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Duck Breast a la Pascal Perfect

Chef-Restaurateur Pascal Olhats cooks duck breasts to perfection. He sears them stove-top, then finishes them off in the oven. Watch the video to see his secrets. During Timothy J. Clark’s watercolor exhibit at Sherman Gardens (through April 11), Pascal will be serving an irresistible duck breast dish as part of his art-fusion menu at Cafe Jardin.For the video shot in…

Salty Sweet Brittle That Says “More Please”

Cooking, Recipes By Mar 31, 2011

WHITE TABLE SALT? Tut, tut. How predictable. How about something unusual from the world of specialty salts? Lingerie pink from Peru.Oyster gray from France.Rust red or jet black from Hawaii.Brown-sugar amber from Denmark. And many more. To season foods that cook a long time, or water for cooking pasta or soups, kosher salt works fine (kosher salt is an additive…

Best Easy Dessert Looks Fancy – Blackberry Napoleons

Individual Blackberry Napoleons Crazy about “Desserts 4 Today” by Abigail Johnson Dodge (Taunton Press, $17.95). It’s a treasure trove of flavorful desserts that utilize no more than four ingredients. No prepared mixes are used, just components that are packed with flavor. Lots of fresh fruit, and I like that. I have lazy days. But mostly, I have way-too-busy days. With…

Fork Up Springtime Flavor With Luscious Vegetable Combo

‘Working on recipes for Book #3! ‘Made this spring-esque melange of petite peas, sugar snap peas, Belgian endives and shiitake mushrooms. Absolutely delicious. I fell in love. OK, I used frozen petite baby peas and they were delectable. You can use fresh peas, you who have the time and maybe a backyard garden. But for me the little frozen beauties…

Hail to Yvon Goetz’ Irresistible Halibut – See How

Yvon Goetz, Executive Chef at The Winery Restaurant in Tustin, makes cooking appear simple. It looks like he could do it blindfolded. He says his concoction of fresh fish with shellfish is a mainstay on the restaurant’s menu, but it is definitely easy enough to make at home. Really! The ambrosial mélange teams the seafood with roasted, oh-so-deep purple Peruvian…

Pixies From Ojai Arrive!

Cooking, Recipes By Mar 08, 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…