Category Archives: Recipes


I love making my own limoncello. The addition of lavender in this version imparts a slight floral aroma that does not overpower the lemon. This will be good for a party, but be sure to plan ahead, as it takes weeks to prepare. YIELD: 10–12 DRINKS 6 organic lemons 6 organic limes 3 sprigs lavender […]


Finishing this dessert with flaky fleur de sel not only balances the sugar in this sweet-tart custard, but it adds a crunchy texture to the topping. A touch of salt brings forth the fruit in the custard and preserves. EXPERIENCE LEVEL: @ YIELD: 6–8 SERVINGS LEMON CURD 5 egg yolks 1 cup sugar Juice and […]


This cocktail is refreshing and zingy. Enjoy any time of year. It would be equally welcome as an addition to your Chinese New Year celebration as it would be on a sweltering hot summer day. YIELD: 1 DRINK 6 ounces sweet tea 2 ounces green tea vodka 2 ounces ginger ale Thin slices of ginger […]


I like to add these milk shots to my coffee stations during events, or present them as a sweet finish at my restaurant. Serving warm cookies will make your guests feel pampered. YIELD: 4 DRINKS AND 2 DOZEN COOKIES IRISH MIST MILK 4 cups milk 1 cup Irish Mist Combine the two ingredients and mix […]

Roasted Pheasant, Roasted Apple, Pancetta Roulade

Roasted Pheasant, Roasted Apple, Pancetta Roulade Ingredients/Roasted Pheasant 2 pieces pheasant breast 2 tsp olive oil 2 sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped 2 springs fresh sage, finely chopped 2 shallots, finely chopped kosher salt ground white pepper 8 oz pancetta Method/Roasted Pheasant Remove the skin from the pheasant breast, then butterfly the breast and use […]


My love for cooking started with my grandmother. I created this EXPERIENCE LEVEL: @ spin on her honey cake in her honor, and each time I smell it baking, it takes me back to her kitchen in Brooklyn. YIELD: 6–8 SERVINGS 3 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1⁄2 […]


Classic ingredients with a twist! These rolls explode with flavor— smoky salmon and zingy ginger create an unexpected cohesion of flavor, while the cucumber adds a fresh crunch. YIELD: 12–18 BITES  SPICY SALMON 1 1⁄2 teaspoons mayonnaise 1⁄8 teaspoon sriracha sauce 1 1⁄2 teaspoons thick hot chili sauce, or to taste 1⁄4 pound cold-smoked […]


Everybody loves these flavors—tomatoes and clams steamed with oregano and thyme, roast pork accented with garlic and rosemary, and wild mushrooms in a rich creamy demi-glace. YIELD: 4–6 SERVINGS OVEN-ROASTED PORK LOIN 4 large garlic cloves, pressed 4 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary (or 2 teaspoons dried) 1 1⁄2 teaspoons coarse salt 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground […]


I often envision the shape my dishes will take before I even con- sider flavors or components. I call this “boxing,” and it gives me the foundation to build on. Think about the plates you’re using, the theme of the evening, the personalities of your guests, and “box” them all into the perfect meal! YIELD: […]


Snapper is a slightly sweet, mild, and firm fish. It benefits from this bite’s briny and spicy yet sweet sauce created by the mélange of manila clams, poblano peppers, and sweet potato. YIELD: 4 SERVINGS CLAMS AND SWEET-POTATO RAGOUT 3 poblano peppers 1 tablespoon olive oil 1⁄2 onion, peeled and diced 1 carrot, peeled and […]


Using vegetables in the place of pasta makes this dish light and gluten-free. I slice the zucchini lengthwise into thin slices and then grill them just until they are pliable. YIELD: 4–6 SERVINGS ZUCCHINI 4 medium zucchini, washed and cut lengthwise into 1⁄4-inch slices 1⁄4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon freshly ground […]


These mango-lime martinis would be the perfect “Welcome” cocktail at your summer pool party or barbecue. And sampling one of these while you are creating your party menu may inspire a tropical twist. YIELD: 2 DRINKS MANGO PUREE 2 cups frozen cubed mango 1 teaspoon fresh-squeezed lime juice 1⁄3 cup water 3 teaspoons sugar Place […]

Oven Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese Mousse and Balsamic Reduction

Ingredients/Oven Roasted Beets 2 red beets 2 tsp balsamic vinegar 2 tsp olive oil kosher salt pepper 1 sprig fresh rosemary leaves, chopped Method/Oven Roasted Beets Peel and cut beets into 20 1/2-inch wedges. Toss all ingredients together and season with salt and pepper. Place beets on a sheet pan and bake at 325o for […]

Rainbow Swiss Chard with Quinoa, corn and feta salad

Ingredients 2 hds rainbow swiss chard, washed and dried Kosher salt & White Pepper 4 cobs fresh corn 2 cups quinoa, cooked kosher salt ½ red onion, chopped Juice of 6 limes ¼ cup vegetable oil 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon cumin 4 oz feta cheese ½ cup chopped cilantro Method Grill the cobs of […]


Here the bacon acts as a skin, adding moisture to the chicken as it cooks. It’s crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and only made better with the zesty mustard dipping sauce. YIELD: 16 SKEWERS MUSTARD AIOLI 1⁄2 cup prepared mustard 1⁄2 cup mayo 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon chopped garlic Combine […]


Ceviche is one of my favorite fish preparations. This South American–inspired technique allows the freshness of the fish to shine. EXPERIENCE LEVEL: @ YIELD: 12–15 BITES TURBOT CEVICHE 1⁄2 pound turbot 4 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons diced red onion 4 tablespoons small-diced seeded tomatoes Dice turbot into small pieces but do not mash. Toss […]


If you love sushi but do not have the time or talent to roll maki, you can still enjoy the flavors with this presentation. The bright coral color of the fish makes a stunning display on a buffet, and serving it in individual cups or glasses makes it easy for your guests to enjoy in […]


I like to layer this mousse between crispy white-chocolate cookies, repeating the flavor while playing with different textural elements. Note that this dessert needs to be started two days before serving.  4–6 SERVINGS WHITE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE 1 1⁄2 cups heavy cream 1⁄2 cup coarsely chopped white chocolate 1⁄2 cup egg whites (from about 4 eggs) […]


This light, refreshing recipe is great for a heavy hors d’oeuvres dinner party. Seared sea scallops and shrimp are paired with a salad of silky avocado and crisp watermelon and accented with mint and garlic. Can’t you imagine the fragrance of summer? YIELD: 4 SERVINGS WATERMELON, AVOCADO, AND MINT SALSA 2 cups seedless watermelon cubes […]


I like the concept of a soup that has no strict recipe but consists of seasonal vegetables, beans, and some sort of pasta. I like playing with different combinations and noodle shapes, but this version, without pasta, is perfect to crown with pan-roasted sea scallops. YIELD: 4–6 SERVINGS Ingredients: 2 cups dried white lima or […]


People who reside along the mid-Atlantic coast take pride in their local sweet corn and fresh seafood, and this recipe celebrates the bounty of the Atlantic Ocean and farm-stand fresh corn. In addition, these cod and shrimp cakes offer a more complex texture than a typical crab cake. YIELD: 4 SERVINGS CORN SALSA 2 cups […]


This dish is a great, nutritious blend of oven-roasted chicken and farro, a grain that is considered a superfood. Wholesome and delicious, farro and hearty vegetables deliver the flavor and healthy edge that we need to balance a meal. YIELD: 4–6 SERVINGS ROASTED CHICKEN 1 (6-pound) roasting chicken Salt and freshly ground black pepper to […]

Panna Cotta 3 ways

Thoughts and ideas in creating the item Using eggshells as a vessel for food is a classic concept. The picture shown is how we serve it in our dining room. We also use the same concept for catered events as a small plate station. I love the concept of using 100% of everything in our […]


Crudo is the Italian word for “raw.” It’s important to use the highest quality and freshest tuna. I like to experiment with building flavors that highlight the quality and pure taste of the fish rather than overpower it. YIELD: 8–10 SERVINGS TUNA CRUDO 1 pound highest quality tuna* (preferably a thick piece from the loin) […]

Vegan Black Bean Tortilla Tower

Serves 4 Refried Black Beans Ingredients: 1 lb dry black beans 1 Tbsp olive oil 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 large white onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 garlic clove, minced 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (leaves and tender stems) Additional ingredients for frying the beans after they’ve been cooked: 1 […]

Best Burger Recipes

Recently seen CBS and PIX11 CBS-TV News called the burgers at Chef Eric’s Morris Tap and Grill among the Top 5 in New Jersey. If you can’t visit either location, you can still enjoy some of his favorite burger varieties at home: Turkey Burger Makes 12 sliders Ingredients 3 pounds ground turkey ¼ c seasoned bread […]

Grapefruit Buttermilk Doughnuts with Candied Zest

A  simple little dessert for you to enjoy. Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray 2 c. all-purpose flour 2 c. granulated sugar 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. ground ginger ½ tsp. salt 1¼ c. Buttermilk 1 large Egg 2 tbsp. canola oil 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 large grapefruit 4 strip grapefruit zest 1 c. confectioners’ […]

Green Onion Tart

This recipe is a nice and light afternoon dish to enjoy with a light pinot noir or pinot grigio. This can be served room temp, cold or even warm, it depends on your mood. Easy. Simple. Done. Ingredients 1 lb. green onions 2 tbsp. lemon juice ½ c. red wine ¾ tsp. salt ½ tsp. […]

Cauliflower toast with Chorizo Eggs

This light and interesting approach to a classic egg and toast concept is a departure from what you might expect from a breakfast or brunch dish. The texture of the cauliflower brings a light but full flavor a healthier alternative to bread. Easy. Simple. Done. Cauliflower “Toast”  INGREDIENTS 1 medium head cauliflower 1 large egg […]

Jerk Chicken with Forbidden Rice and Pineapple Chutney

What a fun and healthy dish to serve to you friends and family. The balance of the spice of the jerk chicken with the pineapple chutney makes a fun and flavorful dish to enjoy all year long. Serves 4 Ingredients 2 lbs chicken tenderloins 4 fresh scallions, white and light green parts, minced 8 cloves garlic, […]

Vegan Meatballs with Basil “pesto” and Angel hair Pasta

Chicken Pea Meatballs INGREDIENTS 2 cups chickpeas, drained 2 tablespoons ground flax seed 6 tablespoons water 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 1.5 teaspoons garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon salt, kosher 1/2 teaspoon parsley 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 1/4 teaspoon basil Method Blend chickpeas in a blender until smooth mix 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed with 6 tablespoons of water. Let sit for 10-15 minutes. Using a mixer, mix together the chickpeas and flax […]

Corn and Mussel Chowder with Mahi Mahi and Black Rice

What a great dish to enjoy any given day with a nice glass of chardonnay or pinot noir. you can eat the components separately or pour the chowder over the mahi mahi. Soooo good. Easy. Simple Done. CORN AND MUSSEL CHOWDER Ingredients: 3 ears of corn, kernels only 2 large leeks, white parts 1 stalk […]

Chili Shrimp with Sriracha Risotto and Thai Basil risotto

This dish is a great balance of spice and sweet. While it may be more of a culinary challenge it will be worth it for sure. Chili Shrimp INGREDIENTS 1⁄2lb shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 -3garlic cloves, minced 2teaspoons ginger, grated 1teaspoon dried red chili pepper (or chili flakes) 3scallions, minced 3 tablespoons sesame oil […]

Quinoa & Roasted Cauliflower

This light and wonderful dish can be served hot or cold. All the components lend themselves to a great side or meal. East. Simple. Done. Quinoa & Roasted Cauliflower – Vegan & Gluten-Free Serves 8 as a side or 4 as dinner Ingredients 2 c dry quinoa (cooked in vegetable stock according to package directions- […]

Blue Cheese Ravioli with Pancetta Crisps and Red Onion Confit

Chef Notes The ravioli can be made up to 1 day ahead and heated on-site just before service. Variations You can fill the ravioli with a wild mushroom or butternut squash mixture, instead of the blue cheese mixture, and then change to a complementary foam flavor, such as garlic-rosemary for the wild mushrooms or cinnamon-brown […]

Italian Bean “Meatballs”

This is a great, light, easy, Vegan and gluten free dish that can be prepared ahead of time. Easy. Simple. Done. Gluten Free and Vegan Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 3/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped and toasted 3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats 1 cup shredded carrot 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, […]

Smoked Salmon Salad with Scallion Caper Mousse

Smoked salmon is one of those delicate flavors that compliments many different occasions. Be it an appetizer, a brunch or even a first course for dinner. The oils in the smoked salmon lend themselves very well in balancing with acids, so choose a nice acidic white wine or zesty cocktail to balance with this fun […]

Roasted Pheasant, Roasted Apple, Pancetta Roulade

Pheasant is an underappreciated game bird that I truly believe f you tried, you would learn to love it as much as I do. The saltiness of the pancetta gies the a nice balance wit the roasted appl. Great served hot or cold. Easy. Simple. Done. Ingredients/Roasted Pheasant 2 pieces pheasant breast 2 tsp olive […]

Pepato Bread Pudding with Crispy Spinach and Butternut Squash

This a fun little appetizer dish that is a fun way to play with cheese. Pepato is a semi-hard sheep milk cheese with peppercorns and is perfect for a bread pudding. Pepato Bread Pudding Ingredients 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature 12 slices good quality white sandwich bread, crusts trimmed off (about 8 oz […]


Duck begs for flavors like ginger and sweet plums. The pickled plum relish balances the savory sweetness of the tender duck wraps. Easy. Simple. Done. YIELD: 12 BITES BRAISED DUCK 1 whole Muscovy duck, approximately 3 pounds Salt and pepper to taste 2 cups hoisin sauce 3 cups chicken stock 1⁄2 cup flour 3 teaspoons […]

Goat Cheese stuffed Shishito Peppers with Ginger Glaze

Shishito is a pepper that un my opinion is underutilized. I love the sweet and spicy flavors that this pepper offers. Here is a great little dish that has a balance of heat and just enough sweet. Easy. Simple. Done. INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons finely diced shallots 1 scallion , thinly sliced 1 1/2 teaspoons aged […]

Here’s the Blood Mary Appearance on PIX 11

Heres the link to the apperance. While Jan. 1 is New Year’s Day, it also happens to be National Bloody Mary Day. It seems very fitting since the bloody mary is known as a hangover remedy – and who among us hasn’t woken up on New Year’s Day with one of those? Chef Eric […]

Cous Cous Stuffed Tomato With Mint Pesto

This light and simple dish can be prepared to be served either hot or cold for any time of year as an appetizer or a great side. Easy. SImple. Done. Serves 4-6 as an entrée or 12 as a side dish Ingredients / Cous Cous Tomato 1 dozen medium tomatoes 1 box of Israeli couscous […]


  The flavors of chicken, ginger, and mushroom have always been a great combination in various cultures and many cuisines. This light and flavorful twist on a classic presentation will delight your guests. EXPERIENCE LEVEL: @ YIELD: 24 BITES CREPES 1⁄3 cup all-purpose flour 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 3 eggs 1 cup milk Preheat oven to […]

Pan Seared Quail With Brussels Sprout & Mushroom Hash

This fun game dish is an easy holiday dish. Its a dish that will please any game lover while introducing something new to the foodie in your life. And its gluten free too. Easy. Simple. Done. Serves 4 People Quail Ingredients 4 pc quail, boneless 2 tsp minced garlic 3 tsp olive oil Salt and […]

Trio of Healthy Grains – Vegetarian & Gluten Free 

Focusing on healthy and flavorful foods cn be hard at times. Trying new thigs sometimes can stress people out, so here are some simple recipes to help you along the way. Easy. Simple. Done 1. Cous Cous Ingredients 1 c couscous 1 c boiling water 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced ¼  c diced red bell pepper 4 green […]

Idaho Potato Panzanella Stack

This recipe is a fun one that I created for Idaho Potato Commission and featured in their 2017 calendar. I hope you will enjoy making it and eating it as I did enjoy creating it. Fire it up! Ingredients: INGREDIENTS: BASIL OIL • ½ bunch basil, about 2 cups • ¼ cup olive oil • […]

Smoked Salmon Lollipops With Bagel Dust

For the holiday season or any time of year, this great small bite is a hit at any party. Fire it up!!! Makes 10 pieces – can be doubled Lollipops Ingredients 10 oz smoked salmon 8 oz cream cheese 2 tbsp scallions sliced thinly on the bias 1 tsp capers 2 tsp lemon juice   […]

Mushroom Tortelloni

As you know i’m a big fan of pasta. Here is a simple recipe to follow that has great flavors while not being overwhelming. Easy. Simple. Done. Fire it up!!! Makes approx. 36 pieces – serves 4 Tortelloni are very similar to tortellini – just a bit bigger in size! Ingredients For the pasta dough: […]

Grape, Hazelnut & Caramel Crunch (GF, Vegetarian)

Gluten free and vegetarian – makes approximately 6 cups and is delicious served with oatmeal, yogurt, sorbet, or gelato, and it’s awesome just on its own! Ingredients 5 ounce blanched hazelnuts 2c pumpkin seeds – shelled 1 ½ cups sunflower seeds – shelled 1 cup cashews 1 tsp pinenuts ½ c  maple syrup 1 tsp brown sugar […]

Vegetable Roll – Vegetarian

Serves 4 This will take a little bit of time to get all of the ingredients julienned (cut into match stick like pieces) and approximately the same size but it will be well worth it! Ingredients ½ c carrot, peeled, julienned ½ c daikon radish, peeled, julienned ½ c snow peas, trimmed and strings removed, […]

Pork Loin W/Apple Marmalade

Light, full of flavor and easy to make. Serves 4 Ingredients 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 white onion, thinly sliced 1/3 c balsamic vinegar 1/3 c sherry vinegar 1 c water Salt and freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 small green apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 3 pitted prunes, thinly […]

Torn Chicken with Spicy Tabasco Tomato Confit and Celery Chips

With the holidays here, and all sorts of parties going on, enjoy this simple but fun appetizer with your friends and family. Easy. Simple. Done. Fire it up!!! Ingredients/Torn Chicken 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 cups tomato juice 1 cup chicken stock 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped 1/2 medium red onion, chopped 1 […]

Duck Ravioli with Roasted Vegetables

So raviolis have become a passion of mine, i even have a ravioli company, if you ever need to order amazing raviolis. Thank being said, if you enjoy making ravioli as much as I do try this recipe out, its a lights out ravioli dish. Easy. Simple. Done. Fire it up!!! Serves 4 Duck […]

Roasted Stuffed Butternut Squash (Vegan)

Perfect time of year for this rustic and delicious dish. Easy. Simple. Done.  Fire it up!!!! Ingredients Butternut Squash 2 butternut squash, split in half lengthwise and seeds removed 4 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp white pepper   Filling 2 Tbsp Olive oil 1 Tbsp garlic, chopped 1 quart Brussels sprouts, […]

Orange Crepe Stack

Fun in the kitchen is what this dish is all about. The oranges can be substituted with different fruits such as dragon fruit or blood orange, so you can take advantage of the seasons. Fire it up! Serves 4 Crepe Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup less 1 tablespoon water 2 […]

Crostini Trio – Vegetarian

  This great combination of easy recipes can be prepared a day ahead and finished before you are serving to your guests at the last minute. Easy. Simple. Done. 1. Edamame Hummus Ingredients 1 c cooked edamame ¼ c tahini 2 tbsp. lemon juice 1 garlic clove, peeled 2 tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh herbs (rosemary, […]

Coconut Curry Steamed Mussels

This light and flavorful dish will be a show stopper at any dinner party for the holidays or just for you and some special people in your home to enjoy. Easy. Simple. Done. Ingredients 8 sprigs cilantro, separate leaves and stems and roughly chop both 4 cloves of garlic, sliced thin 2 small shallots, sliced […]

Wild Mushroom Crisp

Here is a fun and vegetarian Crisp that can be served as an appetizer or a snack, even a light mid day meal. Easy. Simple. Done. Crisp 1 sheet puff pastry Heat oven to 350° Roll puff pastry into a 9″ x 9″ square and place on a sheet of parchment paper on a baking […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Shepherds 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 Shepherds 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 forSweet 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 […]

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– amarriage 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 […]

Scallop Ceviche with Citrus Compote and Basil Foam

Labor Day weekend is upon us! To me, and to so many of us, this means Firing Up the grill and gathering with friends and family to say goodbye to summer. Come Tuesday, we all need to be ready to get back into the busy groove of the fall and winter seasons. So lets enjoy […]

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 ofheirloom vegetables and exotic mushroomscominginto market from farms all over the countryis 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

Ilove lamb. And this bite is made with the loin which is low in fat butpacked with flavor due toa rub ofgarlic, 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 takeaclassicdish and alter its chemical propertiesto createa 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. MyMozzarella 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 atyour 4thof July picnic this weekend. It’s fruity, cold, creamy, slightly boozyand packed with fresh summer flavor. I hope you enjoy my Strawberry and Mint Julep Moussewith Lemon Biscotti! Haveafun 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 frommy 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 callsus 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 offera buffet with dishes I canassemble 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 alsomy most recent bookSmall Bites, Big Flavor!This week’s recipe islight, yet packed with […]

Check Out My Healthy Seasonal Recipes on Pazoo.Com

As we in the Mid-Atlantic Statescontinue to anxiously await warmer weather, I’ve been sharing tips and recipes for eating with the seasonwith Pazoo readers. Head on over to www.pazoo.comfor healthy recipes like Italian Bean “Meatballs” with Spaghetti Squashand 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. Youll 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

Valentines Day its known as the most romantic day of the year! But did you know that its 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

Lastweek 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 […]

A New Twist on Hummus

If youve been reading my columns on, you already know that I like hummus and adding different flavors and spices to shake it up. Serving it with pita chips is the norm, but I woke up thinking about making a handheld cone that would serve as the vessel for the hummus. So, what could […]

Bringing Black Trumpet Mushrooms To The Table

This week Ive 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. Ive seen them available in […]

Chef Erics Merry-Happy Year-End Food Traditions!

Hopefully your home is decorated, youve finished your shopping and the gifts are wrapped. Have you decided what foods youll 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 […]

Tailgating Recipes: As Seen On Fox & Friends On Super Bowl Sunday

Tune in to Fox & Friendson Super Bowl Sunday at 9:20 am EST as I prepare live, some Super Bowl tailgate dishes. Representing the Denver Broncos: Mini Braised Short Rib Taco Bites! Click here for a printable recipe. And for the Seattle Seahawks: Smoked Salmon Belly Pops with Cucumber Dipping Sauce! Click here for a […]

My Cups Cake War

My CupcakeWar Posted onAugust 25, 2011bychefericlevine|2 Comments While I am not a pastry Chef, I do enjoy playing with all types of pastries. I believe in having fun and playing in all food mediums. These cupcakes are just a few styles that we are doing, though we are working on more flavors. Enjoy!   Fire […]

Summer Harvest and a Seasonal Chart

Looking at the seasons when developing menus I have noticed that people are so unfamiliar as to what is really a seasonal fruit or vegetable. So here is a chart that will guide you through the seasons, showing you what is at peak quality so you can maximize your flavors. cuesa_seasonality_veg_chart July marks a turning […]

Port Punch Recipe

Yield: Serves 4 Cook Time: 10 minutes INGREDIENTS cup Txakol white wine (or other slightly effervescent and dry, unoaked white wine) cup white grape juice cup white port 2 tablespoons peach brandy cup club soda or seltzer water 1 lime, quartered 1 ripe peach–peeled, halved, pitted and chopped 4 mint sprigs […]

A Dessert of Tastes and Texture…SOFT, SILKY and SMOOTH

With every season that passes, it opens another door to explore, another opportunity to embrace a season and another invitation of life to accept. As we eat, the senses are stimulated, the brain goes into hyper drive and everything is illuminated. This dessert was a play on the textures of Soft, Silky and Smooth. I […]

My Cupcake War

While I am not a pastry Chef, I do enjoy playing with all types of pastries. I believe in having fun and playing in all food mediums. These cupcakes are just a few styles that we are doing, though we are working on more flavors. Enjoy!

Chocolate Bread Pudding

Chocolate Bread Pudding is one of my favorite ways to use up croissants as well as chocolate that is used for coating. This can be served as a dessert or on your brunch menu, I always love a side of fresh whipped cream or maybe even some cinnamon carmel whipped cream to top it off […]

Corn and Shrimp Chowder

          A farmers market or roadside stand is the best source for sweet corn. The natural sugars in the corn begin converting to starch the minute the ears are picked, so freshness is critical. Look for cobs with crisp green husks and dry, brownish silk that extends out the top (yellowish […]

Apple, Fennel Celery Salad

                Ingredients 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 1/2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh tarragon 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon sugar 3 celery stalks, thinly sliced diagonally, plus 1/4 cup loosely packed celery leaves 2 small fennel bulbs, thinly sliced […]

Recipes Using Various Types of Chili Powder

Keep your taste buds Fired Up with theserecipesusingvarious chili powders made from dried and ground Ancho, New Mexican, Chipotle, Aleppo,Anaheim andSerrano chilies.Each chili produces a unique flavor, smokiness, sweetness and heat level. These distinctions mean thateachchili will combine with other ingredientsdifferently to create a specific result and flavor profile. Enjoy and Fire ItUp!

All About Garlic

Garlic: A Love-Hate Relationship Like generations before us, we seem to have a love-hate relationship with garlic. For centuries garlic has been the bogeyman of ingredients. The upper classes thumbed their noses at its strong smell and considered it food fit only for laborers. Consequently, garlic was assigned strength- and endurance-building attributes. Egyptian slaves built […]

Jalapeno Sticky Wings

Kick off your 4th of July BBQ with this bangin’ wing recipe- aperfect addition to your grilling repertoire.Serve them with your favorite cooling cocktails because they’re fiery. Try them withMango Coladas ornon-alcoholic Gingery Peach Coolers and Fire it up!

Working with Chocolate

The best chocolate for dipping is called couverture. Couverture contains a high proportion of rich cocoa butter, and has a deep color and shine. It comes in a solid block or in easily meltable “coins.” It breaks with a clean snap and will l…iterally melt in your mouth (because its melting point is just below […]