This post invites you to experiment – it is a blueprint and a technique, not a rigid recipe that must be followed. Use whatever ingredients you have on hand, or whatever you like.

Another beloved Italian-American Classic, this basic dish will rival anything you might get at your local red-and-white checkered tablecloth joint and comes together in about 30 minutes.

Yankee Cooking At Its Best This New England Classic is easy to make, but does require a long braise. The active cooking time is probably an hour or less. It is even better the second day.

Tiger Prawns, Sambal, Lime, Cilantro, Garlic Butter Sauce I call this “Midnight” Shrimp Scampi because it comes together in 10 minutes, is light enough for a late night snack, and filling enough to call dinner. Garlic, butter, Indonesian hot sauce and lime create the perfect balance.

Epic Post Alert:  This is a tad long but I’m writing it because likely the #1 question I get from budding culinary aficionados is “What do I absolutely have to have in my kitchen to get started?”  Well, here it is – The List.

    “If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” – Cesar Chavez Paella is that it is a social dish.   

Finally, the Pesto Pasta of My Dreams Assembling this pasta has four steps, all of which are super easy.

This quick fish recipe comes together in 30 minutes and won’t leave your kitchen smelling like fish or fish stuck to you pan. Serve with homemade tartar sauce, lemon wedges and a few slices of ripe avocado.

This hearty beef chili follows the same method as most other soups and stews and can be done in the oven in 4 hours or in a slow cooker over 4-8 hours. It is an updated version with a little less heat (the previous version had a whole can of chilis in Adobo!) and a […]

Step aside Marinara Meat Sauce, Ragù Bolognese is without doubt the Queen of Italian sauces. This stick to your ribs pasta will warm your heart and soul any time of year. So yeah, this takes 4-5 hours to make, but the good news is that using the oven-braise technique means that you don’t have to […]

Fall is one of my favorite times of year. Here’s to soups and stews and savory, soul-warming food.

Celebrate Autumn with this succulent roast chicken. I think this might be the best roast chicken I’ve ever made. It is all at once lightly sweet, salty, just a little sticky (like BBQ sauce) and beautifully savory.