Author Archives: Cathy Thomas

Easy Chinese-Style Appetizers, Katie Chin Style

Tweet Chinese tapas, yes! Cookbook author-caterer, Katie Chin, learned how to cook from her Chinese mother. She helped in the kitchen with her late mother, Leeann Chin, an award-winning restaurateur. In 2003, the two starred in a PBS national cooking … Continue reading

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Cooking Class with Chef Michael Rossi, The Ranch

Tweet Award winning executive chef at The Ranch in Anaheim, Michael Rossi, charmed  students with his skill and culinary passion in a recent cooking class. It was the first class taught in the beautiful teaching kitchen on the sixth floor … Continue reading

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Roasted Asparagus with Crunchy Parmesan Cheese? Please!

Tweet Asparagus and cheese – a marriage made in food heaven. Roast asparagus topped with crunchy Parmesan cheese is a favorite.   The short video shows how easy it is!   Roasted Asparagus with Crunchy Parmesan Yield: 4 servings 3 … Continue reading

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Shaker Salad with just-right salty-sweet elements to make it irresistible

Tweet I love Giada’s Shaker Salad. Limp greens and soggy veggies are often the fate of a made-ahead salad destined for the lunchbox. In Giada De Laurentiis’ newest cookbook, “Happy Cooking,” she provides a shaker jar strategy. Chill. Shake. Enjoy. … Continue reading

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Sweet-Tart Kiwi Sorbet: Small portions or large, it’s an alluring treat

Tweet Kiwi Sorbet can be prepared in either in a standard freezer, but is best made in a machine specifically made for making ice creams (it’s lighter and fluffier that way). I have a simple machine that uses a chilled … Continue reading

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Roche Harbor, Dungeness Crab Paradise

Tweet Dungeness crab tastes sweeter at Leigh and Judy Ross’ summer home in Roche Harbor, an idyllic spot on San Juan Island off the Washington State coast. It sits along the Haro Strait close to the Canada–United States border. During … Continue reading

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Pickled Summertime: All In Good Brine

Tweet QUICK-PICKLED – “REFRIGERATOR FRUIT PICKLES”: No steaming water bath or hours spent in a hot kitchen laboring with knife work. Quick pickling is fast and easy.   Refreshing and unbelievably simple to do, summer fruit tastes delicious pickled this … Continue reading

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Luscious Layered Panna Cotta, Eye Candy from Chef David Rossi

Tweet Chocolate Panna Cotta layered with raspberry and passion fruit “jellies.” David Rossi, award-winning executive pastry chef at The Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim, triumphs long before dessert arrives. Served at the start, his puffed-to perfection, piping hot popovers accompanied with … Continue reading

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Ecology Center’s From-Scratch Heirloom Granola Bars

Tweet Kerri Cacciata is the chef in residence at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano, a non-profit educational center that teaches hands-on environmental solutions for homes, workplaces and communities (TheEcologyCenter.org). Cacciata prepares dishes for events and whips up made-from-scratch … Continue reading

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Irresistible Layered Bombay Spread Meets Newest SOMM Documentary

Tweet Food and wine offer so many surprises. There is always something new to learn. Recently I joined longtime Huntington Harbour residents Darlos and Dave Cauble at their home for a sneak peek at Jason Wise’s new documentary, “Somm: Into … Continue reading

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