Chefs

Easy Chinese-Style Appetizers, Katie Chin Style

Chefs, Cooking, Recipes By September 27, 2016

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 show “Double Happiness.” I joined her in the Melissa’s Produce kitchen to test out some of her favorite recipes from her…

Cooking Class with Chef Michael Rossi, The Ranch

Chefs, Recipes, Restaurants By September 26, 2016

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 – high above the restaurant. Twenty-four students sipped sparkling wine in this intimate-yet-high tech setting while watching Rossi’s every move. If…

Shaker Salad with just-right salty-sweet elements to make it irresistible

Chefs, Cooking, Recipes By August 30, 2016

I love Giada’s Shaker Salad. Limp greens and soggy veggies are often the fate of a made-ahead salad destined for the lunchbox. In Giada De Laurentiis’ newest cookbook, “Happy Cooking,” she provides a shaker jar strategy. Chill. Shake. Enjoy. Start with a wide-mouth quart-size jar. Giada’s Shaker SaladYield: 1 serving1 tablespoon store-bought hummus1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin…

Luscious Layered Panna Cotta, Eye Candy from Chef David Rossi

Chefs, Cooking, Recipes By June 28, 2016

Chocolate Panna Cotta layered with raspberry and passion fruit “jellies.” David Rossi, award-winning executive pastry chef at The Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim, triumphs long before dessert arrives. Served at the start, his puffed-to perfection, piping hot popovers accompanied with house-made jam, show off his skill and attention to detail. The dessert finales reaffirm Rossi’s expertise. Some are classics, his versions…

Ecology Center’s From-Scratch Heirloom Granola Bars

Chefs, Recipes By June 1, 2016

Kerri Cacciata is the chef in residence at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano, a non-profit educational center that teaches hands-on environmental solutions for homes, workplaces and communities (TheEcologyCenter.org). Cacciata prepares dishes for events and whips up made-from-scratch jams and products to sell at the Center’s gift shop. Leading workshops on topics such as food preserving and seed saving…

Cha Cha’s Short Rib Tacos, Cinco de Mayo or Any Time

Chefs, Cooking, Recipes, Restaurants By April 30, 2016

Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen in Brea is a Mexican cantina with a frisky vibe. At the heart of its allure are the boldly-flavored dishes and handcrafted drinks. The menu showcases unique twists on Latin American cuisine, modern takes on everything from wood-oven roasted Jidori chicken spiked with Yucatan spices, to the decadent caldo with a saffron-tomato broth rich in fresh…

Chef-Restaurateur-Top Chef Star Amar Santana: A look back at his amazing breakfast magic

Chefs, Cooking, Recipes, Restaurants By March 17, 2016

Amar’s Creamy Grits, Four-Minute Egg and Honey-Glazed Smoked Bacon ‘Just can’t put into words how proud I am of super chef Amar Santana. Not only is he a highly successful chef-restaurateur, but he has used his talent and perseverance to work his way to the top on Bravo’s highly-competitive  “Top Chef” TV show. Years ago, before he opened his restaurants…

Corned Beef Sliders, St. Patrick’s Day or Any Day

Chefs, Recipes, Restaurants By March 7, 2016

Chef Roman Jimenez knows that using the very best ingredients yields bigger flavors and better textures.  As executive chef at Macallans Public House in Brea Downtown, he advocates “from-scratch” cuisine. His irresistible Corned Beef Sliders showcase the best of the best. He corns his own beef in-house, a brine-then-sous vide operation. He makes his own pickles. And his scrumptious slider…