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Chef Ross Pangilinan Spreads His Wings – Departs Leatherby’s For His Own Mix Mix

Chefs, Cooking, Recipes, Restaurants, Uncategorized By March 31, 2017

Orange Coast Magazine’s restaurant critic Gretchen Kurz just named Mix Mix Kitchen Bar as “Restaurant of the Year.” Vision, talent and guts. That’s what it takes for a chef to leave a much respected restaurant to plunge into the hazardous waters of restaurant ownership.  Count award-winning Chef Ross Pangilinan as one of those brave owners. In December he opened Mix…

My La La Land Escapades

Chefs, Restaurants, Uncategorized By March 31, 2017

When I was attending college in Los Angeles, downtown L.A. was a ghost town after dark or on weekends. Needless to say, that was a long time ago. A recent weekend spent downtown, gave me a new perspective. It was a tease – a little three-day taste of delicious fun and thought-provoking sites. The city bustles with activity fed by…

Start the Party: Glamorous, Luscious, Easy Appetizer

Uncategorized By December 27, 2016

Five minutes and you have starters that are as delicious as they are glamorous. These beauties are lavash (bought at Trader Joe’s) spread with cream cheese and rolled around watercress (or arugula) and pickled ginger. EASY. Got 5 minutes? (Thanks to videographer Curt Norris for taping and editing this quickie video!) Ginger Roll-UpsYield: 16 servingsOne (8-ounce) plus one (3-ounce) package…

Best Appetizer: Bombay Spread!

Uncategorized By December 22, 2016

Six-Layer Bombay Cheese Yield: about 30 servings 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated 1/2 teaspoon curry powder Garnishes: 1/2 cup mango chutney 2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut 1/4 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped, see cook’s notes 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onions (include dark green stalks) 1 1/2 tablespoons dried cranberries For serving: water…

Make Limoncello Now: Perfect Gift From Your Kitchen

Uncategorized By December 1, 2016

Homemade goodies seem to capture the spirit of the holidays in a way no store-bought treasure can. Create homemade liqueurs and then sit back and enjoy the pleasure that those soul-warming libations bring as gifts. Homemade liqueurs don’t take a lot of prep time. However, they do require advance planning and patience during the aging period. All fruits carry bacteria…