Author Archives: Cathy Thomas

Fun Times with Zoodles, Vegetable Pasta Made with Spiral-Cutter Gizmo

Tweet “Spiralize” has become a verb, at least in the lingo of spiral slicer enthusiasts. The spiral slicer gizmos, affectionately dubbed “zoodlers” or “spiralizers,” cut raw vegetables and fruits into thick or thin pasta-like stands (as well as wide ribbon-like … Continue reading

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Zov and Louie Will Cook at the James Beard House in NYC

Tweet Many say that cooking at the James Beard House for a chef, is like performing at Carnegie Hall is for a musician. Zov Karamardian, executive chef-owner of Zov’s Bistro, Zov’s Cafes and Zov’s Anaheim, with join culinary director Louie … Continue reading

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Moulin’s Croque Madame, Extraordinaire

Tweet  Mais Oui, Ham and Eggs are More Than Breakfast Oozing with melted Gruyere cheese-spiked béchamel sauce layered with thin-cut Parisian ham, the croque monsieur sandwich has been the menu star at French cafes for over 100 years. When a … Continue reading

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Full-Fat Leads the Way, Yogurt Fans

Tweet FULL-FAT yogurt is a game changer. Thicker, creamier, and more alluring, its luxurious texture and flavor  … enables it to masquerade as ice cream or sour cream, the plain unflavored style edging out more complicated savory toppings on dishes … Continue reading

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Pumping Up Roasted Vegetables – Chef Jeffrey Boullt, SOCIAL in Costa Mesa, Masters Veg

Tweet  Roasted Vegetables with French Feta and Meyer Lemon Salsa Verde   I ate his Kurobuta pig head, carnitas style with warm tortillas and assorted sauces. The experience was a combination of sublime enjoyment and suppressed jitters, an off-the-beaten path … Continue reading

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Dinner Tonight, Easy Peasy!

Tweet   I always feel a proud sense of accomplishment when I prepare an inviting evening  meal in less than 30 minutes. A tasty weeknight dinner with fresh ingredients and loads of vibrant flavors. I get a little smug. Happy-smug. … Continue reading

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Retired Ice Hockey Star- Restaurateur, Teemu Selanne Grills and Thrills At Home – Dinosaur Bones

Tweet The allure of grilling seems obvious, especially when it comes to meat cookery. The taming of flame and smoke has a primordial vibe, the welcome challenge of creating scrumptious flavor and texture while conquering flare-ups, cool downs or interruptions. … Continue reading

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Chocolate and Hazelnuts: A Blissful Marriage In This Bread Pudding

Tweet Sarah Daniels is the first female executive chef to head up a kitchen in a Del Frisco’s Grille, the chain of trendy bar-and-grill eateries that have more than 20 locations from coast to coast.   Daniels took culinary charge … Continue reading

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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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