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April 26, 2017

This lemon sauce is such a simple way to dress up roasted asparagus, the pinup vegetable of spring ... or any simply cooked asparagus for that matter, such as grilled, steamed or sauteed. In fact, this sauce is also a quick and easy way to dress up pretty much any plainly cooked vegetable, from…


Mini mocha baked Alaska a Mother's Day treat

April 26, 2017

Let's say you dream of wanting to make a very special dessert for mom on Mother's Day but don't really have the time or the expertise. Here's a cheating version of Baked Alaska. Sure it's antique — is there any other two-word phrase in English as capable of teleporting us in an instant to the…


Di Novi enjoys ‘female director’ title

April 24, 2017

LOS ANGELES  — Men pick the movies. Women only go to movies that their husbands choose. And men definitely don't see movies about women.

That was the prevailing line of thought at Hollywood studios not too long ago. Denise Di Novi, a prolific producer behind everything from “Batman…


The French can be lovely until confronted

April 23, 2017

I’m home from 11 days in France, and I would like to report that, contrary to popular belief, the French people are not unfriendly and pretentious but rather pleasant for the most part. “A table for 10, Monsieurs and Madames? No problem. Please follow me,” we were told by more…