Linda Mensinga was editor of Culinary Trends for 15 years, now a contributing writer. Researching restaurants and hotels, she interviews the best and brightest chefs, not necessarily the most famous, to learn their secrets and recipes. Their talent and dedication never cease to inspire her.
Mrs. Mensinga is happily food obsessed and fortunate enough to be married to a chef.
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Published 4:51 p.m. May 21, 2013
These DIY projects to grow mushrooms and herbs at home are easy with eco-friendly kits by two UC Berkeley grads.
Published 2:54 p.m. May 4, 2013
Atop a hearty cassoulet, succulent seared foie gras pairs surprisingly well with champagne, port or a red wine.
Published 6:55 p.m. April 30, 2013
Some chefs are defying the ban on foie gras enacted in California last July by serving it free of charge.
Published 6:00 a.m. April 11, 2013
The versatile Chef Eddy Rocq juggles macaron production, catering and Rocq Café with panache and the help of his wife, Debbie.
Published 12:00 p.m. March 31, 2013
This unusual twist to this salad of cactus leaves and shrimp by Chef Marco Zapien is the addition of prickly pear cactus fruit.
Published 7:28 p.m. March 28, 2013
Chef Anderson of Laguna Beach’s Watermarc shares his recipe for gorgonzola pear tarts.
Published 1:30 p.m. March 19, 2013
This open-faced sandwich plays on taste and texture with tangy cactus leaves on crusty bread topped with semi-soft peppery Jack cheese.
Published 4:27 p.m. March 18, 2013
This recipe from 50 Best Plants on the Planet features Belgian endive leaves, perfect containers for these delicious appetizers.
Published 3:31 p.m. March 11, 2013
Eat these natural superfoods to become a stranger to your doctor.
Published 12:29 p.m. March 6, 2013
A great way to celebrate Mardi Gras anywhere, any time is with this easy-to-make shrimp jambalaya.
Published 11:22 a.m. February 21, 2013
The Cocktail Guru mixes modern mocktails at the 9th Annual Brewer’s Ball to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Published 7:07 p.m. February 14, 2013
Carnival is celebrated in many parts of the world including Brazil. There feijoada is considered by many to be the national dish.
Published 7:43 p.m. February 12, 2013
The famous pre-Lent parties are held in Brazil, the Caribbean & New Orleans; the flavors and sounds of Carnival can be had closer to home.
Published 9:32 p.m. January 30, 2013
Abigaile restaurant brought six of LA’s finest chefs together for a six-course tasting menu at the first Kitchen Takeover.
Published 9:11 p.m. January 30, 2013
Chef John-Carlos Kuramoto shares seared scallops and Chef Meg Hall shares pork belly with sweet potato puree recipes.