Author Archives: Cathy Thomas

Salsas and Moles Are Kings in Chef Deb Schneider’s New Book

Tweet Deborah Schneider describes the sauces featured in her newest cookbook as having lots of personality and often, a spicy kick. The same words fit when describing Schneider, executive chef-partner at SOL Cocina in Newport Beach and Solita in Huntington … Continue reading

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Delhi Delicious: Chef Geeta Bansal Brings Wow Flavors to Fingerling Spuds

Tweet Born and raised in Delhi, India, Geeta Bansal grew up in a household where formal entertaining with an international guest list was practically an everyday event. Bansal, chef-owner of Clay Oven, Irvine, was a professor at Rutgers University as … Continue reading

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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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