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MEET THE CHEF
November, 2010 - Issue #73
Diane Knight of Lady Di's Cookies and Sweets
26882 The Old Road, Valencia; 222-9102

Lady Di
Lady Di's Cookies and Sweets 222-9102

What motivates you? I believe that God gives us all a gift to share. Following the blessing in my heart to create recipes that came from dreams when I was 12 years old, I am now blessed with an incredible bakery where tasks are always sweet!

What's your favorite sweet? Today, Snickerdoodle cookies and Carrot Cake cupcakes!

What's your claim to fame? We bake our delicious products on site:16 soft and chewy gourmet cookie flavors; 14 amazing cupcake flavors with decadent cream cheese and buttercream frosting; caramel apples; chocolate strawberries; chocolate fudge brownies; magic cookie bars and coconut macaroons.

What's unexpected about your store? Lady Di's Cookies and Sweets is a full service espresso bar, and we have soft-serve ice cream, too.

Daniel Otto of The Oaks Grille
at Tournament Players Club Valencia

26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia; 288-1995

Tournament Players Club Valencia 288-1995
Tournament Players Club Valencia 288-1995
Describe The Oaks Grille's cuisine. We have an American menu that has a Pacific-Rim influence.

What's your favorite dish? I have two. First is the Chilean Sea Bass, which is pan-seared sea bass served on top of a black-bean hummus with crispy pancetta, baby spinach finished with smoked sea salt and splashed with black truffle citrus vinaigrette. My second are the Kobe Beef Sliders. We serve three sliders smothered with Vermont white cheddar cheese that are accompanied by a housemade spicy pickled crudite.

What makes The Oaks Grille so unique? We have one of the best views in Santa Clarita, which is made even more enjoyable when paired with our consistently-excellent food and service.

Kimberly Aeck and Kimberly Thurman
of Bake You Happy

Located on Industry Drive at Commerce Center Drive in Valencia; 373-6597

Bake You Happy 373-6597
Bake You Happy 373-6597
What does it take to bake happiness? We make delicious, homemade cakes and cupcakes using fresh, natural ingredients like butter, eggs, organic carrots, real vanilla beans and top-quality chocolate.

You each can take one cupcake onto a deserted island... Our top two favorite cupcakes would be our Heavenly Cupcake, which is a moist chocolate cake with marshmallow filling topped with a dark-chocolate ganache and our rich, luxurious Red Velvet Cupcake with cream cheese frosting made with real vanilla beans.

What's "in season?" Our seasonal specials include gift baskets with our very own cake mixes and decorative cupcake gift boxes that can include favorites like our Pumpkin Spice Cupcake made with a browned-butter buttercream frosting.
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