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Best Tomato Salad – The Ranch, Anaheim

Uncategorized By June 21, 2019

Tweet The Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim uses their own farm to grow 600 heirloom tomato vines that include over 90 varieties. The bounty is used in a variety of irresistible ways on the menu, including Heirloom Tomato Salad, Tomato Water, Clear-Bodied Bloody Marys. Award-winning executive chef, Michael Rossi, shared the recipe for his tomato salad, a version that I think…

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Food Can Help Or Hinder a Good Night’s Sleep

Uncategorized By June 20, 2019

Tweet It’s a no-brainer; caffeine can interfere with a good night’s sleep. But what about food, does it play a role? According to a recent Wall Street Journal story, there are foods that can keep us from snoozing. The worst offenders were fat and sugar. Darn.EAT KIWIS: According to one study reported in the WSJ, kiwis are rich in the…

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Chef Sergio Ortega’s Mushroom Tacos, A Star Among Many at Descanso

Uncategorized By June 20, 2019

Tweet Sergio Ortega, executive chef at Descanso in Costa Mesa joined me to show how to prepare irresistible mushroom-filled tacos adorned with crispy cheese. He combines boundless culinary passion with well-grounded skills, showcasing his mastery of classic Central Mexican cuisine in a tantalizing variety of street-inspired dishes. Menu items at this modern taqueria range from chicharrons with salsa to grilled…

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Restaurant of the Year: Chef Zach Geerson’s “Branzino Joy”

Uncategorized By May 7, 2019

Tweet Zach Geerson, executive chef at Journeyman’s Food and Drink in Fullerton, uses his talent to create dishes that are innovative and irresistible. With a firm footing in classic techniques mastered at The Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, he showcases alluring twists that bump up flavor and provide stunning presentations. Orange Coast Magazine named his restaurant “2019 Restaurant…

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Roasted Artichokes with Lemon Vinaigrette, Worth It!

Uncategorized By March 26, 2019

Tweet Roasting artichokes brings out their nutty, delicious flavor. The process isn’t open roasting, to my mind it is kind of a steaming in the oven, the halved olive oil-coated “arties” arranged cut-side down and covered with foil. I fell in love with them at TAPS Fish House and Brewery in Irvine. Executive chef Ryan Robertson does them to perfection…

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Chef Craig Strong Opens Ocean at Main in Laguna Beach

Uncategorized By December 17, 2018

Tweet Chef Chef Craig Strong opened Ocean at Main in Laguna Beach in October, fulfilling a long-time career dream to open his own restaurant. The location is 222 Ocean Avenue near Main Beach, and the 126-seat, 4,500-square-foot eatery is open daily for lunch and dinner (and now serves weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 to 3). Coming Full Circle…After…

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Cranberry Cake – tart berries balanced with sweet-rich goodness

Uncategorized By December 17, 2018

Tweet The tartness of fresh cranberries pairs well with sweet, buttery baked goods. This sweet-tart cake is delicious for breakfast or served as a holiday dessert accompanied with whipped cream or ice cream. It also makes a great hostess gift! It can be prepared three days in advance, wrapped airtight and stored at room temperature. Finely chop fresh crannies in…

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