Cooking

Azmin Ghahreman, chef-owner of Sapphire Laguna in Laguna Beach makes Harira, one of the best soups on the planet.

Cooking, Videos By December 8, 2010

Azmin Ghahreman’s dishes are a delectable marriage of aroma, flavor and texture. Often his unique spice blends play an irresistible role, adding a just-right amount of taste-bud bling. He was born in Iran and raised in Switzerland. His Harira, a Middle Eastern soup with garbanzo beans, lamb and angel-hair pasta, reflects some of the alluring spices savored in his youth….

Chef Thomas Keller’s Salt-Crusted Striped Bass

Cooking, Videos By December 8, 2010

It was as if President Obama was coming to my house for dinner. That’s how excited I was. (Yes, this was written during a different administration.) Thomas Keller, widely regarded as the top chef in America, was due at my Huntington Beach home to tape a cooking video with me. The chef-proprietor of The French Laundry (Yountville) and Per Se…