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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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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Make Your Market: Mint Tea

OK folks, let’s try something a little different for this week’s episode of “Make Your Market,” the most exciting farm-to-table, farmers’ market culinary series to ever hit Balboa Peninsula (and beyond). Today I want to talk tea. “But really, Melissa?” You might ask, because you’re used to fun recipes you can eat for dinner that…

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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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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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Make Your Market: A Newport Beach Farmers’ Market & West Oceanfront Collab

Hello and top o’ the morning to each and every reader of West Oceanfront Magazine! Today, the very first Monday of November, brings with it not just expected Southern California sunshine but also a warm, slice of good news. If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’d know an obsession with the Newport Beach Farmers’…

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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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Ina Garten is Coming to Segerstrom and You Should Probably Go

In a perfectly fantastical world, Ina Garten is our best friend. We share dark (and lighthearted) secrets, divulge our favorite recipes for roasted summer vegetables then cook together in her Long Island kitchen for her husband, Jeffrey, and the entire cast of Mean Girls on Broadway. (Jason Mraz comes too because he’s now a star…

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