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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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Make Limoncello Now: Perfect Gift From Your Kitchen

Tweet Homemade goodies seem to capture the spirit of the holidays in a way no store-bought treasure can. Create homemade liqueurs and then sit back and enjoy the pleasure that those soul-warming libations bring as gifts. Homemade liqueurs don’t take … Continue reading

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Sweet-Spicy Melon: Easy-Perfect for Buffet-Style Entertaining

Tweet Sweet and Spicy = Delicious piquant-sweet melon. Perfect for the buffet table and holiday entertaining! Use any ripe melon for this delicious dish. I like to serve it as part of a showy buffet. (AND, remember, cantaloupe is on … Continue reading

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Easy Chinese-Style Appetizers, Katie Chin Style

Tweet Chinese tapas, yes! Cookbook author-caterer, Katie Chin, learned how to cook from her Chinese mother. She helped in the kitchen with her late mother, Leeann Chin, an award-winning restaurateur. In 2003, the two starred in a PBS national cooking … Continue reading

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Cooking Class with Chef Michael Rossi, The Ranch

Tweet Award winning executive chef at The Ranch in Anaheim, Michael Rossi, charmed  students with his skill and culinary passion in a recent cooking class. It was the first class taught in the beautiful teaching kitchen on the sixth floor … Continue reading

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