SoCal Chef Open features top local chefs

SoCal Chef Open features top local chefs

Foodies mark your calendars now for the 2017 SoCal Chef Open Monday, Sept. 11. Now in its 10th year, event goers can expect perfect pairing of chefs, foodies and culinary delights. Presented by Temecula Valley Winery Management, Leoness Cellars and Pechanga Resort & Casino, the funds raised at this year’s event will benefit the intramural, team and […]

Speedy summer side dishes

Speedy summer side dishes

Around my house it never fails. We are relaxing with a cup of coffee on our pool deck and my brother-in-law calls to catch up with us. At the end of the conversation, my husband invites him up for a barbecue, something I am never prepared for. I rush to the freezer and pull out […]

Rosie’s Kitchen

Rosie’s Kitchen

Rosie O’Conner Special to Valley News Everyone is always curious about a chef’s life. “Do I cook at home?” is probably the question I’m asked most. If I cook at home it’s for two reasons: I’m either burned out or I just came back from one of my travels and I’m so inspired that I […]

Homemade ice cream makes for the perfect summer treat

Homemade ice cream makes for the perfect summer treat

TEMECULA – Ice cream is synonymous with summer, when rising temperatures and vacations from school and work call for some refreshing celebration. Those who want to experiment with homemade ice cream may want to consider the following recipe for “Dulce de Leche Ice Cream” from Lou Seibert Pappas’ “Ice Creams and Sorbets” (Chronicle Books). Dulce […]

Marinades are a great flavor enhancer

Marinades are a great flavor enhancer

TEMECULA – With their mix of acidic ingredients and spices, marinades add flavor and may even pack some nutritional punch. Grilled foods boast inviting flavors that put many diners on the lookout for second helpings. Quite often the magic behind grilled meals lies in the marinade used to give foods that flavorful kick. Marinades can […]

Avocados contribute to healthy snacks

Avocados contribute to healthy snacks

TEMECULA – Avocados are good for more than making guacamole. They can be used in a variety of healthy snack foods. Here are three recipes from the Hass Avocado Board for avocado lovers to try out. Chocolate Avocado Energy Bars (Original) Recipe Total Time: 15 minutes of prep, plus 2 hours of chill time These […]

Area’s top burger chef’s battle for the title of ‘Best Burger’

Area’s top burger chef’s battle for the title of ‘Best Burger’

The inaugural Battle of the Burgers, held by Visit Temecula Valley, Friday, July 14, in Old Town Temecula, was a fierce one as local burger makers battled for the title of “Best Burger.” Fifteen local restaurants brought samples of their signature burgers to Town Square Park where residents and visitors were invited to put their […]

Use summer produce for perfectly grilled vegetables

Use summer produce for perfectly grilled vegetables

TEMECULA – One of the highlights of the summer season is the incredible bounty of fresh produce, and grilling these vegetables gives them a smoky, delicious dimension. Chef Naz Cavallaro, a grilling expert known as Barbecue Naz from Broil King, shares some simple tips for flavor perfection. When preparing vegetables, slice them to expose as […]

Mix and muddle your way through Temecula Valley’s local, handcrafted cocktails

Mix and muddle your way through Temecula Valley’s local, handcrafted cocktails

Visit Temecula Valley Special to Valley News The rolling hills and numerous vineyards of the Temecula Valley are famous for good reason: the region boasts dozens of sprawling vineyards, small-batch artisan wines, varietals for almost every palate and unique encounters with winemakers. But even if you aren’t a wine connoisseur, the Temecula Valley features another […]

I eat bugs

I eat bugs

Chef Rosie O’Conner Special to Valley News I eat bugs! There I said it. They say it’s the first step to admitting you have a problem. I am a chef after all, and I have a responsibility to try everything that is put in front of me. I’ve made two trips to Mexico determined to […]