Chef Chat with a Napa Valley Culinary Master

It’s not every day you can ask one of the most renowned chefs in Napa Valley absolutely anything, but along came this article, and that’s exactly what I got to do.   Victor Scargle, a California native, is currently the culinary director at Boisset Collection, France’s third-largest wine group and the biggest wine producer in Burgundy. Though he calls Northern California home,…

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Sick Soup Cures All

In case you’re wondering, I’m sick. (Yes, I’m sure you woke up this morning and thought, “How is Melissa feeling today?”) Anyway, in the spirit of turning the bad to good, this ickiness at the very least presents the ideal opportunity for today’s “Make Your Market,” in which I will share an amazing soup I…

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In Defense of the Carrot Greens

Look, I know I’m biased. I just finished this dish not more than fifteen minutes ago. Heck, I’ve still got a small piece of carrot green stuck on my thumb as I type this very word. And these. OK, it’s gone. STILL. The meal—seasoned avocado on sautéed carrot greens and onions with soft-boiled eggs—was delicious.…

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How to Make Breakfast from Thanksgiving Leftovers

If your morning has gone anything like mine, then you’ve spent it scraping still-dried-up cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes off piles of plates and wine-stained glasses. Why is it that the scrumptiousness of a Thanksgiving meal is directly proportional to the disgustingness of cleaning it up? And also, why does the meal last about 20…

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Hey, Thanksgiving: You’ve Got Kale

This is crazy. Thanksgiving is in four days. WHERE IS TIME? And does it know how to cook a turkey in the microwave? Anyway, here we are, on Monday morning, steeped in things to do, people to see and the encroaching fear of what to make for Thanksgiving dinner. Well, good thing it’s time for…

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Grab Tacos, Pour Beer: Chihuahua Cerveza Opens Taproom in Newport Beach

Chihuahua Cerveza, a brand small but feisty as its name, started brewing beers six month ago in Newport Beach. The company’s four, Mexican-style lagers are now available throughout Southern California and beyond, (find locations to buy the beers here) and as of Nov. 19, Chihuahua Cerveza also owns an eponymous taproom on Balboa Peninsula, in…

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On the Beet

If I had a skywriter, I’d ask the pilot to fly above the blue, morning skies of Newport Beach and write “Welcome to Make Your Market” in fluffy smoke lettering. But I don’t (although I should) and so instead, I just have this very sentence where I will say “welcome” in quotation markets to denote…

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The Pancake Experiment

By George Kandel There aren’t too many things I can cook—or cook well because I can certainly burn a whole lot—but the perfect pancake happens to be one of them. I started making pancakes years ago, on a whim, thinking they had to be easy enough and now I’m known as the unofficial Pancake King…

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Holiday Eats: Coffee Squash

Coffee squash? Squash coffee? No matter how you mash it, the combo sounds a little weird. Stick with us on this one, friends, we’ve got places to go and butternut squash to eat. (By the way, the squash was procured fresh from the Newport Beach Farmers’ Market, which takes over the Newport Pier every Sunday,…

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Where to Shop Locally for Handmade Halloween Treats

There’s no denying it: Halloween is a sweet holiday. The costumes, the thrill of collecting candy and of course, the treats. If you’ve been to the supermarket lately, you’ll know a bag of candy costs approximately $756 (and the price will mysterious recede to normal come Nov. 1), so if you want to save money…

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