Author Archives: Cathy Thomas

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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Cha Cha’s Short Rib Tacos, Cinco de Mayo or Any Time

Tweet Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen in Brea is a Mexican cantina with a frisky vibe. At the heart of its allure are the boldly-flavored dishes and handcrafted drinks. The menu showcases unique twists on Latin American cuisine, modern takes on … Continue reading

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Chef Shin Toyoda Perfects Sushi Roku’s Poke

Tweet Shin Toyoda, head sushi chef at Sushi Roku in Newport Beach (Fashion Island), isn’t a matchmaker. Yet he knows of five couples who met while eating his sushi, twosomes who later married. I imagine that the taste and appearance … Continue reading

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Chef-Restaurateur-Top Chef Star Amar Santana: A look back at his amazing breakfast magic

Tweet Amar’s Creamy Grits, Four-Minute Egg and Honey-Glazed Smoked Bacon ‘Just can’t put into words how proud I am of super chef Amar Santana. Not only is he a highly successful chef-restaurateur, but he has used his talent and perseverance … Continue reading

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Corned Beef Sliders, St. Patrick’s Day or Any Day

Tweet Chef Roman Jimenez knows that using the very best ingredients yields bigger flavors and better textures.  As executive chef at Macallans Public House in Brea Downtown, he advocates “from-scratch” cuisine. His irresistible Corned Beef Sliders showcase the best of … Continue reading

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