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. Pancetta, prosciutto or even bacon in a pinch – or any of your favorite porcine ingredients – elevate this dish to the next level, but it still tastes […]

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. The first time I made this, the aroma filled my SoCal home and brought me straight back to my […]

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. Mop up the sauce with some crusty bread, wash […]

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 […]

Number 1: Salt Cellar Get a salt cellar and place it on your counter top near your prep area and stove. It’s presence will remind you to season your food aggressively and liberally. You should be seasoning your food at every step. Underseasoned food is the #1 reason why something might turn out bland. Trust […]

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.   A few of things worth noting here:  First, this post […]

    “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 One of the things that I love about Paella is that it is a social dish.  It’s built – layer by layer – […]

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. Fish is one of those things that loves to get stuck to the bottom of the pan. You […]

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 […]

Fall is one of my favorite times of year. Here’s to soups and stews and savory, soul-warming food. Jalapeño Cheddar Soup Nothing will warm your heart and soul more than this cheesy, spicy soup. I learned this recipe from a couple of Cordon Bleu trained chefs who owned a French Restaurant up in the Big […]

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. My resident food critic, Claudia, (who also happens to be my wife) loved it. And this is a […]

Ever wonder how steakhouses achieve such a beautiful crust on the outside of their steaks? The answer is simple: Heat. Really, really, really, high heat. We’re talking like 750°F – 1000°F hot here. The world famous Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse purportedly sears their steaks at a blinding 1800°F. Further research reveals that, since they use infrared […]

It’s one of my favorite times of year! Hatch Chile season is upon us and that means its time to celebrate one of the most wonderful peppers in existence – the New Mexico Hatch Chile. It’s a short season August and September only, so take advantage while you can! Hatch chiles hail from the small […]