Cook du Jour: Kim Bell loves diving into her cupboard for 'secret ingredients'
Published 5/18/2013 at 2:00 p.m. 0 comments
Cook du Jour Kim Bell Bell is proud of the nickname her mother first bestowed upon her — "The Cupboard Cook."
Cooking from scratch, including making the flour, is Cook du Jour's secret
Published 11/23/2012 at 3:17 p.m.
It seems the road less traveled is often the most rewarding. Rae-Anne Tran was raised to embrace food by preparing everything from scratch. That doesn't mean bread prepared from ready-made flour. Tran was taught the traditional method — making flour ...
After tinkering and fine tuning, Cook du Jour Pam Inoshita has her lemon cookies just right
Published 11/15/2012 at 3:19 p.m.
Perfection. It's not easy to spot, but Pam Inoshita's Lemon Crinkle Cookies might be the closest thing this side of heaven. "I think I've come to the point where I like how they taste," Inoshita said. "I've gotten positive feedback."
Cook du Jour John Edwards loves to try out new dishes with his own touch
Published 11/6/2012 at 6:21 p.m.
John Edwards is an innovator who enjoys creating dishes that he's never prepared before. Although his guests have complained that he "never makes the same thing twice," Edwards stays true to his philosophy: "I like to create stuff."
Cook du Jour adds touch of Germany to her green lasagna dish
Published 11/3/2012 at 3:00 p.m.
It was an enchanted evening. In a quaint restaurant in Munich, Germany, Lorie Davis and her husband-to-be, Curtis, dined on what would be their dinner to remember — an exotic gruene (green) lasagna. "I asked the waiter what made the ...
Cook du Jour Andrea Lunde makes healthy food kids want to eat
Published 10/23/2012 at 2:13 p.m.
Healthy food fuels a healthy body, but convincing youngsters of this is difficult, at best. Somehow, Andrea Lunde has managed to do the impossible, and she loves to count the ways she makes nutritious food enticing to the juvenile set. ...
Cook du Jour Tami Osborn gets jump entertaining guests with lots of preparation
Published 10/16/2012 at 2:10 p.m.
Just when you thought you'd heard it all about hosting successful parties, here comes Tami Osborn with a whole new set of intriguing tips. Every party requires a welcoming scent, Osborn believes, so having a savory dish heating in the ...
Cook du Jour Susan Garcia's cake is coconut lover's paradise
Published 10/13/2012 at 3:00 p.m.
Keeping it simpleBlue heaven: A funny thing happened at the fair. Upon entering the Ventura County Fair's home economics building, Susan Garcia learned about the cake judging contest.
Fresh ingredients are key to successful dishes, says Cook du Jour Leslie Reuter
Published 10/6/2012 at 3:00 p.m.
Leslie Reuter brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to each dish she prepares. She has spent nearly a lifetime cooking, inspired by her father, who worked his way through college as a chef and then received a cooking certificate ...
Cooking healthy comes naturally for Cook du Jour Erynn Smith
Published 9/29/2012 at 3:00 p.m.
One of the burdens of a healthy lifestyle is the dilemma of making healthy food tasty. Erynn Smith believes her recipes may change the long-held misconception that a healthy diet is hard to swallow. Even children have enjoyed her kale ...
Cook du Jour: After countless adjustments, Cook du Jour Teri O'Connor finds the right stuff for cookies
Updated 9/25/2012 at 3:35 p.m.
Call it intuition, but Teri O'Connor always seems to have the right answers. What can enhance an oatmeal cookie recipe? O'Connor was determined to find out, so she began making subtle adjustments to the original recipe.
Secret to Cook du Jour Jennifer Dobbie's ultimate pizza is fresh ingredients
Published 9/15/2012 at 3:00 p.m.
To understand what drives Jennifer Dobbie, one need look no further than her 200-pound bounty of recently harvested tomatoes. "Never have to buy any stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce or sun-dried tomatoes this year," Dobbie gladly acknowledged.
Cook du jour's cheesecake is ribbon-winning dessert
Published 9/8/2012 at 3:00 p.m.
It wasn't life on the farm, nor being around some of the best home cooking in the area. No, it was a basic cooking class that changed Vickie Mahan's life. Her decision to enroll in an elementary culinary arts class ...
Looking for a secret ingredient? Try cactus
Published 9/1/2012 at 3:00 p.m.
The kid who cooked as a teenager never stopped trying. In high school he worked as a cook's helper at a Chinese restaurant, where he polished his culinary skills. But when he landed a job at General Motors and raised ...
Cook du Jour has a sweet tooth and a brownies recipe to satisfy it
Published 8/25/2012 at 3:00 p.m.
Across the fairway, over the bunkers and far past the rough, delicious scents are often wafting from Sue Manion's country kitchen. It might be coconut oatmeal, molasses or ginger cookies, all fresh from the oven.
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