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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 […]

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’ […]

The Countdown Continues…Three Days Til the Revolution!

Three Days!  In three days you will be able to rise up and demand a better ravioli!  My line of artisan ravioli is soon to be available for purchase online!  I am thrilled to announce the launch of my Ravioli Revolution.  The website is ready, the ravioli is in production and I am proud to […]

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 […]

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 […]