Category Archives: Entertainment Ideas

Basil Panna Cotta with Parmesan Mousse and Marinated Tomatoes

Happy (almost) Spring!  It’s so close you can smell it in the air.  Let’s get ready, shall we?  This week’s recipe is rich, nutty, cheesy, tart and fresh all at once.  Cherry tomatoes are available and tasty all year long and the marinade helps to bring out their summery sweetness.  I love to serve this […]

Veal Shepherd’s Pie with Cremini Mushroom Mashed and Caramelized Onion Sauce

Sometimes you just crave comfort food!  This week’s recipe is perfect when you are feeling this way.  Spring is just around the corner so let’s enjoy a Veal Shepherd’s Pie with Cremini Mushroom Mashed and Caramelized Onion Sauce before it gets here. Fire it up! (Makes about 20 servings) Ingredients/Veal Shepherd’s Pie 1 Tbsp plus […]

Basil Crusted Scallops with Citrus Aioli and Citrus Dust

I always think of scallops when I am planning a special meal for the one that I love.  There is something about the sweet and tender bite of a scallop that I find, well, really romantic.  So this week I am sharing my recipe for Basil Crusted Scallops with Citrus Aioli and Citrus Dust.  If […]

Gorgonzola, Bacon and Chive Lollipops

Need a great cheesy bacony bite for your Superbowl buffet?  This is something you can make ahead of time and will be a great starter before your chili, sliders, wings or pulled pork sandwiches!  I hope you enjoy my Gorgonzola, Bacon and Chive Lollipops and be sure to snap some pics of your Superbowl Buffets […]

Vanilla Bean Custard with Coffee Caramel, Banana Mousse and Banana Crisps

Happy  Monday Kids! Here in the Mid-Atlantic States we are still busy digging out and getting our lives back to normal after the crazy amount snow that was dumped on us this weekend.  And I’ve got a recipe for you this week to help you use up all of the eggs and milk you bought […]

Parmesan and Basil Marshmallows with Marinated Sundried Tomatoes and Basil Dust

Happy New Year!  This weeks recipe is a nice break from the rich, heavy holiday dishes we’ve all been indulging in for the past two months.  I think we can all use it!  Although this bite is light, it is not lacking in flavor.  It’s savory and reminiscent of a summer day.  It’s also a […]

Pepato Bread Pudding with Crispy Spinach and Butternut Squash

Happy Sunday!  Here’s an amazing hearty and seasonal hors d’oeuvres for the vegetarians (and omnivores) in your life.  I love this because the cheesy bread pudding has a peppery bite that is tamed by the creamy sweet butternut squash puree.  The whole thing is brought together by the balsamic mousse which simultaneously adds acid and […]

Veal Sweetbreads with Cremini Mushroom Custard and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

It’s that time of year again.  Are you ready for your holiday party?  Sure,  you’re going to make your favorite hors d’oeuvres and your traditional favorites, but how about having one, out-of-the-ordinary, flavor bomb on the menu?  Sweetbreads are amazing.  They are not commonly used, but I believe that this recipe will change your guests’ […]

Sweet and Sour Pork Dumplings with Ginger Apple Glaze and Sage Dust

What can I say about this week’s recipe for Sweet and Sour Pork Dumplings with Ginger Apple Glaze and Sage Dust?  It combines two of my favorite things: making dumplings and playing with unique flavor combinations.  The Asian flavors of sesame, ginger, scallion and pork marry perfectly with apples and cinnamon.  And the combination of apple […]

Idaho Potato Cannoli with Red Onion Marmalade and Porcini Dust

So, I think you all know, I have had pasta on the brain!  I’m so fired up about the launch of my artisan ravioli, that it is all have thought about in the past few weeks.  But I have to say that I equally love potatoes!  And today ‘s recipe for Idaho Potato Cannoli with […]

Apple Mousse with Brandy Doughnuts and Cinnamon Caramel

Happy Wednesday Kids!  Last week I shared a recipe using apple mousse in a savory game dish with pheasant and crispy pork belly.   This week I want to show you a sweet spin on apple mousse paired with sweet spiced caramel and rich, crispy, brandy-scented doughnuts.  Who doesn’t love doughnuts?  And they are so […]

Pasta to the People!

Happy Friday!  The countdown continues- we’re rolling out my line of hand crafted ravioli on Sunday, October 18th! Production is underway! And the Media has taken notice! Nothing will stop the Revolution from coming!  Like us on Facebook! And if you are in the NYC area, come and Taste the Revolution at 12:00pm on Sunday, […]

Poached Pheasant with Apple Mousse and Crispy Pork Belly

It’s apple picking season!  If you are lucky enough to live in an area with an apple orchard nearby, you should absolutely take some time this weekend to pile the kids in the car and drive out to the country for some family fun.  Many orchards are open to the public on the weekends and […]

Blue Cheese Ravioli with Pancetta Crisps and Red Onion Confit

Happy Wednesday Kids!    I have ravioli on my mind today. Well, I have ravioli on my mind everyday- that’s what happens when you are about to launch a Ravioli Revolution. Stay tuned! It’s going to be epic!  But today,  I’m excited to share with you a ravioli dish that is intended to be a […]

Chocolate Cheesecake and Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Toasted Hazelnuts

Chocolate and peanut butter– a marriage that will last an eternity.  These ingredients stand well on their own, but when combined, it’s magic.  They just work together! And no matter how you try to dress them up with other elements, it is the way they complement each other that makes a chocolate and peanut dish work, […]

Szechwan Marinated Pork with Grilled Apple and Sage Doughnuts

For the past few weeks my teams at Morris Tap and Grill and Paragon Tap and Table have been busy planning our new fall menus. In the restaurant and catering world we always have to be thinking a season ahead to be ready for What’s Next!  We’ve been developing and testing recipes, researching new brews […]

I’m Firing It Up With Pick On Us! Easy. Simple. Done.

I’ve worked with Pick On Us products for years and I am so excited to announce that my partnership with Pick On Us continues!  We are offering amazing culinary development services to refresh and enhance your hospitality business. These services are for restaurants, catering companies, hotels and food service companies that are looking for cutting edge […]

Grilled Eggplant with Garlic Roasted Tomatoes and Ricotta Salata

Happy Wednesday Kids!  It’s the last week of August.  It’s the end of the summer growing season and the kids are going back to school.  Yet there is still time to make it to the beach, or lake, or mountain vista for one more day. And there is definitely still time to celebrate amazing summer […]

Asian Braised Short Ribs with Stir Fried Mushrooms and Five Spice Popcorn

I don’t eat a lot of beef, but I love Short Ribs!  To me, short ribs are an anytime of the year food. I enjoy it through all of the seasons matched with different vegetables and starches, sauces and garnishes. In keeping with my on-going quest to create food with layers of flavors and textures, […]

Watermelon Radish with Soy Scallion-Marinated Tomatoes and Marinated Enoki Mushrooms

Don’t you just love the farmer’s market on a Saturday morning in August? The selection of heirloom vegetables and exotic mushrooms coming into market from farms all over the country is amazing!  This week I am sharing a recipe that really benefits from using the best, most seasonal vegetables.  I used sweet little heirloom cherry tomatoes, vibrant watermelon radishes and […]

Oven Roasted Lamb Loin with Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes, Grilled Scallions and Chili Mint Dipping Sauce

I love lamb.  And this bite is made with the loin which is low in fat but packed with flavor due to a rub of garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper and a given a quick sear to create a nice crust and to lock in the juices.  After a short roast in the oven, the lamb can be served […]

Beet Meringues with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Dust

It’s recipe Wednesday!  You know I love to take a classic dish and alter its chemical properties to create a completely different textural experience. This week’s recipe, Beet Meringues with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Dust,  appears much more complicated then it actually is.  It does, however, require that you make sure that the bowl of your standing mixer is completely […]

Mozzarella Perlini with Red Onion Salad and Olive Vinaigrette

It’s Recipe Wednesday!  Today I want to celebrate the flavors of summer.  The other day I had a delicious Jersey vine ripened tomato for lunch with basil from my back yard and it was so quintessentially summer, I started thinking about sharing a recipe that captures those fresh flavors.  My Mozzarella Perlini with Red Onion Salad […]

Buffalo Poached Chicken with Blue Cheese Mousse

Happy Wednesday!  This week I’m sharing a flavor packed recipe that can be made ahead and served chilled in a glass or clear plastic cup.  I used a cup from EMI Yoshi, Inc. in the photo from my book, Stick It, Spoon It, Put it in a Glass, but you should have fun with your […]

Shrimp Paper with Poblano Chili Curry Mist and Tomato Dust

Happy Wednesday!   This week I’m sharing a really fun recipe from my book, Stick It, Spoon It, Put It in a Glass.  There are a few steps to this one.  The methods are not difficult for anyone who is comfortable in the kitchen, but you will need to plan ahead and start early as […]

Strawberry and Mint Julep Mousse with Lemon Biscotti

Happy Wednesday everyone!  This week’s recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your 4th of July picnic this weekend.  It’s fruity, cold, creamy, slightly boozy and packed with fresh summer flavor.  I hope you enjoy my Strawberry and Mint Julep Mousse with Lemon Biscotti!  Have a fun and safe holiday weekend kids and Fire It Up! Chef Eric

Seared Scallops with Citrus Confit and Fried Snow Pea Sprouts

Happy Wednesday Kids!  This week I’d like to share a recipe from my book, Stick It, Spoon It, Put it in a Glass,  that celebrates summer.  I hope you enjoy my Seared Scallops with Citrus Confit and Fried Snow Pea Sprouts.  These would be great with a fruity Sauvignon Blanc and served as an appetizer or […]

Alright it’s Hot. Let’s Not (just this once) Fire It Up…the Oven That Is!

We, in the the Mid-Atlantic and South East, are experiencing our first “heatwave” of the season.  It seems as though we should have had another week or two of perfect 72 degree weather this early into June, but no. Just like that, we feel as though we’re in the midst of the dog days of […]

Grilled Lamb with Pickled Scallions and Poached Yukon Potato Cubes

The warmer weather is finally here and it calls us out of the kitchen and into our back yards to Fire Up our grills.  How about a grilled lamb loin, scented with garlic and fresh rosemary from your herb garden?  This bite gets a citrusy kick of acid from pickled scallions and is balanced by creamy […]

Sticks, Spoons and Glasses to Enhance Your Brunch

Do you have a graduation or post-wedding brunch coming up this weekend?  This week I am sharing some amazing hors d’oeuvres and a sweet bite that are sure to punch up your brunch menu!  At a casual home brunch I like to offer a buffet with dishes I can assemble the day or night before and chill […]

Tuna Tartar Spoon with Guacamole and Soy Crisps

Happy Wednesday!  My Book Stick It, Spoon It, Put It In A Glass is out of print and sold out so I decided to share the recipes here for you all to enjoy. Thank you to all of you who bought it and also my most recent book Small Bites, Big Flavor! This week’s recipe is light, yet packed with […]

#evolutionmtg

Today is the day Kids! The guys and gals (a.k.a. #teamkickass!) of the Morris Tap & Grill kitchen have been brining, pickling, curing and smoking our own meats, seafood, fruits and veggies for a complete overhaul of our menu and handcrafted cocktails! And #evolutionmtg is rolling out today! We’ve never been average and have always […]

Check Out My Healthy Seasonal Recipes on Pazoo.Com

As we in the Mid-Atlantic States continue to anxiously await warmer weather, I’ve been sharing tips and recipes for eating with the season with Pazoo readers.  Head on over to www.pazoo.com for healthy recipes like Italian Bean “Meatballs” with Spaghetti Squash and Orange Crepe Stacks with Orange Curd.  And come back often, I share a new recipe every week! […]

Seafood Paella

Calamari has become a staple at many restaurants.  You’ll find it fried with marinara, drizzled with a sweet chili sauce, or cold in a seafood salad.  I remember my Hippie mom adding it to spaghetti sauce and back then it was just called squid – not by its fancy Mediterranean name!  My brother and I […]

Oscar’s Party

Birdman, Boyhood, American Sniper, Selma, Whiplash, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything… Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Meryl Streep, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawk… the level of talent represented in this year’s Academy Awards Nominations is amazing!  It’s difficult to pick a favorite or to predict the winners, but it’s fun to watch the show.  I’d […]

Dark Chocolate Bites

Valentine’s Day – it’s known as the most romantic day of the year!  But did you know that it’s also a day when many people like to get together with their family and friends?  When I look at the reservations for Morris Tap & Grill and Paragon Tap & Table, most are for parties of […]

Pan-seared Quail with Brussels Sprout & Mushroom Hash, Salsify Puree and Cranberry Reduction – Gluten Free

Last week at Morris Tap & Grill it was all about wild game.  Has everyone tried some form of wild game?  Most grocery stores now carry bison steaks and ground bison but did you know that some are also carrying meats that are a bit more unusual?  At my local grocer, they have a pretty nice […]

Grilled Roasted and Pickled

So, what do Chefs do on a snow day?  I imagine that most rest and relax with their family and friends after shoveling the driveway but many of them – me included – use this as an opportunity to create new recipes.  Last week was the Juno Blizzard that closed both of our restaurants for […]

Bringing Black Trumpet Mushrooms To The Table

This week I’ve been creating recipes with Black Trumpet mushrooms. They are also known as Horns of Plenty or King Trumpet Mushroom and are one of my favorite mushrooms. They can easily be found dried, but you may need to look a bit harder for fresh, or buy them online. I’ve seen them available in […]

Chef Eric’s Merry-Happy Year-End Food Traditions!

Hopefully your home is decorated, you’ve finished your shopping and the gifts are wrapped.  Have you decided what foods you’ll be making for Hanukkah or Christmas dinner?  Every family I know has their own traditions (green bean casserole, anyone?) and foods they just have to have to make it feel special. When I was a […]

How Do You Blue? Salemville Amish Cheeses’ Blue Cheese Recipe Contest!

I know you love the recipes I’ve created for Salemville Blue Cheeses, now its your turn to be the chef!  Enter your favorite recipe (according to the contest directions) and you could win a great prize – and your recipe could be featured on their website!  Click here to enter your winning recipe and Fire it up!  

Parties and Wine Tastings

When you are hosting a dinner party or supper club, decide in advance what wines you would like to serve, selecting ones that will complement your menu. If you are planning a party where everybody contributes a bottle of wine, ask each guest to bring a different wine until all the wine slots are filled. […]