Author Archives: Cathy Thomas

Blackberries to the Rescue: Delicious and Nutrient Dense

Tweet Blackberries are such jolly fruit, their tiny juice sacs begging for pearly whites to burst them into juice. The inky nectar is a seductive blend of deep sweet-tart flavors, the flesh that encases it a counterpoint of gentle crunch. … Continue reading

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Call it Pasta e Fagioli or Pasta Fazool: Here’s The Best from Brunos

Tweet Pasta e fagioli, the classic Italian hodgepodge of pasta and beans, takes on irresistible flavor and texture at Brunos Trattoria in Brea. Often pronounced “pasta fazool” in the U.S., Brunos’ version is rich with vegetables and has a just-right … Continue reading

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Carla Hall from “The Chew” Conquers Swamp Thing at Zov’s

Tweet TV Personality and Chef, Carla Hall, recently teamed up with Zov Karamardian to net over $20,000 for the James Beard Foundation’s culinary scholarship program. It was a luscious fundraiser. (Yes, Zov and I are shorter than Carla.) Carla Hall … Continue reading

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Selanne’s Heavenly Scallops – Sauce Balances Sweet and Sour Flavors to Perfection

Tweet Joshua Severson’s culinary talents aren’t limited to topnotch red meat cookery. The executive chef for Teemu Selanne’s steak-centric restaurant in Laguna Beach, Severson also works his magic with seafood. His impressive work experience includes a stint working with celebrity … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day Fare – The Essentials and The Frills

Tweet St. Patrick’s Day is a party day enjoyed by Irish and Irish-wannabes alike. From coast to coast, at the core of the celebration is satisfying, easy-to-prepare fare. It’s the corned beef and cabbage that first comes to mind. The … Continue reading

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Grain Salads – So Very Delicious, So Very Healthy

Tweet   Trying to make sense of what comprises a healthful diet can be a challenge. The news is filled with information about what not to eat, which sometimes leads to a what-to-eat conundrum. Most experts say that the solution … Continue reading

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SOLITA! Grilled Corn Elote – so easy, so delicious AND Best Queso Fundido

Tweet Deborah Schneider, executive chef-partner at Solita (Huntington Beach) and SOL Cocina (Newport Beach and Scottsdale, AZ), draws on her rich culinary background to bring the seductive flavors and relaxing vibe of the Baja Pennisula to the plate. Street foods … Continue reading

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Easiest Chicken Ever – Snoozes Overnight in Slow Cooker

Tweet USE THIS SLOW COOKER CHICKEN in recipes that call for cooked chicken! Fall off the bone tender and juicy shredded chicken. Easy, very easy. Sometimes less is more. Fewer ingredients to gather and a minimal amount of dishes to … Continue reading

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Banana Bread Pudding Voted Best Dessert in OC

Tweet Debra Sims’ Banana Bread Pudding is so scrumptious that it won Best Dessert in Orange County at the 2013 Golden Foodie Awards. Sims, the executive chef at Maro Wood Grill in Laguna Beach, turns humble bread pudding to an … Continue reading

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Five Ingredient Wonders – Delicious and No Canned Soup, Baby!

Tweet Five ingredients (or less), yes, and no canned cream of celery soup! So darn easy … Sometimes less is more. Fewer ingredients to gather and a minimal amount of dishes to wash is appealing, especially after the challenge of … Continue reading

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