Fried Egg Naan with Sambal- Oelek Jam

Heat your Cold Winter Mornings!  You’ll Need: For the Chili Jam: 2-4 tablespoons hot chili paste (sambal oelek) 1-2 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar 1-2 teaspoon honey For the Egg Naan: 1/4-1/2 cup Plain Greek yogurt Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper 2-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1-2 tablespoons butter 2-4 large eggs 2-4 pieces NannContinue reading “Fried Egg Naan with Sambal- Oelek Jam”

30 Minute Individual Chocolate Lava Cakes

Molten chocolate lava cakes were developed by one of the worlds most famous chefs- Jean-Georges Vongerichten! He says more than a thousand of these cakes are made in his restaurants everyday. The ingredient list is simple –butter, chocolate, eggs, sugar and flour which makes this recipe easy for busy people! Below is my adapted recipe.Continue reading “30 Minute Individual Chocolate Lava Cakes”

Holiday Worthy Brioche Bread Pudding with Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce !

Ahhhh, bourbon and brioche. Two of my favorite things!  You’ll Need: 1/4 cup bourbon  1/2 cup currants   1-1/2 pound loaf of Brioche, torn into 1-2 inch chunks, or cut into cubes – allowed to stale overnight   1 1/2 cups whole milk or substitute  1/2 cup heavy cream or substitute 4 large eggs orContinue reading “Holiday Worthy Brioche Bread Pudding with Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce !”

The Ultimate Thanksgiving #Leftovers! Hot, Open-Faced Turkey and Gravy Sammies!

Nothing like a Good ol’ Fashion Open Turkey and Gravy Sandwich the Day after Thanksgiving!  You’ll Need: 1 1/2 lb leftover turkey meat, sliced 1/2- 1 cup  leftover turkey gravy Stock or water (to thin the gravy if needed) 4 large slices of rustic Italian bread Butter Crushed fresh garlic Salt and fresh ground pepperContinue reading “The Ultimate Thanksgiving #Leftovers! Hot, Open-Faced Turkey and Gravy Sammies!”

Southwestern, Turkey Tamale Pie!

Got leftovers? Dont worry- they will disappear in a second with this recipe! Tamale pie is a casserole dish found in the cuisine of the Southwestern portion of the US. Typically prepared with a cornmeal crust and ingredients used in delicious recipes indigenous to the region. A typical comfort food and a welcomed change ofContinue reading “Southwestern, Turkey Tamale Pie!”

Stuffed Mushrooms with Italian Sausage, Sherry and Parmesan Cheese

First, a little “Housekeeping” regarding mushrooms: How to purchase a brown ( Cremini ) or white (Champion or Button) shaped mushroom. If you know me, you know I love to forge in the wild for mushrooms. Shopping for mushrooms in a large chain grocery store can be like hunting. By the time a mushroom isContinue reading “Stuffed Mushrooms with Italian Sausage, Sherry and Parmesan Cheese”

Luscious Parsnip Purée with Truffle Oil ! 

Originally posted on Chef Gigi Gaggero:
Parsnips are my all time favorite root vegetable to purée or mash ! They are so naturally sweet and not too starchy, which makes for an ultra-silky side dish!? Ingredients: 1 pound parsnips, peeled, thinly sliced- tough cores should be removed on larger parsnips but not necessary ?2 garlic…

Butternut Squash and Candy Cap Mushroom Brûlée

Incorporating these two seasonal ingredients into a crème brûlée makes perfect food pairing sense! Not to mention a sophisticated Thanksgiving dessert. Extracting the famous candy caps’ flavor is done by infusing the maple flavored mushrooms in cream. The same recipe method can also be used to flavor seasonal ice creams or custard bases for pieContinue reading “Butternut Squash and Candy Cap Mushroom Brûlée”

The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing I’ve Ever Made! 

Grand Mariner Apricot and Sausage Stuffing.  This recipe is adapted from The Silver Palate Cookbook. One of the first cookbooks I ever purchased. Co-Authors, Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso Miller were hot on the gourmet carry-out scene in 1980’s. They really kicked off the “Artisan” food trend! From that birthed, The Silver Palate Cookbook inContinue reading “The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing I’ve Ever Made! “

Hassleback Potato Casserole

Acclaimed food science writer, J. Kenji López-Alt has developed this sort of “mash-up ” ( if you will ) of a classic French gratin, and a beautiful Hassleback potato recipe. The idea is to stand the slices of potato vertically, rather than laying them flat. This ensures each serving receives both a creamy potato serving and a crispy edge in each bite. This is myContinue reading “Hassleback Potato Casserole”