Author Archives: Cathy Thomas

Six-Course Vegetable Tasting Menu – Stonehill Tavern’s Raj Dixit Produce Wizardry

Tweet It makes me sad when someone tells me that they don’t like vegetables! Really sad. I’m not a vegetarian. But I know how delicious fruits and vegetables can be. Take a look at what Executive Chef Raj Dixit is … Continue reading

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Top Chef Celebrity Shirley Chung, Steams Fish in Banana Leaves, Luscious and Simple

Tweet TOP CHEF CELEB: SHIRLEY CHUNG Shirley Chung is gregarious and quick to laugh, but behind the cheery smile is a chef-restauranteur who is highly focused on her craft. Now her high-energy personality is at work in a new restaurant … Continue reading

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Three Thrills 2014 – Inspired Chef Dishes for Home Cooks

Tweet Dining out or eating in the homes of friends and family, teaches me new techniques or ingredient combinations. They are dishes that send me home to develop my own spin, simplifying the creation if it’s complex, changing it just … Continue reading

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Eight-Leg Treasure From the Deep – Chef Rainer Schwarz Turns Octopus Tender and Delicious

Tweet Executive chef-partner at Driftwood Kitchen, Laguna Beach, and The Deck on Laguna Beach, Rainer Schwarz, knows how to deliciously nuance seafood, incorporating vibrant flavors and contrasting textures into everything from whole crisp-skinned branzino to hamachi crudo, buttermilk-fried soft shell … Continue reading

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Holiday Cookie Contest Names $1000 Winner!

Tweet Lucca and Provenance Restaurants hosted a holiday cookie contest!  $1000 bucks to the winner! Irvine resident Natalie Hartanov won $1000 for her delicious Florentine Triangle Jewels! The contest took place at Provenance in Newport Beach. Chef-Owner Cathy Pavlos was … Continue reading

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Holiday Countdown: Five Easy Ways to Add Glam to Christmas Entertaining

Tweet 1. ICE BUCKET SPLENDOR: Freeze a bottle of vodka in a fancy-schmancy block of ice adorned with rose petals, thin citrus slices or fresh cranberries. Here is the path that Martha Stewart lays out on marthastewart.com. I choose a … Continue reading

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No-Stress Easy Appetizers: Got 5 Minutes?

Tweet Appetizers start a party off right, especially if they are eye-catching as well as scrumptious. Ripe Pear Wedges Wrapped in Prosciutto Yield: about 32 wedges 3 ripe (but not squishy) pears, washed, unpeeled, cored, see cook’s notes Optional: 3 … Continue reading

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Fig & Olive’s Zucchini Carpaccio – who knew raw zukes could be so délicieux!

Tweet Sometimes it’s very simple combinations of ingredients that wow the palate; a bowl of perfectly seasoned olives teamed with sliced salami, or wedges of crisp sweet-tart apple paired with aged white cheddar. Or, in the case of Fig & … Continue reading

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The Best and Easiest Thanksgiving Throwback Recipes – Cranberry Mold and Pumpkin Pie

Tweet A Throwback Thanksgiving menu – that’s the underlying theme of what fills many family’s feast-day tables. The backbone of the meal is made up of core dishes that kindle memories, culinary traditions that are part of what makes each … Continue reading

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Holiday Cookie Search – LUCCA Cafe and Provenance Restaurants Pay $1,000 to Winner!

Tweet ATTENTION BAKERS! LUCCA & Provenance Host $1,000 Holiday Cookie Contest  Chef Cathy Pavlos Conducts County-Wide Search for the Best Holiday Cookie What fun! I want one of YOU to win.  The public is invited to submit their most prized … Continue reading

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