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25 homemade holiday gift recipes: Hazelnut biscotti

A great recipe from former Test Kitchen director Donna Deane, who writes: "Most holiday cookies are high in fat and calories. Biscotti are a light alternative. I've made these biscotti even lighter than usual by using egg whites and egg substitute. But the combination of dried cherries and...

Mad for mandarins, with 11 recipes for winter's jewels

Remember all those stories our parents told us about Christmas in the old days when maybe the only thing a kid would get in his stocking would be a tangerine? Remember how sad we felt for them? Seems kind of funny now. The reappearance of tangerines (we call them mandarins now) is one of my...

14 great host or hostess gift ideas

Wine is not always the answer when it comes to bringing a gift to the host or hostess of a dinner party. So many occasions over the holidays demand a heartfelt offering of some sort that it’s smart to keep a stash of suitable items on hand, so you don't need to rush out in traffic at...

25 homemade holiday gift recipes: Caramel corn

Does it get any better than caramel corn? It's the sort of stuff that turns even sophisticated adults into greedy kids.

6 great places for food lovers in Long Beach

Long Beach is a city that prides itself on its diversity — and that certainly extends to food. Look around and you’ll find a little bit of everything. Down-home Midwestern diners, Texas barbecue, Cambodian noodle shops, taquerias, carnicerias and panaderias, wine shops, farmers...

Zagat's 2015 L.A. survey yields some odd findings

What are the best restaurants in Los Angeles? Melisse, Sushi Gen, Providence... OK so far. And Michael's of Naples? Yes, it's time for Zagat to release its annual survey of dining in Southern California.

7 no-soak bean recipes for a rainy day

What could be better on a chilly, rainy day than a bowl of beans? Maybe a black bean chili made smoky by adding chipotles, or a stew with white beans, chorizo and clams, or a big pot of white beans cooked with ham and dandelion gree...

25 homemade holiday gift recipes: Chewy ginger-sour cherry biscotti

Minced crystallized ginger and dried sour cherries add a little perk and bright color to biscotti, fragrant with spice and rich molasses notes. Eat them yourself, or wrap them up, making for a festive holiday gift.

A McDonald's in a church? McMass wants to build one

Would you be more inclined to go to church if services came with a Big Mac and a side of fries? That's the idea behind McMass, a group whose goal is to put a McDonald's franchise in a church. 

Cognoscenti coffee cart moves to Chinatown

After several months in residence at Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park, Jack Benchakul of Cognoscenti Coffee recently moved his coffee cart to Scoops Chinatown. Cognoscenti now offers coffee drinks at Scoops, the ice cream shop just a few doors down from Chego in the Far East Plaza, the same...

Europe suffers olive oil disaster: How you can survive it

If you’re a fan of great olive oil — particularly of oils from Tuscany and Umbria — you’d better get ready to start dipping into your wallet. That stuff’s going to get expensive.

Thanksgiving video and recipe tips: Turducken 101

At first glance, it looks like a roast turkey on steroids. Slice into it and there's layer after layer of meats and stuffings. It's a glorious monster of a roast, a guaranteed showstopper at any holiday dinner. Forget Dickens' prized turkey -- this bird is big enough to crush Tiny Tim. Just...

Sweet potatoes versus yams, with 12 recipes

Sweet potatoes or yams? Trick question. Despite what millions of Americans (and many groceries) may call them, those dark orange, moist root vegetables that you roast in sugar syrup and top with marshmallows are not yams, just another type of sweet potato.

Can I dry-brine a frozen turkey? 16 questions about dry brining answered

Still have questions about dry-brining your Thanksgiving turkey? I’ve been writing about dry-brining turkeys for several years now, and can guess what some of those might be. So here’s a shot at answering some of the most commonly asked ones.

How to make Hello Kitty Spam musubi (rice snacks)

If there's a Hello Kitty fan on your holiday gift list this year, we've got you covered. If he or she also happens to be a Spam fan, you're well on your way to becoming best friend of the year.

How to dry-brine a turkey? Here's what you need to know to get started

When I'm buried, I fear that my headstone will read: He Dry-Brined Turkeys. I started writing about this technique several years ago and every Thanksgiving it seems more cooks become converted. That's understandable — it's by far the easiest way to make a great turkey. If you have a...

Cauliflower crust and meatball skewers at the new Prufrock Pizzeria

Concept: A Neapolitan-style pie shop by food stylist Tobi Martin, Shad Davis (the Federal) and Spaceland Presents' Mitchell Frank and Partners (the guys behind Echoplex, Knitting Factory) in The Regent Theater in downtown L.A. The restaurant is named after T.S. Eliot's "The Love...

Thanksgiving recipe video and tips: Mom Parsons' cranberries

The basic recipe on the back of the cranberry bag is easy, but with just a little extra effort, you can create a really special sauce that exudes both tartness and sweetness.

After 18 years, JiRaffe is closing

After 18 years, Raphael Lunetta has decided to close JiRaffe, the French bistro in Santa Monica he founded with then-partner Josiah Citrin.

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