winter has settled in and I've found myself safely on the other side of the high-stakes holiday cooking gantlet. ¶ After...
| Dec 18, 2009
| 4:38 PM
1/2 cup margarine (not butter) melted
1 (18.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (1-pound) box powdered sugar
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Combine margarine, cake mix and 1...