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Studio, How Does Your Garden Grow?

Tweet Chef Gardener Kathryn Agresto, owner of Native Soil Gardens, tends and oversees the 1,000 square foot garden next to Studio at Montage Laguna. Studio’s talented executive chef, Craig Strong,  is inspired by the garden, creating dishes that are rich … Continue reading

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Zov’s Pastry Chef Shares Secrets to Gorgeous Flow Icing Topped Cut-Out Easter Cookies

Tweet Whimsy teams with artistry atop Michelle Bracken’s decorated cutout cookies. Themed to holidays, these impressive treats have become a kind of edible calendar for patrons at Zov’s Bistro and Bakery in Tustin, where Bracken is the longtime executive pastry … Continue reading

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Chef Ross Pangilinan Spreads His Wings – Departs Leatherby’s For His Own Mix Mix

Tweet Orange Coast Magazine’s restaurant critic Gretchen Kurz just named Mix Mix Kitchen Bar as “Restaurant of the Year.” Vision, talent and guts. That’s what it takes for a chef to leave a much respected restaurant to plunge into the … Continue reading

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My La La Land Escapades

Tweet When I was attending college in Los Angeles, downtown L.A. was a ghost town after dark or on weekends. Needless to say, that was a long time ago. A recent weekend spent downtown, gave me a new perspective. It … Continue reading

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Chef Yvon Goetz’ Not-Your-Mama’s Braised Short Rib Hash

Tweet I bet this isn’t your mama’s hash. Certainly not my mom’s hodgepodge of leftovers and pragmatic whatnots, an impromptu mix of last night’s meat scraps and vegetables from the bin. French-born Executive Chef Yvon Goetz creates a hash of … Continue reading

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Start the Party: Glamorous, Luscious, Easy Appetizer

Tweet Five minutes and you have starters that are as delicious as they are glamorous. These beauties are lavash (bought at Trader Joe’s) spread with cream cheese and rolled around watercress (or arugula) and pickled ginger. EASY. Got 5 minutes? … Continue reading

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Best Appetizer: Bombay Spread!

Tweet Six-Layer Bombay Cheese Yield: about 30 servings 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated 1/2 teaspoon curry powder Garnishes: 1/2 cup mango chutney 2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut 1/4 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped, … Continue reading

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Brunch at The Loft: Upscale Irresistability

Tweet On a recent Sunday, I dropped in for brunch at The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach. Although I was initially focused on the splendor of the Pacific coastline, it wasn’t long before it was the dishes that had my … Continue reading

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Roasted Pears – Easy Pizzazz on the Plate

Tweet Good Tidings of Comfort and Joy, my friends. Savory OR Sweet! With meat or as dessert … I’m always looking for easy ways to create palate joy on the plate. But … without creating much work. Roasted Pears are … Continue reading

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Babette’s Twist on Cauliflower Soup: Vegan But Fabulous

Tweet Babette’s Truffled Cauliflower Almond Soup The ingredient list puzzled me. I’ve made hundreds of pureed soups, showcasing everything from asparagus to zucchini, most often including dairy products (cream, yogurt or milk) to achieve lush texture and taste. Cooking with … Continue reading

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