RIHANNA'S

PASTA CRAVING

One of the singer's favorite recipes from Scarpetta restaurant in Beverly Hills

SPAGHETTI WITH GARLIC & OLIVE OIL

Serves 2

Kosher salt

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

½ pound of spaghetti

3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley or more to taste

1. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until it is al dente, about 9 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.

2. While spaghetti is cooking, heat the olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute or until it sizzles. Add the red pepper flakes. Continue sauteing until the edges of the garlic just begin to brown, about 2 more minutes. Add reserved cup of pasta water and a pinch of salt. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Turn the heat down to medium-low, then add the drained pasta and parsley. Toss until the pasta has absorbed most of the liquid, about 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

James Beard Award Winner's

CLASSIC BURGER

Chef Gabriel Rucker-winner of the food competition's 2011 Rising Star award-shares his Portland, Ore., restaurant's signature burger recipe

LE PIGEON RESTAURANT BURGER

Makes 4 burgers

1 cup red wine vinegar

1/3 cup water

¼ cup sugar

1 tsp. salt, divided

4 sprigs thyme

8 black peppercorns

1 bay leaf

1/8 tsp. chili flakes

1 medium red onion sliced into 1/3-in. rings

1¾ lb. ground chuck

4 slices white cheddar cheese

2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce

¼ cup aioli or mayonnaise

1 tbsp. chopped parsley

Ketchup and mustard

4 toasted ciabatta rolls

1. Pickle onions first by combining vinegar, water, sugar, ½ tsp. salt, thyme, bay leaf, peppercorns and chili flakes in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

2. Add onions, turn off heat and let rest for 20 minutes. Drain.

3. Preheat grill. Form 4 meat patties. Add ½ tsp. salt; grill 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare.

4. Combine lettuce, aioli (or mayonnaise) and parsley in a bowl to form a slaw.

5. Spread mustard inside top of bun and ketchup on bottom.

6. Place 1 slice cheese on each burger during last 2 minutes of cooking to melt.

7. Grill onions until charred.

8. Place burger, ¼ of the onions and the slaw on bun. Top with other half.

Food Trend

SAVORY CUPCAKES

These treats aren't just sweet. Here's a rundown of some unusual twists-smoked salmon, anyone?-on the baked goodie

Salted Caramel Cupcake

Candace Nelson

The trend stems from a desire "to eat cupcakes in every form possible!" says the Food Network's Cupcake Wars judge, who celebrated the May opening of a New York City branch of her Sprinkles Cupcakes shop with a salty-sweet take on the theme. (sprinkles.com)

Bacon Maple Cupcake

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah's O Magazine highlighted this unusual combo from her hometown bakery Chicago's More Cupcakes. (morecupcakes.com)

Lox Cupcake

Tom Pizzica

Savory cupcakes are "a great way to incorporate surprising ingredients," says the Food Network host. Pizzica's show Outrageous Food featured this smoked salmon recipe from Philadelphia's It's a Cupcake. (itsacupcake.com)

Tomato Soup Cupcake

Rachel Bilson

L.A.'s Yummy Cupcakes attracts celeb fans like Bilson and offers more than 200 flavors, including this tomato soup cupcake that comes with raisins, walnuts and a buttercream frosting. (yummycupcakes.com)

A savory cupcake recipe from L.A.'s celeb caterer Heirloom L.A.

SMOKED MAC-N-CHEESE LASAGNA CUPCAKES

Makes 12 cupcakes

15-16 pieces (1-lb. box) lasagna, cooked until tender and drained

Olive oil

3 cups grated Parmesan

3 cups grated smoked mozzarella

3 cups grated sharp cheddar white sauce (see recipe below)

1. Trim 12 lasagna pieces into 6×2-in. strips and place on lightly oiled sheet pan. Cut remaining pieces into 3 equal sections and place on sheet pan.

2. Brush a 12-cup cupcake tin with olive oil. Lay 2 6-in. lasagna strips in the bottom of each mold to form an X. (Strips will hang over.)

3. Sprinkle 1 tbsp. of each cheese over pasta, packing down well. Top with 1 tbsp. of sauce. Place 1 smaller lasagna piece on top. Repeat for each.

4. Fold the 2 overhanging pieces over the top of each cupcake. Use sauce to seal edges. Sprinkle with each cheese and a dab of sauce. Cover with plastic wrap; chill for at least 2 hours.

5. Preheat oven to 325. Bake cupcakes 25 to 30 minutes. Let cupcakes rest 10 minutes before serving.

WHITE SAUCE

Melt 4 tbsp. butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 3 tbsp. flour and stir for 2 minutes. Slowly add 2 cups hot milk, stirring constantly. Add a pinch of salt and cook over low heat, stirring until thickened, about 10 minutes.

A savory cupcake recipe from L.A.'s celeb caterer Heirloom L.A.

Recipe adapted from Heirloom L.A.; heirloomla.com.

Lauren Conrad's

FAVORITE THINGS

The reality star turned lifestyle blogger shares some of the beloved accent pieces in her L.A. home

"I love buying special little pieces," says the star, who gives decor tips on lauren conrad.com.

SWEET BOUQUET

Conrad finds this candle's blood-orange scent "intoxicating." Stella Candela, $38; tocca.com

COOL ART

Conrad has this vintage print hanging in her bedroom. Lingerie in London, Paris, New York Illustration, $9.99-$79.99; allposters.com

POSH PILLOWS

"I have an affection for bows," she says. "When I saw these pillows, I had to have them!" Grey Big Bow Pillow, $24; bedbuggs.etsy.com

Martha Stewart Living Paint in Elderflower, $24.97 per gallon; homedepot.com

WALL TREATMENTS

"This wallpaper brings charm to my entryway," says Conrad, who's also a fan of warm-hued paint colors. Florence Broadhurst Japanese Floral Wallpaper, $400 a roll; walnutwallpaper.com

CHIC READS

"Coffee table books are key accessories that reflect your interests. I love fashion history." In Vogue and Valentino: Themes and Variations, both $75; rizzoliusa.com

ELEGANT TOUCH

"I love to bake. And it's fun to display all kinds of treats on pretty cake platters." Gracie China Victorian Rose Collection 10" Cake Stand, $30; amazon.com

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