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April 9, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
In the course of testing and developing recipes for an article, we may make a recipe dozens of times, fine-tuning it to perfection and testing for consistent results. We are a test kitchen, and this is what we do. Of course, when we're done testing, sometimes we also like to play with our food ... At the L.A. Times, we not only test (and routinely retest) every recipe that runs in the paper, we also then re-create and style those recipes for food shoots to appear both online and in print, coordinate and shoot step-by-step demonstrations and videos of various cooking techniques, and prepare for recipe demonstrations that air online and on television.
March 26, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Chicago-based Gold Standard Baking has voluntarily recalled Sweet P's Bake Shop branded Caramel Apple Danish Coffee Cake after discovering that it contained walnuts, but was distributed in packaging that did not state their presence, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The recall affects 1,134 cases of the product, which were manufactured between Feb. 3 and March 6 and distributed to retailers nationwide. Recalled packages bear the UPC 011225113833, and lot codes 020313 and 030613.
March 20, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
If you've never tackled a layer cake, the whole process can be a bit intimidating ... and it can become a bit of a mess if you don't know what you're doing. But assembling and frosting a layer cake is actually quite simple, so long as you have some patience and follow a few basic steps. Inspect your cake layers, leveling the layers if needed with a knife. One trick is to flip each cake layer, so the perfectly flat bottom becomes the top. If you want to flavor the cake between layers, pipe a border around the outer edge of each layer to contain the flavoring.
February 15, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
You know, folks once came to this country on small wooden sailing ships. Think the Mayflower, the Pilgrims and Plymouth Rock.  Those souls were, I venture, a tad bit more, uh, hardy than most of us today. As evidence, I give you the epic tale of the crippled Carnival cruise ship Triumph, whose passengers -- like Gilligan, the Skipper, the professor and, oh, you know the rest -- went out for a four-day tour and barely got back. First, let's start with a little history of the Mayflower, courtesy of that font of lazy wisdom, Wikipedia: There were about 150 passengers and crew on the 110-foot-long ship.
February 14, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
When the luck of the Irish holds, the lovers buy Claddagh rings for their valentines, frat boys gearing up for St. Paddy's Day go for Guinness caps with built-in bottle openers - and come Christmas, there's a run on plum pudding and St. Nicks in Kelly green. But holidays alone don't explain how a small Irish store survives year after year in a Hollywood mini-mall. The plain brown shopping complex set back from Vine Street houses the usual suspects: a pawnshop, check cashing, Thai massage, tattoos.
February 8, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Mardi Gras is next Tuesday -- got your king cake? At first sight, it may come across as, well, a little unusual. A large wreath-shaped cake bedazzled in vibrant shades of purple, green and gold - there's nothing subtle about it. It might be flavored simply with a touch of cinnamon sugar, or maybe it's decked out with any of a number of creative fillings. Help yourself to a slice, or two - just be careful you don't accidentally bite into the plastic baby. Behold the wonder that is the king cake.
January 29, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu and Ricardo Lopez
The dismantling of Hostess Brands Inc. continued this week as bidders, including the owner of Pabst Brewing Co., emerged to buy the bankrupt company's bread and cake brands. C. Dean Metropoulos & Co., the private equity firm that owns the popular Pabst beer label, is one of the likely stalking horse bidders for Hostess cake brands such as Twinkies, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs and CupCakes, according to a person close to the deal. Metropoulos would be joined by Apollo Global Management, a private equity firm that owns major companies such as Carl's Jr. parent CKE, the source said.
January 21, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
At the commander in chief's inaugural ball at the Washington Convention Center, President Obama will host 4,000 armed service members, Alicia Keyes and Jamie Foxx will perform, and a six-tiered cake from Duff Goldman's Charm City Cakes , of "Ace of Cakes" fame, will be eaten. The cake -- layers of red velvet, lemon poppy seed, pineapple coconut and pumpkin chocolate chip with Swiss buttercream -- is decorated with the presidential seal, emblems of each U.S. military branch, hand-painted red, white and blue stars and stripes, and patriotic fondant bunting.
December 15, 2012
Oh, no, not another Mexican wedding cake! But these are out-of-this-world, melt-in-your-mouth, can't-stop-eating favorites! - Deb Love, Santa Monica PHOTOS: Holiday Cookie Bake-off winning cookies and bakers Mexican wedding cakes Total time: 1 hour Servings: Makes about 3 dozen cookies. Note: Adapted from Deb Love. 3/4 cup (1½ sticks) butter 1/4 cup powdered sugar, plus extra for rolling 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon cold water 2 cups (9.5 ounces)
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