Tag archives: cooking

Pride in Joy
By Claudia Schou   |   September 6, 2022

This summer I did what most practical women who love to shop for fashion and dine out do when their pocketbooks grow slimmer than a Raymond Carver story: I got a second job! Feeling a bit adventurous, I applied online for a position cooking for a local company named Pure Joy Catering. To my surprise, […]

Inspiration and a Second Chance are on the Menu: Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Launches a Culinary Program
By Claudia Schou   |   April 5, 2022

Rick H. is getting a second chance to make it right. The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission (SBRM) resident, whose full name is being withheld to protect his privacy, stands over a cutting board slicing pan-seared chicken breast. He neatly places slices on a pool of tomato feta sauce before garnishing them with chopped sautéed peppers. […]

Let’s Go Dutch
By Claudia Schou   |   February 1, 2022

If you’re craving hearty stews, meaty braises, or golden fried chicken, then maybe it’s time to buy a Dutch oven, a most versatile piece of cookware with the deep interior, heavy bottom, and tight lid that will take your winter meals to new and tantalizing heights. Enameled cast-iron, these heavy-duty pots are all-purpose: they can […]

The Joy of Cooking Together
By Ann Brode   |   December 28, 2021

This time of year, when days are short and nights are longer, it feels important to celebrate light and be light-hearted. The traditions of Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, and Kwanzaa all include lighting candles, singing songs, and feasting together. Although COVID sensibilities have pared down the numbers, we don’t have to cancel the party. Smaller […]

Mollie Moves On
By James Buckley   |   December 7, 2021

I’ve known Mollie Ahlstrand for more than 30 years. Her high-end Italian restaurant on Coast Village Road was there for more than 25 of those years. But, the fires, the floods, the debris flow, and other disasters took their toll and she moved her place to Santa Barbara three years ago, only to run into […]

Flower Power: Nasturtium Brings Back Memories and Recipes
By Calla Corner   |   June 17, 2021

It’s still amazing to me how photos posted on Instagram can bring unexpected responses. Instantly! It happily happened to me last May and my green, yellow, orange, and red creative juices started flowing. I had just posted a photo of the nasturtium pesto I’d made from the flowers and leaves in my garden. I was […]

Our Favorite Spring Garden Inspirations
By Claudia Schou   |   April 22, 2021

Celebrate the season with dishes that make the most of its best and brightest produce and pair them with fresh selections from our local fish markets. Let’s start with Meyer lemons, which are sweet and famous for their herbal aroma. As a relish, this winter and early spring citrus pairs perfectly with fresh salmon. This […]

Kitchen Memories Come Home
By Claudia Schou   |   February 25, 2021

A few nights ago, I woke up and couldn’t fall back asleep. Instead of counting sheep, I counted the number of great meals my family enjoyed at our old home in Long Beach’s historic Bluff Park neighborhood. My husband, Nick, and I recently put our Long Beach home on the market, thinking it might take […]

Baking and Reading Your Way Through a Pandemic
By Claudia Schou   |   February 4, 2021

In the Kitchen with Leslie Zemeckis  When Leslie Zemeckis saunters into a room, people pay attention. That’s because the Montecito-based actress-baker-author exudes a kind of charm and poise that makes it possible to swan her way through any room – even a kitchen. Her kitchen is her temple, her place for Zen. So is her […]

Our Favorite Fall Recipe: Chicken with Walnuts and Pomegranate
By Claudia Schou   |   November 19, 2020

This rich and incredibly moreish stew has just three key ingredients, which come together to create a truly sumptuous dish. Don’t be put off by the time it needs on the stove. It couldn’t be simpler to make, and once everything is cooking you won’t need to do anything other than let it bubble gently […]

Cookbooks to Inspire Holiday Spirit in the Kitchen
By Claudia Schou   |   November 12, 2020

Mastering Bread: The Art and Practice of Handmade Sourdough, Yeast Bread, and Pastry, by Marc Vetri, Claire Kopp McWilliams, David Joachim (Ten Speed Press, Hardcover $23.99) The Vetri Cucina Bread Program began over a decade ago and has been part of the American movement to reclaim high-quality bread as a cornerstone of our food culture. […]

Cottage Rehab’s Evening of Empowering Entertainment
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 13, 2020

Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation presents a fundraising screening of the 2017 film Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story, which describes Eduardo Garcia‘s rehabilitation journey following injuries he suffered from a massive electric shock while hunting. A classically trained chef who found his passion for cooking at an early age, Garcia cut his teeth in the industry […]

Enlightenment in the Kitchen: Michael Krohnen on Cooking for J. Krishnamurti
By Claudia Schou   |   October 13, 2020

“I’m very simple in what I prepare in the kitchen these days,” Michael Krohnen says as he stands in a small yet tidy and well-appointed kitchen of a 1910 farmhouse in Ojai’s East End. Although not a classically trained chef, Krohnen is nonetheless known throughout the world, and his thoughts on cooking have been translated […]

Chef Nancy Weiss: Kitchen to Community
By Amelia Buckley   |   July 9, 2020

With her captivating and confident demeanor, Chef Nancy Weiss says she often gets confused for a New Yorker. In reality, her love affair with food began a little closer to the Santa Barbara area where she would eventually cultivate her culinary career. Growing up in Los Angeles, Weiss became infatuated with the kitchen at age […]

Cooking with Michael
By Richard Mineards   |   July 11, 2019

Local culinary whiz Michael Hutchings is about give Gordon Ramsay a run for his money! Michael is launching a new cooking show, The Santa Barbara Chef, on the Cox cable network, filming in the Flying A film complex, the original West Coast silent movie studio. The first 30-minute show debuts next month, featuring gourmet recipes […]

Hoomos Tahini (Recipe by Virginia Orfalea 1914-1988)
By Jane Orfalea   |   October 4, 2018

Almost every married woman knows the experience of trying to make their spouse’s favorite childhood meal. My husband is third-generation American-Lebanese and he grew up on foods with names I still can’t pronounce and had never tasted before. Pasta was my British parents’ idea of exotic cuisine. But how hard could it be? I’m a […]

Peanut Butter Sorghum Balls
By Jane Orfalea   |   September 13, 2018

Growing up with two British parents, we never missed afternoon tea. It was an insisted-upon daily ritual to stave off hunger between meals. Or, maybe it was their way to give us a “jolt” of sugar and caffeine to energize us do our homework and afternoon chores. My mom was a bit of a renegade, […]