Author Archives: Cathy Thomas

Restaurant of the Year: Chef Zach Geerson’s “Branzino Joy”

Tweet Zach Geerson, executive chef at Journeyman’s Food and Drink in Fullerton, uses his talent to create dishes that are innovative and irresistible. With a firm footing in classic techniques mastered at The Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, … Continue reading

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Lido Bottle Works’ Chef Amy Lebrun Shows Off Fish Mastery

Tweet Amy Lebrun, the talented executive chef at Lido Bottle Works at Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach, joined me in my kitchen to show off her fish cookery skills. She showcased rock cod fillets, same-day caught off the backside … Continue reading

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Roasted Artichokes with Lemon Vinaigrette, Worth It!

Tweet Roasting artichokes brings out their nutty, delicious flavor. The process isn’t open roasting, to my mind it is kind of a steaming in the oven, the halved olive oil-coated “arties” arranged cut-side down and covered with foil. I fell … Continue reading

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Chef Craig Strong Opens Ocean at Main in Laguna Beach

Tweet Chef Chef Craig Strong opened Ocean at Main in Laguna Beach in October, fulfilling a long-time career dream to open his own restaurant. The location is 222 Ocean Avenue near Main Beach, and the 126-seat, 4,500-square-foot eatery is open … Continue reading

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Cranberry Cake – tart berries balanced with sweet-rich goodness

Tweet The tartness of fresh cranberries pairs well with sweet, buttery baked goods. This sweet-tart cake is delicious for breakfast or served as a holiday dessert accompanied with whipped cream or ice cream. It also makes a great hostess gift! … Continue reading

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Luscious Korean-Style Ribs and Cucumber Salad from Chef Brian Huskey

Tweet Brian Huskey, acclaimed OC chef-owner of two Tackle Box restaurants, shares the secrets of his luscious Korean ribs in my home kitchen. Korean ribs offer irresistible succulence. The well-marbled beef cut crosswise into thin meaty slabs caramelizes to perfection … Continue reading

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Pear-Nut Upside-Down Cake – So Scrumptious for Holidays or Any Day

Tweet Pear-Walnut (or Pecan) Upside-Down Cake I served this cake as one of three options on Thanksgiving. Almost everyone asked for the recipe, because the cake is so scrumptious. Bosc Pears, those brown-skinned elongated beauties, hold their shape in this … Continue reading

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Chef Blake Mellgren, Exec Chef-Owner Craft House in Dana Point, Big-time Masters Yellowtail

Tweet Blake Mellgren, executive chef-owner of Craft House in Dana Point, shows off fruits and vegetables in an irresistible fish dish. If you taste this dish, you won’t be surprised to know that Mellgren was one of three finalists at … Continue reading

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Halloween Creep Cakes, Thanks Martha

Tweet Is it possible to make a treat that is scary and whimsical at the same time? Yup, Martha Stewart can with her Halloween-themed “Creep Cakes,” cupcakes adorned with monster-style marshmallow eyes and orange-wedge candy mouths. Granddaughter Coco, 3,  decorated … Continue reading

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Autumn Salads – Salubrious Crunch Teamed with Irresistible Flavors

Tweet Beets. Oranges. Apples. A few toasted walnuts. Some creamy blue cheese-blessed dressing. Quick! Hand me a knife and fork. The flavor combinations in this salad are irresistible. You can add some grilled chicken if you like. And there are … Continue reading

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