Chopped kale and romaine are tossed with quinoa, almonds, raisins and Parmesan cheese, with a bright lemon vinaigrette added just before serving. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
After the basics are mastered, lasagna is an adaptable construct. Mushroom and ham is a tempting variety.
There are many ways to make lasagna. Regardless of the ingredients used, fresh pasta is essential. The dish should be as much about the noodles as it is about the filling.
Let the lasagna settle for 10 minutes or so after it comes out of the oven. With the smell wafting through the kitchen, it’ll be hard to resist cutting into. It will be worth the wait.
Pastry chefs in the Los Angeles area were asked to submit recipes that use few ingredients and are easy for the home cook to make. Karen Hatfield of Sycamore Kitchen offered up her chocolate hazelnut borwn butter torte. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
Roxana Jullapat of Cooks County, in the Los Angeles area, whipped up this dessert called autumn’s fool.
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A California brown pelican flies over Anacapa Island during a tour given by the National Park Service to show the success of a rat eradication program on Thursday, March 7, 2013. The rats were killed to save rare sea birds, and officials are declaring victory. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
Robert Taylor's ranch was built in 1950 and renovated in the 1980s, when the horse stables were converted into offices and apartments. Though the actor died in 1969, the ranch still bears his name.
The stone fireplace is a centerpiece of the living room in the main house. The compound includes a pool and a faded tennis court.
The kitchen of the main house has brick and tile work. The Western-inspired, 11,700-square-foot house has 34 rooms, including a bar and casino room with spinning, colored lights.
French fries are already perfect. Smashing them and dipping them in creamy ranch sauce just gilds the lily.
Begin making smashed fried potatoes by boiling a batch of small new potatoes, which you can do in advance.
After boiling, carefully smash the potatoes with a fork - not something flat. A fork gives a more textured surface.
After frying, gently lift the potatoes out of pan, being careful to remove any crispy bits at the bottom.
Kyle Nyberg, left, Kevin Zagorski, center, and Alex Hreiz prepare final assembly of a Xearo Rocket at Masten Space Systems in Mojave, Calif.
The Firebird is a surveillance plane that can be manned or unmanned. It is being tested at the spaceport, where almost 70 firms are doing work.
Topped with a bright lemon vinaigrette, the chopped kale and romaine salad from the Napa Valley Grille can be eaten every day. In fact, some folks do just that.
Like biscuits with a touch of added sweetness, the best scones are delicate and light yet somehow wonderfully rich.
A ginger scone and a chocolate chip scone.
Cut in cold butter, as you would when making a pie crust. Leave little chunks.
This is when you can add dry ingredients like currants - and then the milk or cream.
Briefly knead the crumbly dough to bring it together, then shape it gently into a loaf.
Cut the loaf into eight wedges.
Brush each wedge with a little heavy cream.
Bake them on parchment for 25 to 30 minutes. How easy was that?
Zabaglione, such as this hazelnut sherry version, is easy to
make and elegant to serve. Its alcohol content makes it for
Because of carbonation, a zabaglione using beer can swell to
almost twice the volume of a traditional zabaglione. It pairs well
with spiced gingerbread or drizzled over fruit or cake.
While zabaglione is usually served fresh and warm, with some
planning you can end a meal with frozen zabaglione. It won't be
solid, like ice cream; it will be softer, like gelato.
A tanker truck takes on a load of corn ethanol at Pacific Ethanol in Stockton, Calif. The company, which went through bankruptcy in recent years, now is boosting production once again.
Lieutenant Sean Malinowski, Ph.D., of the Los Angeles Police Department, works in front of the video wall in the LAPD Emergency Operations Center.