All American Beef Stew

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 … Continue reading All American Beef Stew

Pesto with Penne, Roasted Asparagus and Grilled Chicken

Finally, the Pesto Pasta of My Dreams Assembling this pasta has four steps, all of which are super easy. (1) Make Pesto (2) Marinate and Grill Chicken (3) Roast Asparagus (4) Cook Pasta According to Package Directions Serve with Killer Garlic Bread and enjoy. Ingredients 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves (it will take about … Continue reading Pesto with Penne, Roasted Asparagus and Grilled Chicken

Penne Alla Vodka

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 … Continue reading Penne Alla Vodka

New England Yankee Pot Roast

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 … Continue reading New England Yankee Pot Roast

Midnight Shrimp Scampi

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 … Continue reading Midnight Shrimp Scampi

All About Pasta: Part I – The Best Pasta to Cook With

Sometimes I just have to admit it:  My wife is right. My wife Claudia is right about a lot of things more often than I would like to admit. One of the areas where I think I am usually right, and she thinks I am usually wrong, is our disagreement regarding her religious devotion to … Continue reading All About Pasta: Part I – The Best Pasta to Cook With

Steaks Sous Vides – The Perfect Steak

It doesn't get much better than this people. If you've spent much time reading this blog, you know that I'm all about temperature, because temperature is the only reliable way to gauge how your food is going to turn out. Of course temperature and heat are different things.  Heat is about how much energy you're … Continue reading Steaks Sous Vides – The Perfect Steak

The Best, Easiest Roast Chicken

Stick with me on this one people:  Trust me. If you do, you will be rewarded with the juiciest, tenderest most succulent chicken with the crispiest, most delicious crackling skin you've ever had. A good roast chicken should be both simple and delicious rather than fussy and difficult.  The method described in this post is, … Continue reading The Best, Easiest Roast Chicken

50 Kitchen Essentials Every Cook Should Have

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 is … Continue reading 50 Kitchen Essentials Every Cook Should Have