Mise-En-Place: 5 Tips That Will Instantly Improve Your Cooking

Mise-En-Place.  It sounds like a fancy, perhaps erudite phrase designed to intimidate aspiring chefs and home cooks alike; however, it is nothing of the sort.  Mise-En-Place is French for "putting in place" is an organizational technique used by professional chefs to make sure their cooking process goes smoothly.  It basically means getting everything ready to … Continue reading Mise-En-Place: 5 Tips That Will Instantly Improve Your Cooking

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

Pan Seared Lamb Loin Chops with Garlic Cream Sauce

The thing that makes this dish is the garlic cream sauce.  A fusion between Mediterranean and French flavor profiles, this dish is at the same time both tangy and mellow, sweet and savory and all-around amazing. Time - Active: 60 minutes Time - Inactive:  2-4 hours of marination for the lamb and 45 minutes to … Continue reading Pan Seared Lamb Loin Chops with Garlic Cream Sauce

Cook Like a Peasant: 5 Ways to Eat Like a King During Lean Times

The kitchen table has always been a place where we nourish not only our bodies, but our souls. Let's be real people:  Times are tough right now and it doesn't look like it's going to get a whole lot easier any time soon.  But that doesn't mean we're stuck eating McDonald's and Spaghetti-O's.  It has … Continue reading Cook Like a Peasant: 5 Ways to Eat Like a King During Lean Times

Chicken Chili II (Updated Version)

Recipes change over time.  As we spend more time in the kitchen and become better cooks, we learn new things; as we learn new things, we incorporate them into the dishes we already know how to make.  That's ultimately how a dish becomes "ours" - when we've come to know it so well through years … Continue reading Chicken Chili II (Updated Version)

Traditional Coq Au Vin

This beautiful French classic is rustic country farmhouse cooking at its best.  While many of the recipes on this blog feature quick, 1 hour prep-and-cook dishes suitable for a weeknight when the temptation is just to grab fast food on the way home from work, the recipe in this post isn't one of them.  To … Continue reading Traditional Coq Au Vin

Truffle Infused Steak Tartine, Brandy Mushroom Cream Sauce, Homemade Onion Rings

This is not as hard as it looks.  Seriously: it sounds impressive; it tastes professional; it is guaranteed to wow anyone who eats it (even if that person is just you).  There are quite a few steps here, so read carefully, but you'll be surprised how easy this is. Let's dive in. Time: 90 minutes … Continue reading Truffle Infused Steak Tartine, Brandy Mushroom Cream Sauce, Homemade Onion Rings