Chefs

Woman to Watch: Who ME?

Chefs, Cookbooks, Cooking By March 8, 2011

OK, OC METRO! I’m flattered to be included in the 20 Women to Watch list. Not sure that I’m hotter the Betty White! But, here is what they had to say: First job:I taught kindergarten in Fountain Valley at Cox Elementary. Worst job: Selling cheap cologne door-to-door at Christmastime when I was 14. Biggest break: The Register let me write…

Irresistible Cookies Whether Dubbed Whoopie Pies or Moon Pies

Chefs, Cooking, Restaurants By February 25, 2011

Michael Owens, Executive Pastry Chef at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach, shares his recipe and tips for making Moon Pies One of his most popular treats is one of the simplest. His Moon Pie Cookies, buttery marshmallow fluff-style filling sandwiched between dark chocolate cake-like discs, are impossible to resist. Some might argue that these rich cookies should be dubbed…

True Food Kitchen’s Winning Tuscan Kale Salad

Chefs, Cooking, Recipes, Restaurants By February 19, 2011

Nathan Coulon, former chef at True Food Kitchen at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, shared one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, a delectable salad that is so easy to prepare, it’s perfect to make at home. The restaurant’s menu is based on the principals of Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet and food pyramid. Nutrient dense kale, the focal point of…

Put Leftover Risotto to Work!

Chefs, Cooking, Recipes, Restaurants By December 27, 2010

Justin Miller, executive chef at Pizzeria Ortica in Costa Mesa, creates beautiful, market-inspired dishes that showcase his produce purchases. Most Wednesdays, he drives to Chino Farms in Rancho Santa Fe to buy seasonal fruit and vegetables for the restaurant’s menu. Chino Farms’ focus is on flavor, harvesting fruits and vegetables each day at the peak of ripeness. One of my…

Chefs Cry! Lucca’s American Salumi Just Too Good

Chefs, Cooking, Restaurants By December 16, 2010

SALUMI TEARS: Cathy Pavlos, chef-owner of LUCCA in Irvine,  made some visiting Italian chefs cry. After they enjoyed a platter of glorious salumi, she told them it was American-made. They didn’t believe her.  She brought out the proof.  Two of them wept. Salt-curing and air-drying meats and sausages is a centuries-old artisanal tradition in Italy. But … American artisanal salumi…

One of the Best Cookbooks for Holiday Gifting

Chefs, Cookbooks, Cooking, Recipes By December 14, 2010

Even the most scurrilous Scrooge on my gift-giving list seems to appreciate the appeal of cookbook gifts. “BAKE! Essential Techniques for Perfect Baking” by Nick Malgieri (Kyle Books, $29.95), 224 pages “This book is meant to have enough easy, straightforward baking recipes that people who haven’t baked before can use successfully,” says author Nick Malgieri, who heads up the baking…

Ming Tsai shares secrets of his Mom's Famous Vinegar Shrimp

Chefs, Recipes, Restaurants By December 10, 2010

Chef Ming Tsai’s latest book is filled with quick and easy weeknight dishes that can be prepared in one pan. Most recipes are short enough to fit on one page and use relatively inexpensive ingredients. They produce delectable concoctions, often showcasing classic Asian fare tweaked with subtle trademark twists. He says that he sometimes “francophiles” a dish, using a smattering…

TV chef Ina Garten has simple advice

Celebrity Interviews, Chefs, Cookbooks By December 8, 2010

Ina Garten’s new book sold out before her signing began. Williams-Sonoma left nothing to chance, organizing myriad fans into tidy lines that snaked out of South Coast Plaza‘s interior onto the sidewalk. The much loved host of the Food Network’s “Barefoot Contessa” thinks the easiest parties are the most fun – not just for the host but for everyone. She…