Hail to Yvon Goetz’ Irresistible Halibut – See How

Chefs, Cooking, Recipes, Restaurants By March 14, 2011

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…

Maroon Carrots? It’s a Root Rainbow

Cooking, Recipes By March 10, 2011

I’m not a fan of machine-made “baby” carrots, those whittled down beauties that look like itty bitty bunny food. Conical perfection. Taste bud depression. Because they are most often shaved down from large carrots, the less tasteful core can make up a larger portion what is eaten. I eat them. They’re convenient. But … I think a lot of people…

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…