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Cathy Thomas

Fire and Ice a la Cantaloupe

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes By August 13, 2020

This recipe is a perfect example of food that excites more than one area of the palate. It blends the cool sweetness of melon with sour lime and hot chili syrup. Any ripe, firm-fleshed melon will work work here. Once the chili syrup is made, this dish can be thrown together just before serving. “Fire and Ice” CantaloupeYield: 8 servings1/3…

Chocolate, Caramel and Shortbread In One Delicious Bar Cookie

Cookbooks, Cooking, Holidays, Recipes By July 21, 2020

Thank you, Carole Bloom. These Chocolate-Caramel Shortbread Bars are one of my all-time favorite bar cookies. The recipe is from Bloom’s book, “Caramels” (Gibbs Smith, $24.99). These delicate, very full-flavored bars bring together all my favorites. The dark brown sugar used to make the shortbread provides a richer taste than traditional shortbread that is made with white sugar. But it…

Summer Cherry Tomatoes – Two Scrumptious Appetizers

Cooking, Melissa's, Produce, Recipes By June 17, 2020

Here are two of my favorite easy appetizers that I like to make that utilize cherry tomatoes: There isn’t anything complicated about the three layer tray-passed appetizers that Yvon Goetz served (back in the day before Covid at a reception at The Winery Restaurant in Newport Beach).  I remember that guests gobbled them down and seriously jockeyed to get more….