Dino Luciano rises to MasterChef finale

Dino Luciano rises to MasterChef finale

“When I first came here I was a ballet dancer, and now I am in the top four of the best home cooks,” Dino Luciano of Murrieta said, introducing the semifinal. In selecting the three finalists for this season’s MasterChef, four finalists faced off in a series of timed challenges all focused with using the […]

Luciano’s winning platter on MasterChef

Luciano’s winning platter on MasterChef

After back-to-back episodes from the kitchen to the Malibu vineyards, Dino Luciano advances to the Top 6 of FOX’s MasterChef. The producers revamped the mystery box challenge with a surprising twist. When contestants opened the box, all that was in it was a pair of chopsticks. Previous mystery box challenges gave the contestants a variety […]

Make a lunch children will devour

Make a lunch children will devour

Children can be picky eaters, making it challenging for parents to find foods their children will consume. Family dinners are challenging enough, but lunches children will love can be even more difficult to come by. Parents can prepare lunches children are certain to devour by thinking outside of the traditional lunch box. Using some creativity […]

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 […]

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