Category Archives: Tips for Success

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 […]

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 […]

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 let’s enjoy […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Grilling Seafood

Firm-fleshed, thickly cut fish, such as tuna, salmon, swordfish, halibut, grouper, or sea bass, cook best on the grill. Shellfish, such as lobster, shrimp, scallops, oysters, and mussels, also benefit from a light charring on a grill.   

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 […]