Author Archives: Cathy Thomas

Secrets from A Restaurant’s Chef Jon Blackford – His Irresistible Halibut

Tweet Sample one of Jon Blackford’s Imperial Wagyu strip steaks, and you may never want to explore other entree options. The meat is so richly flavored and the texture so velvety, it could be addictive.  Blackford, executive chef at A … Continue reading

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Temptation: Indian Street Foods, There and Here

Tweet India totally enchants some visitors. Count me among them. My recent journey left me with joyful impressions of captivating sites and bold colors, vistas set against an exuberant backdrop of rhythms and scents. Imagine the syncopated toots of rickshaw … Continue reading

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Best Appetizer Pancakes Ever from Lark Creek Newport Beach

Tweet John Ledbetter’s pancakes could make you forget the traditional limp breakfast disks that whisper a bland one-dimensional tune.   No drizzle of butter or syrup is necessary for these vibrant appetizer cakes. This short video shows how Ledbetter, executive … Continue reading

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Treasured Time with Maya Angelou: Her Words, Her Cooking

Tweet Ten years ago I had the opportunity to interview Maya Angelou about cooking, life and love.  The time spent wasn’t rushed. She was generous of thought and deed.  Here is a portion of the story I wrote about it: … Continue reading

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Master Baker Dean Kim, OC Baking Company, Bakes Home-Style Fancy Mini Baguettes Epis

Tweet Dean Kim, executive baker-owner of OC Baking Company, is the go-to baker for many of the finest restaurants in Orange County.   The splurge-worthy burgers at Noah Blom’s ARC in Costa Mesa are encased in OC Baking Company’s potato-buttermilk … Continue reading

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Dinner: Cooking From Cathy’s Garden

Tweet ***THURSDAY, MAY 29 – BAYSIDE RESTAURANT, NEWPORT BEACH*** Executive Chef PAUL GSTREIN will prepare a four-course dinner to celebrate my third book, “50 Best Plants on the Planet.”  Many of the dishes will be prepared from my favorite recipes … Continue reading

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Blackberries to the Rescue: Delicious and Nutrient Dense

Tweet Blackberries are such jolly fruit, their tiny juice sacs begging for pearly whites to burst them into juice. The inky nectar is a seductive blend of deep sweet-tart flavors, the flesh that encases it a counterpoint of gentle crunch. … Continue reading

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Call it Pasta e Fagioli or Pasta Fazool: Here’s The Best from Brunos

Tweet Pasta e fagioli, the classic Italian hodgepodge of pasta and beans, takes on irresistible flavor and texture at Brunos Trattoria in Brea. Often pronounced “pasta fazool” in the U.S., Brunos’ version is rich with vegetables and has a just-right … Continue reading

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Carla Hall from “The Chew” Conquers Swamp Thing at Zov’s

Tweet TV Personality and Chef, Carla Hall, recently teamed up with Zov Karamardian to net over $20,000 for the James Beard Foundation’s culinary scholarship program. It was a luscious fundraiser. (Yes, Zov and I are shorter than Carla.) Carla Hall … Continue reading

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Selanne’s Heavenly Scallops – Sauce Balances Sweet and Sour Flavors to Perfection

Tweet Joshua Severson’s culinary talents aren’t limited to topnotch red meat cookery. The executive chef for Teemu Selanne’s steak-centric restaurant in Laguna Beach, Severson also works his magic with seafood. His impressive work experience includes a stint working with celebrity … Continue reading

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