OCfoodies's Blog – June 2011 Archive (27)

Warm Beet Salad with Endive and Chevre Recipe!

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 pounds beets, washed and quartered

7 Tablespoons olive oil, divided

Salt, pepper, to taste

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

6 Tablespoons minced mint

1 teaspoon lemon zest

2 heads endive, sliced into thin julienne strips or 1 head frisee can be used

1 bunch…

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Added by OCfoodies on June 30, 2011 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Asian Chicken Salad with Sesame Cilantro Dressing!

Serves 6

Ingredients



2 whole, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed, halved

3 cups low sodium chicken broth

1 red pepper, halved, seeded, julienned

1 small jicama, peeled, julienned

1/2 pound snow peas, trimmed, blanched

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons minced ginger

1/2…

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Added by OCfoodies on June 30, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Come Fly with Chapter One: the modern local at Sinatra Sunday’s!

For the locals looking to enjoy the laziness of a Sunday afternoon with $5 bottomless mimosa flights and brunch entrees, Chapter One: the modern local introduces Sinatra Sundays. Frank Sinatra loved, brawled, had style, and exemplified the library, meets pub,… Continue

Added by OCfoodies on June 29, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

NOLET’S Silver Roquette Gin Recipe! Cheers!

As the summer sun looms and herb gardens are in full bloom here's a cocktail recipe inspired by the summer solstice and The New Face of Gin - NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin.  

From garden to glass, Jaren Signh of Stonehill Tavern at the St. Regis Resort in Dana Point has created a refreshing sip to savor this season using the unique flavor of…

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Added by OCfoodies on June 29, 2011 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Soft-Shell Crab season has arrived at King’s Fish House!

Between July and September, King’s Fish House restaurants celebrate soft-shell crab season! Soft-shell crabs are flown to Orange County live from Crisfield, Maryland several times a week. There’s no need for crab crackers to enjoy this sweet and tender traditional East Coast favorite. Once cleaned, the entire crab is edible.

Starting on July 6, King’s Fish…

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Added by OCfoodies on June 29, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Bruxie Exercises Freedom to Feature Grand Specials this 4th of July!

Having received international attention for its unique concept known best for its sweet and savory gourmet waffle sandwich offerings, Bruxie has created a 4th of July holiday special that is worthy of fireworks! In honor of the American holiday, Bruxie’s culinary team…

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Added by OCfoodies on June 29, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

What to Eat and What to Avoid at Your Fourth of July Barbecue!

It seems harmless enough. A scoop here, a nibble there, a handful of this and a few of those. But if you're trying to stay healthy this Fourth of July weekend, the average summer barbecue can leave you feeling less than celebratory. With an estimated 76 million Americans who say they participated in a barbecue during the last year, that's a lot of potentially…

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Added by OCfoodies on June 28, 2011 at 5:39pm — No Comments

June 28th is National Tapioca Day!

Tapioca is a root starch derived from the cassava, or yuca plant. The cassava plant is native to South America and the West Indies, where its thick, fibrous roots are used in a variety of forms: bread flour, laundry starch, an alcoholic brew, and of course, tapioca pudding. It's often used to thicken soups and sweeten the flavor of baked goods and it is the main ingredient in…

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Added by OCfoodies on June 28, 2011 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Prego Ristorante Explores California Wine Heritage with a Five-Course Wine Dinner

Prego Ristorante explores the pioneering roots of California winegrowing during a special wine dinner with Villa Mt. Eden on Friday, July 15 at 7 p.m.  Chef Ugo Allesina has created a five-course menu paired with four wines from Villa Mt. Eden, one of the few wineries established around the 1880s that exists today. The dinner, priced at $54.95 per guest (excluding tax &…

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Added by OCfoodies on June 28, 2011 at 11:58am — No Comments

Michael Voltaggio: The Art of Presentation on August 4th at 1:30pm at the OC Fair!

Winner on Season 6 of the award-winning Bravo show Top Chef, Michael Voltaggio has spent more than half of his life in the kitchen, starting at the age of 15. Chef Voltaggio will present cuisine that reflects the technique and style of today’s modern chef.

At 31 years old, Michael Voltaggio follows in his older…

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Added by OCfoodies on June 23, 2011 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Carla Hall: Comfort Food on July 28th at 5pm at the OC Fair!

Finalist on Season 5 of the award-winning Bravo show Top Chef, Carla Hall believes in cooking from the heart. With her whimsical charm and contagious personality, Chef Carla will share her recipe for bringing love and joy into the kitchen.

“Ticky‐boo” … “Hootie‐hoo!” … “Toodles Poodles!” Carla Hall’s…

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Added by OCfoodies on June 23, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Rick Moonen: Sustainable Seafood Communications on August 11th at 1:30pm at the OC Fair!

An advocate for sustainable fishing and seafood, Chef Rick Moonen’s passion for conservation has led him to national acclaim. Direct from his restaurant rm seafood at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Chef Rick will present a sustainable seafood dish.

A native New Yorker, Moonen graduated first in his class from…

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Added by OCfoodies on June 23, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

June 23 is National Pecan Sandie Day!

The origin of pecan sandies is believed to be rooted in medieval Arab cuisine. It is thought that many similar sweet cookies in European and Western cuisine may have evolved from the sugar-rich baked goods from the Middle East. Specifically, pecan sandies more than…

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Added by OCfoodies on June 23, 2011 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Duff Goldman: Culinary Artisan on July 21st at 1:30pm at the OC Fair!

Star of the Food Network’s Ace of Cakes, Duff Goldman is known for his unusual and daring creations. Join Chef Duff as he shares his tips and secrets for making spectacular, larger-than-life cakes.…

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Added by OCfoodies on June 23, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Chocolate: The Exhibition at MUZEO

From rainforest treasure to luscious treat—immerse yourself in the world of chocolate.  A gift for the gods.  A symbol of wealth and luxury.  An economic livelihood.  Bon bons.  Hot fudge.  Candy bars. 

For thousands of years humans have been fascinated with the delicious phenomenon that we call “chocolate.”  Journey through history to get the complete story behind the…

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Added by OCfoodies on June 22, 2011 at 4:04pm — No Comments

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE HISTORY OF CHOCOLATE

Born in the Ancient World:

* Most likely, cacao was first domesticated by the Olmec, in the humid lowlands of the Mexican Gulf Coast, between about 1800 and 300 BCE. 

* The first conclusive evidence we have of chocolate consumption dates from the Classic Period of the Ancient Maya of Mexico and…

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Added by OCfoodies on June 22, 2011 at 3:53pm — No Comments

IN PRAISE OF CHOCOLATE

“The divine drink which builds up resistance and fights fatigue.  A cup of this precious drink permits man to walk for a whole day without food.”

 -Hernando Cortés, 1519

 

“It’s strengthening, restorative, and apt to repair decayed strength and make people strong.”

 -Louis Lemery,…

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Added by OCfoodies on June 22, 2011 at 3:29pm — No Comments

FASCINATING FACTS: And a Quiz for Those Who Think They Know Their Chocolate!

Did You Know?

 

About the cacao…

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Added by OCfoodies on June 22, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

EAT, DRINK, AND BE CHOCOLATE: Chocolate Recipes from around the World!

Drink of the Maya
To make the spicy chocolate drink enjoyed by the Maya some 1500 years ago, you really should start from…
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Added by OCfoodies on June 22, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

KNOW YOUR CHOCOLATES: A Glossary of Chocolate Terms

Chocolate comes in many forms today.  Regardless of the type, processing begins by extracting, fermenting, drying, and roasting the cacao seeds (also called beans), removing the shell and skin, and leaving the tasty nibs.

 

Cacao refers to the…

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Added by OCfoodies on June 22, 2011 at 2:17pm — No Comments

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