Author Archives: Cathy Thomas

Louie and Zov, An Irresistible Culinary Marriage

Tweet Chef Louie Jocson makes Sumac-Scented Bass and Zov Transforms the Bistro Design At 15, Louie Jocson put down culinary roots with Zov Karamardian and her family-run restaurant. Working as a dishwasher at Zov’s Bistro and Bakery in Tustin was … Continue reading

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Three Easy Easter Desserts, Sweeeeeet. Team Them With Fresh Berries.

Tweet Meringue cookies with chocolate and pecans nest atop marinated fresh berries. Yum! These Easter sweets fall into the easy-peasy school of dessert preparation. They are old favorites of mine, treats that I can practically prepare with my eyes closed. … Continue reading

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Chef Marc Johnson, Oak Grill at Island Hotel, Shares Composed Salad with Burrata Cheese and Prosciutto

Tweet Part of the allure of Oak Grill is the outdoor garden patio, a dining option shaded by beguiling old trees whose limbs host charming cylindrical lanterns. The restaurant opened in late spring last year at the Island Hotel in … Continue reading

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The Joy of Cooking – With Sue

Tweet (Sue and Cathy while conducting a culinary tour to Greece, 1995) Clad only in underpants. That was my attire the first time I met Sue. I was four and my big brother George took me to Sue’s house to … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Treasure – Buy or Make French Macarons, Sunshine

Tweet Pastry Chef Stephane Treand’s hands moved effortlessly as he piped small mounds of macaron batter onto large baking sheets. One hand guided the bag, while the other applied gentle pressure, the piping dance so ingrained in memory that his … Continue reading

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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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