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#1 Priscilla

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 11:29 AM

Orange Coast Magazine has initiated its own food blog, Taste of Orange County.

And we know in advance it'll be worth reading because its author is Cynthia Furey, familiar to us all from her work at the OC Register as well as her own food blog, Furey and the Feast, which, thankfully, looks as though it'll be carrying on as well.

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 05:56 AM

Awwww... that nice young Cynthia Furey mentioned OCFoodNation.com in ToOC today.

Here's a link!


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Posted 21 October 2009 - 06:04 AM

I really like her writing and I look forward to seeing how this blog develops. Thanks for the heads up!

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 06:34 AM

Me too!

And as you already know, Joan, it's a good complement to Cynthia's personal food blog, Furey and the Feast.

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 09:49 AM

A few months ago, the lovely and talented Ms. Cynthia Furey stepped down from this blog as she takes her writing career in a new direction. She wondered if I might be interested in speaking with her editors at the mag.

I was! And coincidental to this, Orange Coast Magazine was hatching a complete redesign of its website, which launched today and includes my inaugural Taste of Orange County posts.

Please, have a look -- Taste of Orange County

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 11:42 AM

Today on Taste of Orange County the first in a brief series of staff dessert faves taking off from the December print cover, which featured OC restaurant desserts.
Was the just-right pumpkin pie willed into existence?
And yesterday's inaugural posts, about the aforementioned series:
Desserts in print, desserts online--you'd think it was the HOLIDAYS or something,
and the Newport Beach Farmers Market--food with a view.

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 02:19 PM

Posted today on ToOC about my beloved MRM:
Meta-marketing @ Mission Ranch


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Posted 06 December 2010 - 09:07 AM

Newly posted on ToOC,

Diana Kennedy: A new book and an old, a local chef and the stuff of life


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Posted 07 December 2010 - 09:29 AM

Today on ToOC, the promised Diana Kennedy recipes from her new book, Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy:

Cooking with Oaxaca al Gusto: A judicious hit of allspice


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Posted 09 December 2010 - 12:44 PM

On ToOC today:

Bu?uelos lesson, yes?but also, The Lessons of Bu?uelos


An utterly wonderful story and recipe from Anne Valdespino, senior editor of the mag, and native Texan.



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Posted 15 December 2010 - 07:34 AM

Posted Monday, the third in the staff favorite recipes series taking off from the December print cover featuring fab OC desserts.

This, a cream cheese pound cake from Art Director Mindy Benham is put right over the top with lime glaze:

That backyard lime tree?serendipity, or evidence of a Larger Plan?


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Posted 15 December 2010 - 07:42 AM

Today on Taste of Orange County, my leetle visit with Eric Ripert, the new friend I brought home as a result, and a few words about caviar.

Going to see a man about a fish




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Posted 16 December 2010 - 01:46 PM

As indicated in yesterday's ToOC post, today's features the whole roasted snapper recipe from Eric Ripert's Avec Eric, companion book to the mutually eponymous PBS show.

Really, really good. And will be even when I'm on my own picking out a fish for it, too, I predict.

'Avec Eric,' a whole fish, a great dish


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Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:01 PM

Friday on ToOC, the fourth in our staff dessert recipe roundup, this time featuring the work of our own Cynthia Furey, she of the eponymous Furey and the Feast blog and myriad other writerly endeavors.

Here, Cynthia muses on just how one might fit gobs of brown sugar into normal, healthy, adult life, and comes up with a fine method.
OC Mag staff faves: Brown sugar delivery system



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Posted 20 December 2010 - 06:26 PM

Today in ToOC, the penultimate recipe in the staff dessert favorites roundup, from the mag's Editor in Chief. Could not have a better provenance, neither.

Martin J. Smiith's Southern Mom's Southern Pecan Pralines

Now THAT's what I'm talking about.


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Posted 22 December 2010 - 07:25 PM

In today's ToOC, a bonus recipe from Eric Ripert's Avec Eric, the companion book to his very good PBS series.

The thing is, it's for a granola. Which is kind of weird when we're talking about Mr. Eric Ripert, but no less delicious and useful for so being.

If I have one piece of advice for you as 2010 inexorably turns into 2011, and believe me I have many more than just the one but this will have to suffice for the moment--MAKE THIS GRANOLA.

It is delicious, and adamantly PACKED with whole-foods nutrition.

With the seeds and nuts I chose--pepitas, sunflower kernels, and flax, sliced almonds and maybe a handful of MRM walnuts, it has 132 calories per ounce. Eminently doable in a sensible diet, even a diet diet, so long as one sticks to a measured amount, eh?
Nobody expects Honey Granola!!!



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Posted 24 December 2010 - 02:47 PM

And today, the final recipe in our dessert roundup of Orange Coast mag staff favorites.

It's from me, your Taste of Orange County food blogger!

It's a deceptively unprepossessing gingersnap, a long-time favorite project of mine shared with the world for the first time.

NB, it is NOT for the ginger-averse.
Double depth-charged gingersnaps
Merry Christmas, everybody!!!!!

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 01:53 PM

Last week on ToOC, breaking Orange County restaurant news, courtesy Orange Coast restaurant critic Gretchen Kurz:
Lido Deck-ed?
~and~
As the Crow Bar flies



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Posted 01 January 2011 - 01:58 PM

New Year's thoughts from me in ToOC yesterday:
Happy 2011, OC foodosphere!!!


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Posted 04 January 2011 - 06:27 PM

And now, a few words about SOUP:
?Goats Head Soup? IS my favorite Rolling Stones lp?coincidence? I think not!