Not-So-Traditional Bulgarian Banitsia

Banitsa is a famous cheese, yogurt, and egg pie. Historically renowned dish of Balkan cuisine and typically served for special events. I can’t get enough of it. Based on my geographical location and ingredients, this recipe still has enormous flavor; the sharp feta cheese with the richness of the eggs and yogurt is a perfectContinue reading “Not-So-Traditional Bulgarian Banitsia”

Charred Beef Tip with Chinese Five Spice and Grilled Cara Cara Oranges

Chinese five-spice is pungent and encompasses all five tastes—sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami—and uses five different spices. This dynamic Asian seasoning is a mixture of star anise, cloves, Chinese cinnamon, Szechuan peppercorns, and fennel seeds. It’s easy to make at home, but it’s ok to purchase it premade too. I usually pair it withContinue reading “Charred Beef Tip with Chinese Five Spice and Grilled Cara Cara Oranges”

Traditional Herb Crusted Prime Rib with Red Wine Reduction!

A true prime rib that is labeled USDA Certified Prime, is heavily marbled with a generous amount of fat. These cuts are usually reserved for top restaurants and are hard to come by. It may be better to seek out a fine aged prime rib. Aged beef is similarly hard to find in the supermarket, but you’ll find aged primeContinue reading “Traditional Herb Crusted Prime Rib with Red Wine Reduction!”

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”

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 ( 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 is picked,Continue reading “Stuffed Mushrooms with Italian Sausage, Sherry and Parmesan Cheese”

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 question 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! “

The Brussel Sprout Files!

Below is a formula sure to make your Brussel sprouts are a success no matter what flavor profile you’re after. Sweet, salty, or tangy! Brussel sprouts are aggressive in flavor. You either love them or hate them. So many ways to cook them too– from baked chips to chopped salads. At my home we love ourContinue reading “The Brussel Sprout Files!”

Skinny Garlic Pommes Frites

In the production of a really good ‘French Fry” the type of fat used to fry with can make all the difference. Not to mention the type of potato and the potatoes sugar content will make a difference as well. Seriously, this subject for scholarly debate! Many establishments that place “Pommes Frites” on the menu are doingContinue reading “Skinny Garlic Pommes Frites”

The BEST Ever Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. 

I have ever so slightly adapted the very, very famous- New York Times, chocolate chip cookie recipe. Enjoy!  Ingredients: 8½ ounces cake flour 8½ ounces bread flour 1¼ teaspoons fresh baking soda 1½ teaspoons fresh baking powder 1½ teaspoons kosher salt 10 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature 10 ounces dark brown sugar 8 ouncesContinue reading “The BEST Ever Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. “