My Favs + Crazes

There are some fantastic things that go on in the world, especially when it comes to one of man’s greatest pastimes — eating and drinking!

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My Favs + Crazes

 

A very special chef, and a very special person, writes a very special book — Good Stock: Life on a Low Simmer — that would be Sanford D’Amato of course.

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Where exactly is Stanton, Californa? It’s between the 5 and the 22 freeways in Orange County. Does that help? More specifically, Stanton is a city located in western Orange County, California. The population was 38,186 at the 2010 census, up from 37,403 at the 2000 census. Read more »

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Author, Hillary Davis, making her home on the French Riviera for 11 years (specifically in the village of Bar-sur-Loup), is the perfect person to bring us the knowledge and conviviality of the Niçoise culture and style of cooking in Nice, France and its surrounding countryside — healthy, fresh, and local.

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Smile and Say Cheese

by Dawn (May 11, 2013)

Holly cow, holly goat, and so on and so forth. The options in the cheese case at Surfas Culinary District’s new flagship store in Costa Mesa are my fervent hopes fulfilled. Read more »

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Success is Hard Work: the first bit of information that Sylvia Main parts with the moment I ask her “What unexpected lessons have you learned or steps to success that you’ve called into play as you set out to fulfill your vision and talent to make something from nothing, Read more »

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Breakfast happens to be my favorite meal of the day and, if I am traveling, more so.  When exploring other lands, whether they be domestic or foreign, I wait in breathless anticipation (you think I am being dramatic here, but I kid you not) of what I’ll discover in a small café, from a street vendor or, as I have discovered, in the quaint B&B or inn that I have selected primarily because of a foregone conclusion that a local cook will be whipping up food that is representative of the areas unique ingredients and dishes. Read more »

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Crazy for Clafoutis

by Dawn (February 3, 2012)

I am hoping to score a few points with some of the chefs I know and love, and for that matter, with those throngs of talented chefs that I cannot possibly meet and critique in a lifetime. 

Although many of you must wonder if I ever do anything with my time other than throw seven million interview questions at you, half of which you’d rather not answer or are woefully tired of answering – you’d more likely wish to escape to jury duty.

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What do you get when you combine a practical matter (food transportation) with style? At last, a simple answer, vonny food carriers.

Many of us have spent years transporting our standout dishes to social events in paper bags (impending food misfortune beyond this point), and in various name and nameless brand camping and cold storage containers.    Read more »

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David Guas was selected among America’s most gifted pastry chefs to create a dessert for O’s, The Oprah Magazine’s tenth anniversary. Inspired by the dessert traditions of Louisiana explored in his book, DamGoodSweet, Chef Guas created a spiced “Gateau de Bayou.”

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I have always said that I am an “ace picker” when it comes to selecting chefs, artisans, purveyors, restaurant designers, and a host of other clever culinary individuals to write about. I seem to have a specialized ability, like a truffle-sniffing pooch. My claim to picker fame is an advanced sense of what sets something or someone apart from the crowd, and who or what will likely advance to the front of the pack. Read more »

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