Traditional Vanilla Bean Pot De Crème

Doesn’t come anymore traditional than this! Time consuming, but if you have the time to spare- you will learn why this recipe is a classic ! Deliciously rich, creamy and elegant.   You’ll Need 1 1/2 cups whole milk 1/2 cup heavy cream 6 large egg yolks 1/2 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon 1- vanilla bean, splitContinue reading “Traditional Vanilla Bean Pot De Crème”

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Leftovers? Make Mash Potato Bombs!  

Baked or fried these are a fun way to use up any left-over mash potatoes… or, a good excuse to make more! You’ll Need: Filling: 3 cups chilled mashed potatoes 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded ½ cup bacon, chopped small dice 1 bunch chives, chopped Pepper to taste Breading Station: 1 cup flour or GFContinue reading “Leftovers? Make Mash Potato Bombs!  “

Tired of Playing Fowl on Thanksgiving?

You will absolutly fall in love with this Umami stuffed butternut squash so much, it just might persuade you to reconsider poultry this holiday season! Not only is it vegetarian… it’s fancy!  You’ll Need:  1 cup fresh pecans, chopped 1- foot long butternut squash 1 Japanese eggplant about 8-10 inches in length 1 zucchini, about 10Continue reading “Tired of Playing Fowl on Thanksgiving?”

Cardamon, Honey Cake with Fresh Baked Pears

Perfect for Fall, this recipe calls for Bosc pears, try not to substitute- this varietal has firmer flesh than others, which helps hold its shape during baking. You will swoon over the combination of sweet, sticky cardamon spiked honey liberally soaked into this lovely cake. You’ll need For the cake: 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flourContinue reading “Cardamon, Honey Cake with Fresh Baked Pears”

Candy Cap Roasted Butternut Squash

The haunting maple flavor of Candy Cap Mushrooms makes this so much more than a great side dish. This wintery squash can also become the base of a magnificent butternut squash soup if you have leftovers. You’ll Need: 2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cut into medium-sized dice 1 cup dried candy cap mushrooms  1/2 cupContinue reading “Candy Cap Roasted Butternut Squash”

Decadent Creamed Corn Casserole!

Trust me when I say– someone at your dinner table will ask you for this recipe!  You’ll Need: 8-10 ears of fresh shucked corn off the cob, or 1 pound frozen white kernels and 1 pound frozen yellow kernels. Or, all yellow. 1/2 onion, peeled halved and studded with 3-4 cloves 1 large russet pototoContinue reading “Decadent Creamed Corn Casserole!”

Roasted Pumpkin Salsa

Looking for something diffrent this Holiday Season? Try my recipe for roasted sugar pumpkin salsa! Pumpkin is not only the leading food this time of year! Pumpkins also have definite health benefits. If you want food to fill you up, but not fill you out… Pumpkin will be your new fav! You’ll Need: Good qualityContinue reading “Roasted Pumpkin Salsa”

Holiday Cheat Sheet- Just in case you’re wondering how much to Shop, Cook and Serve!

As a professional chef, one of the most frequent questions I’m asked is how much food do you need to feed each guest? So, I decided to build a mini cheat sheet for the upcoming holiday season! Hope this helps! Every 2.4 pounds of food you donate creates a meal for someone else.  Cocktails: IfContinue reading “Holiday Cheat Sheet- Just in case you’re wondering how much to Shop, Cook and Serve!”

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!”