April 15, 2009 |
Dear SOS: Julienne's bakery in San Marino has delicious graham cracker chewy bars dusted with powdered sugar. Can you get the recipe? Robi Inserra Los Angeles Dear Robi: These delicious little bars combine a dense graham cracker base with a velvety custard filling rich with brown sugar and chopped pecans. Sweet, but not overly so, each bar is like a perfect miniature pecan pie baked over a wonderfully crumbly graham cracker crust. Plan ahead and make an extra batch.
April 22, 2011 |
Celebrities spend a lot of time in bars and restaurants, and many of them seem compelled to eventually own one. Drawing a crowd is certainly easier with a big name attached, but why would a famous actor or musician want the hassle? Tax write-off? Vanity project? Most likely, hospitality is in the DNA of any great entertainer. "For people in the industry, a big part of the draw is working with creative minds, so an obvious perk is enjoying that off the clock. Think back to the Rat Pack — the idea of powerhouses in a protected space at a table for drinks and great food.
March 23, 2013
Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes, plus cooling time Servings: 16 bars Note: You can substitute ½ cup chocolate chips for the chocolate chunks. If making the bars ahead, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. 1/4 cup finely diced dried apricots (about 1.5 ounces or 6 apricots) 1/4 cup finely diced dried figs (about 1.5 ounces or 2½ large figs) 1 tablespoon sweet red wine 1/2 cup matzo cake meal (about 2 ounces) 1/4 cup potato starch (about 1.2 ounces)
December 30, 2012 |
The gig : Founder and chief executive of the 213 Nightlife Group, which operates some of hippest cocktail lounges in downtown Los Angeles, including Seven Grand Whiskey Bar, the Golden Gopher and the Broadway Bar. The bars owned by Cedd Moses, 52, are typically converted from dilapidated empty buildings. They have contributed to the revitalization of the downtown area and helped promote an emerging craft cocktail culture in Los Angeles. "People thought I was crazy," Moses said. "I was making a good living at the time, but I left to go pour drinks on skid row. " Background : Moses was born in Bristol, Va., a town in the Blue Ridge Highlands of southwestern Virginia on the border with Tennessee.
February 4, 2009
Total time: 50 minutes, plus chilling and cooling time Servings: 25 bars Note: Creamy wildflower honey is whipped with air, giving it a thick texture. It is available at select gourmet food stores, farmers markets and well-stocked supermarkets, such as Whole Foods. 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, divided 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 cups flour 1/2 cup creamy wildflower honey 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1. In the bowl of a stand mixer using a paddle attachment, or in a medium bowl using a hand mixer, mix together the butter, 1 cup of the sugar and the salt until combined, 1 to 2 minutes, being careful not to overmix.
December 15, 2011
"I found this recipe many years ago on the back of a bag of prunes. I tried it and I realized after the first batch that they were irresistible. But then we moved and the recipe got lost in the shuffle. I went 20 years without being able to make them. I wrote to the prune company, I searched the Internet, I couldn't find them. Then one day I was going through a box of old family photos and there they were. It was like a family reunion. " - Ronna Ballister, Altadena Sweet tart oat nut bars Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes, plus cooling time for the bars Servings: Makes about 4 dozen bars.