Recipes

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…

Roasted Asparagus with Crunchy Parmesan Cheese? Please!

Cooking, Recipes By September 7, 2016

Asparagus and cheese – a marriage made in food heaven. Roast asparagus topped with crunchy Parmesan cheese is a favorite. The short video shows how easy it is! Roasted Asparagus with Crunchy ParmesanYield: 4 servings3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil1 1/2 bunches medium-sized asparagus, tough bottom portion of stems trimmed offCoarse salt, such as kosher, to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon)1/2 cup…

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…

Pickled Summertime: All In Good Brine

Cooking, Recipes By August 8, 2016

QUICK-PICKLED – “REFRIGERATOR FRUIT PICKLES”: No steaming water bath or hours spent in a hot kitchen laboring with knife work. Quick pickling is fast and easy. Refreshing and unbelievably simple to do, summer fruit tastes delicious pickled this way. Some suggestions … *They make a tangy cocktails; use as a garnish or muddle with gin, fresh lime juice and simple…

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…