I'm taking an out of town guest to dinner on his first trip to Pasadena this weekend. I've heard great things about dining at both The Raymond as well as the Ritz, and would love a reccomendation on which to try. We'll be dining on Saturday night.
CHOW.com's John Birdsall shows how he makes perfect salted almonds for cocktail hour at his house—all you need is a paper grocery bag.
Smoky-Sweet BBQ Beef Short Ribs
Beef ribs can stand up to strong flavors. Here, a spicy-sweet rub with chili powder, cumin, cayenne, garlic, and brown sugar coats the meat, which is roasted to tenderness. Finishing on the grill with a smoky chipotle barbecue sauce ensures the meat gets a nice char and the sauce lacquers.
Justin Chapple, Food & Wine Deputy Test Kitchen Editor, is back this week with another killer Mad Genius Tip—an ice cream cake made of store-bought ice cream sandwiches, that requires just minutes of prep time.