Monthly Archives: November 2016

Crab, Shrimp, Corn & Bacon Dip

So whats better than a warm bowl of dip? A bowl of Crab, Shrimp and Bacon Dip thats what! Enjoy this gluten free dip that can be served hot or cold. This also makes a great holiday season dish that you can bring to that party and be the talk of the night….Happy Holidays! Fire […]

Pulled Turkey With Mushroom Ragout

Leftover Turkey?No problem, here’s an idea. Makes 20 spoons: enough for dinner for four. Mushroom Ragu Ingredients: 1 oz dried mushrooms, preferably porcinis 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil 2 shallots, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 lb cremini mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed, and quartered or sliced 1/2 inch thick 1 lb wild mushrooms, trimmed and brushed clean, or oyster mushrooms, trimmed […]

Baked Clam Paella

This perfect little dish has become a great appetizer for our customer to share at my restaurants. It takes all the traditions of Paella and drops it into a bite! (but don’t bite the shell please) Fire it up!! Ingredient 2dz little neck clams, shucked (giving you 48 pc) chop and reserve clams 2 t olive […]

Crispy Eggplant Discs with Garlic Marinated Zucchini and Ricotta Mousse

Simple and Easy to make. This crowd pleaser has been a great cocktail hour passed bite that has texture, great flavor and without making your guests feel satisfied while but wanting more. Crispy Eggplant Discs with Garlic Marinated zucchini and Ricotta Mousse Ingredients/Crispy Eggplant 1 Japanese eggplant 2 cups panko breadcrumbs 1 cup Wondra flour 1 […]

Herb Chicken with Roasted Vegetables and Caper Sauce

This dish is a light alternative to what can be a normally a heavy, hearty season of cooking. The flexibility with this dish is vast. All ingredients can be prepared ahead of time during the early part of the week and heated before eating. Enjoy and Fire it up!!! Herb Chicken with Roasted Vegetables and […]

Holiday gift cards and Cookbook…..

So it’s that time of the year kids!! Happy Holidays! @paragontapandtable and @morristapandgrill we have gift cards for you to share in your love for our food, beverage and amazing service #craftexperienceredefined plus we have my cookbooks for you to give to that special cook in your life. It’s a win win. Also available on […]

Brussels Sprout Bone In

Rather than a traditional way of eating brussels sprouts, here is a fun interactive and creative way to serve. When it comes to food it needs to be fun, and this is another way of doing it. I have been doing it this way for years in my restaurants, and we get such a great […]

A taste of RED

Playing around with ideas in a single color  was the direction i was heading into with this plate. Sometimes its the different approach to food that leads to creative fun ideas, as is the case with this dish. Pickled red onion salad ingredients 2 red onions, sliced 1 cup cider vinegar 1 teaspoon salt Method […]

Seafood Paella ……Easy. Simple. Done.

Enjoy this classic Spanish dish on a cool fall day. All  the flavors pull together to make this hart warming one pot dish an instant flamily favorite. Serves 4 Ingredients 1 large onion, chopped 5 TBSP olive oil 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pimentón […]

Stuffed Acron Squash ..As seen on ABC New York

  Just because this vegetarian dish is healthy, don’t make the mistake of thinking that it lacks a punch of flavor. It’s an impressive presentation and the fact that the acorn squash forms its own bowl is only part of the fun!   Ingredients 1ea Acron Squash ½ c Brown sugar 2 tsp Olive oil […]

Broccolini Garlic Soup….vegan and soooooo good

Its that time of year for soup, delicious soup that fills the belly and warms the heart. Serve this on its own or as a side with a nice grilled cheese sandwich. Ingredients 1 T olive oil 5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 4 green onions, coarsely chopped 1 ½ lb Broccolini, trimmed and coarsely chopped 14oz vegetable […]

Apple Streusel Cup Cake….yes please

This delicious cup cake can be served warm as a breakfast bite with coffee or maybe even a brandy at the end of the night. Either way it’s going to be amazing. Ingredients Cooking spray 6.75 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups) ½ tsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp baking soda ¾ […]

Salad Ideas

Salad 1: Apples & Frisee – Vegan & Gluten Free Serves 4 Ingredients 2ea Granny Smith apples cut in half, cored, and then slice each half into 4 slices 1 tsp garlic, chopped 3 tbsp olive oil salt and pepper to taste ½ c Sunflower seeds, toasted 1hd Frisee greens, lightly torn Method 1. Set […]

Baingan ka Bharta (Indian Eggplant)

This dish is a classical Indian dish that we have shared at both of my restaurants over the years with a little twist. It’s a perfect dish on a fall/winter day the warms thea heart and soul. Enjoy!  Fire it up!!! Ingredients 2 large eggplants 4 tablespoons avocado oil 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 large […]


This would make an elegant dessert for Thanksgiving dinner, either on its own or to accompany your pumpkin pie. The tart cranberries help cut the sweetness of the caramelized apple. EXPERIENCE LEVEL: YIELD: 6 SERVINGS CARAMELIZED APPLES 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 5 spicy-sweet, crisp Macintosh apples, peeled and cored and cut into 1⁄2 -inch cubes […]

Shake and Bake! Something twisted for dessert

SHAKE AND BAKE Kids of all ages love milk shakes! Kahlúa and vanilla seem to have been made to complement one another. And of course you need a chocolate-chip brownie to complete the experience. YIELD: APPROXIMATELY 2 DRINKS 8 ounces whole milk 2 ounces Kahlúa, or other coffee liqueur 3 ounces vanilla ice cream Place […]

Dark Chocolate Bites

A simple and easy recipe to create a dark chocolate lover happy. Dark Chocolate Bites Ingredients 1 c all-purpose flour 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa 1 tsp baking soda 1/8 tsp salt 2/3 c granulated sugar ¼ c butter, softened ½ c egg substitute 1 tsp vanilla ½ c low-fat buttermilk 1 ¼ oz dark chocolate, finely chopped   Method Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly spoon […]

Butternut Squash Risotto

This is the perfect time of year for this comfort food dish. The earth tones of this combined with the saltiness of the cheese gives this dish the perfect balance, Butternut squash Risotto ½ c coarsely chopped pecans 1 t butter, melted 1 t brown sugar 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 c (1/2-inch) […]

Family Reach Cooking Live New York 2016

I am very excited to once again be part of this amazing event with these amazing chefs. JOIN US for this unique and interactive experience! You’ll have an up-close look at the world’s top culinary talent and indulge in this years best cuisine, wines and company. Hosted by Family Reach National Advisory Board President, Chef […]

Mozzarella Perlini with Red Onion Salad and Olive Vinaigrette

This little dish can be made ahead of time, 4-6 hours before sharing. the flavors will develop and be come more intense. Ingredients/Mozzarella Perlini 6 oz mozzarella perlini (small balls of mozzarella) 1 cup sundried tomatoes 2 sprigs fresh rosemary leaves, chopped 5 garlic cloves, chopped 1 cup olive oil kosher salt white pepper Method/Mozzarella […]