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Pixies From Ojai Arrive!

Cooking, Recipes By March 8, 2011

Melissa’s Pixie tangerines hit the market this week! I love to put them in my mother’s old burl bowl, and place the display someplace handy. Tangerines for snacking, or to use in salads, sauces, desserts or entrees. Or how about a tangerine-juice-based cocktail? Delicious. Pixies are a variety of tangerines, diminutive orange orbs that are available late in the season…

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…

Flat-Out, The Best Pancakes

Cooking, Recipes By February 7, 2011

My swami loves pancakes. But finding the cloud-like hot cakes that he remembers from his childhood has been a bit of an obsession for this gentle man who holds a master’s degree in Asian medicine. He isn’t a swami, per se. I call him that with respect and affection. He’s a board-certified acupuncturist, a fellow that seems to have found…

2010 Best Restaurant Dishes

Cooking, Restaurants By January 1, 2011

Of course it’s crazy for me to think that I can whittle down my favorite-dish list. I’ve eaten at least a hundred new-to-me dishes in restaurants this year, rejoicing in concoctions that dazzled and comforted at the same time. But we all love lists, right? So here goes – in no particular order … Start with dessert. 1. Stonehill Tavern’s…