December 2, 2001
Karen Wight If you are entertaining this holiday season or have offered to bring an appetizer to a party, I have five easy hors d'oeuvre recipes that look great, taste even better and will get you in and out of the kitchen in no time flat. Thank you to friends who were willing to share their secrets and to Trader Joe's, which always has great suggestions. Bon appetit! Bridget's Brie 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup dried fruit 1/2 cup nuts 3/8 cup cream sherry 1 brie triangle Mix the first four ingredients and pour the mix over the brie.
December 15, 2006
Winning recipes from the first-ever Simply Manischewitz Cook-Off at the Hilton's kosher kitchen in Costa Mesa. Pea and fennel soup Ingredients: 2 pounds frozen or fresh peas 21 fluid ounces of Manischewitz chicken broth 1 cup diced celery 1 cup diced white potato 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 diced leek, the white part only 1 diced fennel 1/3 cup light brown sugar salt and pepper Preparation: ...
July 29, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — A restaurant whose owners claim they can serve food that's good for you and still tastes great is opening its doors Monday at Fashion Island. Called True Food Kitchen, the basis of the menu is rooted in a concept that came from a Harvard-educated doctor and writer who's twice been on the cover of Time magazine and has appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "Larry King Live." Dr. Andrew Weil, 68, a Philadelphia native who broke into literary stardom in 1972 with "The Natural Mind," has teamed up with restaurant owner Sam Fox, 41. Fox, of Scottsdale, Ariz.
September 20, 2004
Alicia Robinson While drinking a glass of olive oil isn't an appetizing idea, the oil has more in common with wine than you might expect. Oils from different regions of the world can range in taste from fruity to peppery, depending on where the olives are grown and how they're processed. A new store at Fashion Island caters to those who select oils with as much care as they would a Beaujolais or a Riesling. Oliviers & Co. specializes in olive oils from small growers in Spain, Greece and Turkey, to name a few. The store also sells vinegars, some pasta and sauces and several kinds of tapenade, an olive-paste spread.
September 27, 2012
Numerous novels and nonfiction books depict aspects of deception, trickery and illusion. Here are a few samples of books that debunk the idea that "what you see is what you get. " "Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil " by Tom Mueller Olive oil, a symbol of purity due to its medicinal abilities, beauty aid and vitality to religious ritual, has become deeply corrupt according to Mueller. He claims that the olive oil industry has many levels of interest: those who are interested in seeing quality extra virgin olive oil gain its rightful place on the shelf, and those who need to be held responsible for their deliberate label misrepresentations of the product.
November 7, 2003
Greer Wylder Since the 1970s, when Shigeo Iwata visited from Japan, he dreamed of owning a business in Costa Mesa. He was enamored by Newport's beaches and its friendly neighborhoods. It's his "hometown" in the United States. For the past seven years, he's owned the popular Iwata Sushi & Seafood in the Valley at Ventura Boulevard's competitive "sushi row." Now, after 15 years' experience as a respected sushi chef, he is the chef and owner of Costa Mesa's newest sushi restaurant: Iwata Sushi & Seafood on East 17th Street.
November 4, 2004
KAREN WIGHT Everything that Chef Mila creates is spectacular. Her salads, main courses and desserts are amazing. Basically, if she cooks it, I'll eat it ... and love it. I do, however, have a soft spot for appetizers. Karen's ultimate dinner would consist entirely of hors d'oeuvres. I like a little bit of everything, or sometimes a lot of everything. Chef Mila has a few new appetizer recipes just in time for holiday entertaining. I have tasted these creations, and they are good -- very good.
December 18, 2003
KAREN WIGHT Let's see, Christmas is a week from today, Hanukkah starts Friday and the harbor is full of festive boats. I'd say that calls for a toast and a nosh. My gift to you: a few Wight house tested-and- approved recipes. Seasoned Greetings. Toasted Nuts with Lemon Pepper and Fried Capers 6 cups mixed nuts 2 cups capers 1/2-cup olive oil 3 tablespoons Lawry's lemon pepper Fry the capers in olive oil over medium heat until lightly browned, about five minutes.
December 4, 2008
Sandcastle Mono- gramming & Gifts is a gem of a store on Balboa Island for finding personalized gifts to monogram. The gift selections include baby items, bridal gifts, towels, robes, totes and more! And all prices include personal monogramming. Some of the most popular items include bright and fun insulated lunch bags for adults (make great teacher gifts); sleepover pillowcases with autographed pens for birthday parties or camps; Blanket Buddies, which are plush animals and security blankets all in one; lingerie bags for brides; surfboard shaped beach towels, silk jewelry rolls, and laundry bags for college-bound teens.
December 2, 1999
Stephen Santacroce I often find myself with a dilemma when choosing a place to have lunch. I don't always want to spend the money or the time at a fancy, sit-down restaurant, but the alternative of fast food joints or commercial sandwich shops don't excite me either. Luckily, Cafe Panini in Corona del Mar fills this niche nicely, offering specialty sandwiches and salads in a lively, European-style setting. Cafe Panini sits on PCH next to Tiramasu, formerly Bella Teresa Ristorante, formerly Matteo's Restaurant.