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In the Kitchen: Of pizza and pomegranates

In the Kitchen: Of pizza and pomegranates
Pizza margherita. (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles is home to some incredible pizza, what with Pizzeria Mozza, Sotto, Jon & Vinny's and Bestia churning out amazing pies. We've spent the last week celebrating one of our favorite comfort foods, from little-known pizzas around town you really need to check out, to wines to pair with your favorite pie. And for those of us ever on the hunt to improve our homemade pizza game, we check out the Uuni portable wood-fired oven.

It's also pomegranate season, and we explore some great recipes, both sweet and savory, as well as an easy way to tackle the notoriously messy fruit.

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FORGET DELIVERY

It's small and compact, weighs less than 25 pounds and costs $299. Meet the Uuni portable wood-fired oven. With it, you can bake a pizza in as little as one to two minutes, and it might just become your new favorite pizza oven. Oh, and we also share a dozen of our favorite pizza recipes.

Uuni portable wood-fired ove
Uuni portable wood-fired ove (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THE POMEGRANATES IN SEASON RIGHT NOW

Fall means pomegranates, and you can find the fruit all over farmers market stands as well as grocery stores. Of course, you can take the easy route and buy the fruit pre-cleaned, or check our our tips for cleaning it yourself, without the mess. Use the sweet-tart arils to add color and flavor to salads, savory sauces, soups and even desserts. We share some of our favorite recipes.

Pomegranate-glazed orange cheesecake
Pomegranate-glazed orange cheesecake (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

FIX THIS SUMMER SQUASH RECIPE FOR DINNER TONIGHT

On a busy weeknight, sometimes the last thing you want to worry about is fixing a complicated or time-consuming dinner. Keep it simple with this excellent summer squash recipe from cookbook author and food writer Martha Rose Shulman.

Summer squash ribbons with green beans and herbs.
Summer squash ribbons with green beans and herbs. (Dillon Deaton / Los Angeles Times)

USE THESE TIPS TO ROLL OUT YOUR PIE AND COOKIE DOUGHS

Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director Noelle Carter shows how to roll dough.

FORGET THE HEAT WITH FROZEN COCKTAIL POPSICLES

Enjoy your cocktail on a stick with these frozen cocktail recipes. From Manhattans to margaritas, sangrias to mojitos, it's a decidedly adult way to have fun and stay refreshed.

Margarita, mojito and sangria cocktail popsicles.
Margarita, mojito and sangria cocktail popsicles. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants, the authoritative annual guide to local dining, is online for subscribers. And because you're probably wondering, Gold's 2016 Best Restaurants list will be out online Oct. 25, the same evening as our annual Bite Nite celebration. The print copy is out Oct. 30.

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