Bouillabaisse

This delicious seafood stew hails from the French port city of Marseilles and represents the best of Provençal cooking: A mirepoix of onions, carrots and celery is sautéed in butter and oil, savory aromatics are added to the base along with white wine, stock and saffron and then a variety of fresh fish is gently … Continue reading Bouillabaisse

Linguine con le Vongolé (Linguine with Clams)

This Italian classic is simple and delicious.  It's easy enough for a busy weeknight and elegant enough for a special dinner for two.  It is satisfying and filling, yet light on both the wallet and the stomach.  Also, it's guaranteed to keep the vampires away for a millennia or so.  What's not to love? Time: … Continue reading Linguine con le Vongolé (Linguine with Clams)

Cajun Jambalaya

Nothing says Autumn like hearty soups and stews... and here in SoCal, the temperature is often still in triple digits at the end of October (not very Fall-like).  The solution?  A spicy, hearty stew that's tasty all the time: Cajun Jambalaya!  The observant chef will notice that this dish bears a striking resemblance to paella, … Continue reading Cajun Jambalaya

Easy New England Clam Chowder

This version of a New England classic is as easy as it is delicious.  Perfect for a cold night, it is garnished with bacon bits and oyster crackers and is best served with a rustic, crusty bread (for dipping) or warm biscuits. Growing up in Massachusetts my family and I used to take an annual … Continue reading Easy New England Clam Chowder

Paella: How to Make an Edible Art

“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 - in one … Continue reading Paella: How to Make an Edible Art