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Cobb Salad Upgrade – The Lobster-Instead Makeover

Chefs, Cooking, Recipes, Restaurants By July 7, 2011

How could a classic Cobb Salad get any better? Swap out the chicken breast with lobster meat. Chris Hutten, Chef-Partner at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Newport Beach, garnishes a minus-the-chicken Cobb mix with steamed and chilled Maine lobster. Revered for its flavor and texture, lobster also adds visual drama to the dish. Hutten fans slices of shell-off…

Recipe Clutter – Under a Mountain of MMMmmmmmm

Cooking, Recipes By July 4, 2011

My office looks like a crazy person lives there. A cookbook hoarder. A food crazed nut-job. For years, my notes appeared in the margins of cookbooks. As I prepared a recipe, I inked-in my ideas, crossing out ingredients or adding ingredients, changing cooking times and scribbling ways that I thought would make the dish tastier. Ah, hah. Then the digital…

These Artichokes Speak Italiano

Chefs, Cooking, Recipes, Restaurants By June 25, 2011

Italian-born Massimo Navarretta has the heart and soul of a farmer. The artichokes and large-bulb green onions he used in this delectable dish were from his gardens. Navarretta, Executive Chef-Owner of Onotria in Costa Mesa, doesn’t mind that strangers sometimes mistake him for James Gandolfini, the actor who played the lead in HBO’s hit series “The Sopranos.” Once, at South…

Appetizer Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce, Gotta Have One More

Chefs, Cooking, Recipes, Restaurants By June 23, 2011

Half Lamb, Half Beef: The flavor will knock your socks off. Light texture and plenty of alluring spices. Plus the crunch of pita chips. Frisky Tzatziki. Oh my.And a  just-right heat comes from harissa (North African chili paste – sold at Whole Foods, Middle Eastern markets and some supermarkets that stock a wide variety of imported goods). Watch the video…

Giving a Bridal Shower – Mona the Bride, The Food, The Chocolate

Chefs, Cooking, Event, Recipes By June 19, 2011

How do you give an elegant-but-easy Bridal Shower? No problem. The bride, Mona Shah, has loads of pals who happen to be chefs. Along with me, the co-hosts were some of OC’s most talented culinarians: Cathy Pavlos (Lucca, Irvine), Delia Snyder (Don the Beachcomber, Huntington Beach), Deb Schneider (Sol, Newport Beach) and Phyllis Ann Marshall (FoodPower, Newport Beach). The co-host…

Best Greek Pastry – Opah! It’s Delectable.

Chefs, Cooking, Event, Recipes By June 15, 2011

Crisp filo soaks up lemon-scented syrup. Inside? Luscious custard. Kathy Gabriel along with other members of Irvine’s Saint Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church are in the midst of a cooking-baking marathon to prepare for the upcoming Taste of Greece Annual Festival (June 24, 25, and 26). The festival offers everything from Greek folk dancing lessons to carnival rides, but to my…