Author Archives: Cathy Thomas

Indian Appetizers Guests Will Gleefully Gobble

Tweet Serve these to guests and they’ll gobble them down with gusto. Snacking is a part of everyday life in India.  I was delighted to find a wide variety of delectable chaats (savory street-style snacks) at ADYA restaurant at the … Continue reading

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Gizmo Can Can: New Canning Contraption Cuts Work and Heat

Tweet New canning contraption changes the game … Dad said that his mother never cried. He could remember only one long-ago exception that brought tears. That was the winter day when the shelves collapsed in the basement of their Midwest … Continue reading

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Lobster Marries Crab: Slapfish’s Clobster Roll

Tweet Andrew Gruel, chef and CEO of Slapfish Restaurant Group, knows what makes an irresistible lobster roll. His repertoire also includes a crab-spiked rendition dubbed a Clobster Roll, a half New England lobster-half Dungeness crabmeat creation. It hoists the allure … Continue reading

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Alfonso Ramirez’ Seared Albacore Salad Reaches for the Stars

Tweet Alfonso Ramirez learned in baby steps in his childhood home. Eat. Walk. Cook … The executive chef at Pinot Provence, Costa Mesa, says that his chef-father is his culinary hero and was the one responsible for his early training. … Continue reading

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Best Farro Dish Ever: Chef Eric Samaniego, Little Sparrow

Tweet Little Sparrow’s Warm Farro Salad with Arugula When I query friends about Little Sparrow, the modern American cafe in downtown Santa Ana, they struggle to pinpoint their favorite dish. They are indecisive because a top choice is blurred when … Continue reading

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Secrets from A Restaurant’s Chef Jon Blackford – His Irresistible Halibut

Tweet Sample one of Jon Blackford’s Imperial Wagyu strip steaks, and you may never want to explore other entree options. The meat is so richly flavored and the texture so velvety, it could be addictive.  Blackford, executive chef at A … Continue reading

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Temptation: Indian Street Foods, There and Here

Tweet India totally enchants some visitors. Count me among them. My recent journey left me with joyful impressions of captivating sites and bold colors, vistas set against an exuberant backdrop of rhythms and scents. Imagine the syncopated toots of rickshaw … Continue reading

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Best Appetizer Pancakes Ever from Lark Creek Newport Beach

Tweet John Ledbetter’s pancakes could make you forget the traditional limp breakfast disks that whisper a bland one-dimensional tune.   No drizzle of butter or syrup is necessary for these vibrant appetizer cakes. This short video shows how Ledbetter, executive … Continue reading

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Treasured Time with Maya Angelou: Her Words, Her Cooking

Tweet Ten years ago I had the opportunity to interview Maya Angelou about cooking, life and love.  The time spent wasn’t rushed. She was generous of thought and deed.  Here is a portion of the story I wrote about it: … Continue reading

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Master Baker Dean Kim, OC Baking Company, Bakes Home-Style Fancy Mini Baguettes Epis

Tweet Dean Kim, executive baker-owner of OC Baking Company, is the go-to baker for many of the finest restaurants in Orange County.   The splurge-worthy burgers at Noah Blom’s ARC in Costa Mesa are encased in OC Baking Company’s potato-buttermilk … Continue reading

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