Author Archives: Cathy Thomas

Cherries, Baby! Clafouti Time

Tweet I dream of summertime French breakfasts, when fruit laden clafouti is often the star. The fruit – most often pitted fresh cherries or halved apricots – is baked adrift in a thick, flan-like batter. It’s pancake-y delicious. According to … Continue reading

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Chef Brittany Valles’ Irresistible Sugar Snap Peas

Tweet Brittany Valles, executive chef at Oak Grill at the Fashion Island Hotel, adores the bright flavor and crisp texture of sugar snap peas. Her fondness for these plump crescent-shaped beauties earned her the nickname of “sugar pea” in a … Continue reading

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Best Tomato Salad – The Ranch, Anaheim

Tweet The Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim uses their own farm to grow 600 heirloom tomato vines that include over 90 varieties. The bounty is used in a variety of irresistible ways on the menu, including Heirloom Tomato Salad, Tomato Water, … Continue reading

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Food Can Help Or Hinder a Good Night’s Sleep

Tweet It’s a no-brainer; caffeine can interfere with a good night’s sleep. But what about food, does it play a role? According to a recent Wall Street Journal story, there are foods that can keep us from snoozing. The worst … Continue reading

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Chef Sergio Ortega’s Mushroom Tacos, A Star Among Many at Descanso

Tweet Sergio Ortega, executive chef at Descanso in Costa Mesa joined me to show how to prepare irresistible mushroom-filled tacos adorned with crispy cheese. He combines boundless culinary passion with well-grounded skills, showcasing his mastery of classic Central Mexican cuisine … Continue reading

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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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