| Nov 11, 2010
The long narrow plate arrived at her table, and, like any good food blogger, Shauna James Ahern paused to take it all in: roasted red piquillo peppers — plump with a lentil stuffing — alongside graceful strands of quick-pickled green beans and...
| Nov 18, 2010
Every year at my house, we host what we call the "Long Table Thanksgiving."
It's a simple tradition, and it does a lot to minimize holiday stress. We provide the birds, and everyone else brings a side dish.
Oh, and we eat at a very long table.
| Feb 10, 2011
After dinner, we slip out of the old post office — with its wall of cubbyholes stuffed with faded letters — into the Cornell night. The velvety black sky is spangled with the stars you never see in the city. The night smells of wood fire, pine...
| Feb 17, 2011
Is there room in Southern California for another hip taco slinger? Judging by the lunch crowds at Taco Asylum, there is indeed.
Like Goldilocks' porridge, the delicious indulgences at this stylized Costa Mesa taqueria seem just right — not too...
| Oct 14, 2010
Hotel dining rooms don't come much cozier than the one at the updated Hotel Shangri-la on Ocean Boulevard in Santa Monica. The chairs are round, barrel-shaped numbers with deep tobacco-colored leather cushions and a propensity for swiveling, the better to...
| Oct 13, 2011
Mac 'n' cheese with soubise
Total time: 1½ hours
Note: Adapted from Michael Ruhlman's "Ruhlman's Twenty."
1/4 cup (½ stick) butter, divided
1 onion, sliced
1 shallot, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups...
| Jul 28, 2011
Dear SOS: Would you get me the recipe for mac 'n' cheese from Famous Dave's? Thank you.
Dear Inez: Famous Dave's was happy to share its creative and creamy version of this classic comfort food. Enjoy.
Famous Dave's mac 'n'...
| Apr 23, 2009
More than mac 'n' cheese, meatloaf, burgers or cupcakes, the grilled cheese sandwich is the ultimate comfort food. A staple of bachelor kitchens everywhere, it's the first meal many of us learn to cook. But unlike most gentrified comfort foods,...
| Apr 29, 2009
Downtown? Until very recently, if you asked someone to meet you for dinner there, it was roughly the equivalent of asking them to join you on the moon. I've met people who have never been within shouting distance of the area, even though they've lived...
| Nov 19, 2008
At most of the following establishments you'll receive a par-cooked turkey that will require about an hour or two in the oven when you get it home. Some, such as Sapphire and Blue on Blue, are also serving Thanksgiving dinner in the restaurant --...
| Jan 14, 2009
Every time I go to Viet Noodle Bar in Atwater Village, I order the same thing: a bowl of brown rice, laced with mung beans and tofu and fresh herbs. I know, it sounds too boring and, well, just too wholesome to be so addictive. But grain dishes can...