Seabass a la Michele – Roasted Bass with Warm Potato Salad

Ingredients for 2 portions: 2 thick-cut boneless, skinless Chilean sea bass filets (about 8-oz each) 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp sherry vinegar 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp kosher salt, plus some sprinkled on top 1 sliced red jalapeño 1/2 cup sliced green onions 4 or 5 small potatoes, cooked and quartered

Classic Strawberry Shortcake

Makes 6 Large or 8 Normal Strawberry Shortcakes: 2 cups self rising flour ((You can make you own by sifting together 2 cups of all-purpose flour with 1 tablespoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon fine salt) 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup milk 4 tbsp butter, melted, and lightly toasted to a […]

Banana Nutella French Toast

INGREDIENTS: 6 large bread slices (brioche preferably) 1 banana Spread (nutella, cookie butter, chocolate spread, etc.) 1 tablespoon chopped scallions 2 large eggs 1/2 cup (120 ml) milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

French Toast Bake

Ingredients: serves 4 12 slices white crusty thick bread 1/2 cup brown sugar 4 eggs 1 1/2 cup milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp mixed spice

Beef Jerky

Ingredients for about 6 (2-oz) portions Beef Jerky: 2 pounds thinly sliced beef top round 3/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 3/4 cup soy sauce 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 1 rounded tablespoon smoked paprika 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 generous tablespoon honey – […]

Ancient Grain Dish Farro with Wild Mushrooms

Ingredients for 6 portions: 1/2 oz dried porcini mushrooms (a small handful), *soaked, and chopped 2 tbsp olive oil 10 brown mushrooms, cubed 1/2 onion, small dice 2 clove minced garlic salt to taste 1 heaping cup pearled farro 3 cups chicken stock, divided 2 tbsp crème fraiche freshly ground black pepper to taste 2 […]

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Ingredients for 2 large portions: 2 teaspoon vegetable oil 2 lobster tails (5-6 oz each) 2 tablespoons butter 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups cold milk cayenne to taste 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste pinch ground nutmeg few drops Worcestershire sauce 4 ounces grated sharp white cheddar cheese […]

Bagna Cauda (Hot Garlic & Anchovy Vegetable Dip)

Ingredients for 1 1/4 cup Bagna Cauda 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons butter 6-8 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 6-8 anchovy filets 2 tsp red wine vinegar chili flakes to taste

Roasted Apple & Parsnip Soup

Ingredients for 6 Portions: 2 lbs parsnips, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch sticks 2 green apples, peeled, cut in thick slices Note: a diced yellow onion could be added to the roasted vegetables. I didn’t want this too sweet, so I tried without one, and it was amazing, but I’ll try the next batch with that […]

Lobster Newburg

Ingredients for 4 appetizer sized portions: 4 (4-oz) lobster tails 2 tbsp clarified butter (melted butter with the milky foam removed) 2 or 3 tbsp sherry or brandy salt to taste 1/2 cup heavy cream 2 large egg yolks cayenne pepper to taste pinch of fresh grated nutmeg

Bananas Foster

Ingredients for two portions: 2 bananas, peeled, cut in four pieces each 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar 1 ounce Banana liqueur (mine was 17% alcohol) 2 ounces rum 2 pinches cinnamon 2 scoops vanilla ice cream

Beef on Weck

Part 1: Part 2: Ingredients for 12 Kummelweck Rolls: 1 envelope active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp) 1 cup warm water (105 F.) 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp sugar 1 1/2 tsp salt 1 large egg white 1 generous tsp honey 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 pound top-sirloin roast salt and pepper to taste […]

Mustard Flavored Crostini (Crostini Dijonnaise)

Ingredients for one baguette: 1 baguette, sliced diagonally 4 tbsp soft butter 2 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tbsp yellow mustard salt, freshly ground black pepper, and cayenne to taste – bake at 350 F. until crisp and golden brown (Next time I may try to add a few tablespoons of olive oil, and a pinch […]

Duck Rillettes

Ingredients for about 3 cups of Duck Rillettes: 1 whole duck (about 4 1/2 pounds) – For spice rub: 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt 2 generous teaspoons fresh ground black pepper 2 teaspoons dried thyme – For the potpourri: 12 cloves garlic six 1/4-inch slices fresh ginger 3 bay leaves peel from 1 orange (only […]

Fried Peach & Pancetta Pizza

For One Small Fried Peach & Pancetta Pizza: (all ingredient amounts are purely guesses) 3-4 ounces prepared pizza dough 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese, plus a pinch of salt if needed fresh thyme leaves fresh ground black pepper 2 ounces pancetta 5-6 slices fresh peach freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano extra virgin olive oil, plus regular olive […]

Canelés De Bordeaux – French Custard Mini Cakes

INGREDIENTS: 2 cups (500 ml) milk 3 1/2 tablespoons (50 grams) butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup (100 grams) all-purpose white flour 1 1/4 cups (250 grams) white granulated sugar Pinch of salt 2 whole large eggs + 2 egg yolks Extra butter for the mold

Cranberry Stuffed Game Hens

Ingredients for Cranberry & Walnut Stuffed Game Hens (Makes 2 whole or 4 half portions) 2 whole game hens (about 1 1/4 pounds each), fully dressed, and seasoned with salt to taste For the stuffing: 3 tbsp butter 1/4 cup minced shallots 2 tbsp chopped green onions 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1 cup chicken broth […]

Bok Choy Steamed Rice

Ingredients for 4 portions: 1 1/2 cups cold water 1 cup long grain rice 1 large bok choy, separated, and sliced 1 tsp soy sauce, plus more to taste 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil 1 tsp sambal chili sauce toasted sesame seeds to garnish

Spicy Coconut Cashew Tuna Tartare

Ingredients for 4 portions: 8 oz frozen “Sushi Grade” Yellowfin tuna (aka Ahi), diced, kept ice cold) 2 tbsp chopped cashews 2 tbsp sliced red onions 2 tsp grated fresh ginger 1 lime, juiced, plus more to taste salt to taste 2 tbsp thinly sliced fresh jalapeño rings or 1 tbsp minced serrano pepper 1/4 […]

French Toast

Ingredients: 1 French baguette, sliced 3 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup cream 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tbls caster sugar 1 tsp lemon rind 1 tbls butter serve with maple syrup (optional)

Sausage Stuffed Piquillo Peppers

Ingredients for 12 Stuffed Piquillo Peppers: 12 Piquillo Peppers olive oil, as needed 4 oz chorizo, Merguez sausage, or any spicy sausage meat 1/2 cup diced green onions salt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup cooked white long grain rice 2 oz goat cheese 2 cloves crushed garlic 2 tbsp parsley, plus more to garnish […]

Spicy Coconut & Calamari Salad

Ingredients for 4 Portions Spicy Coconut & Calamari Salad: 1 pound calamari, cleaned, cut into thin rings 1 small green Serrano pepper, minced 1 red Fresno pepper, sliced thin 2 tablespoons green onion 1 teaspoon palm sugar (aka coconut) 1 generous tablespoon fish sauce 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar 1/4 cup lime juice 2 tablespoons […]

Original Joe’s Ground Beef & Spinach Scramble

Ingredients: NOTE: This version is mostly meat and spinach, but if you want something closer to a classic scramble, then cup the beef and spinach amounts in half. This is how most restaurants that copy the recipe do it!) 1 tbsp olive oil 1/3 cup diced onion 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms 8 oz lean ground […]

Roast Leg of Lamb with Pomegranate

Ingredients: 1 leg of lamb (without the shank), boned, and butterflied For the wet rub: 1/4 cup pomegranate molasses 4 cloves coarsely minced garlic 1 tbsp fresh chopped rosemary 1 tsp Aleppo pepper, or other red pepper flakes to taste 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp kosher salt 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp […]

Grilled Brie & Pear Sandwich

Miso Glazed Black Cod – Easy Broiled Fish

Ingredients: 2 black cod filet (about 7 oz each) 2 tbsp water 3 tbsp white miso 2 tbsp mirin 2 tbsp sake 1 tbsp brown sugar

Chicken Breasts Braised with Olives

Ingredients: 4 boneless, skin-on chicken breasts salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste 2 tsp Herbs De Provence (the brand I used contained dried chervil, basil, rosemary, tarragon, garlic, lavender, marjoram, savory, thyme, and parsley) 2 tbsp olive oil 1/4 cup sliced shallots 1 cup sliced olives 1 cup chicken broth 1 lemon, juiced 2 tbsp […]

Shaved Asparagus Salad with Fried Pastrami and Mustard Dressing

Ingredients: 24 large asparagus spears (save bottoms for soup) salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste 4 oz pastrami, sliced thin For the dressing: 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 2 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar (or regular rice vinegar with a pinch of salt and sugar) 3-4 tbsp olive oil, or to taste

Crab Stuffed Sole

Ingredients for 2 portions: 6 sole filets (12 ounces) salt to taste For the filling: 4 oz crabmeat 2 tsp minced green onion 1 tbsp finely diced poblano pepper salt and pepper to taste 1/2 tsp lemon juice 1 tbsp panko breadcrumbs For the sauce: 1/3 cup mayonnaise 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest cayenne […]

Caviar “Fish & Chips”

Ingredients for 100-120 bites (using 1/2-gram of roe per chip) 2 oz golden trout roe (or any other caviar or roe) 120 potato crisps or chips (I used original flavor Popchips) about 1/2 cup sour cream chives as needed

Duck Fat Steak Fries

Ingredients for 4 portions: 2 large russet potatoes 2-3 tablespoons duck fat salt and pepper to taste pinch of cayenne 1 tbsp minced fresh thyme leaves – 325 F. for 40 minutes – 450 F. for about 20 minutes or until done

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Ingredients for one 10-inch pizza crust: 1 head cauliflower (about 3 packed cups ground) 1/2 cup water – Cook cauliflower with water for 5-6 minutes, let cool, and squeeze out ALL water with a towel. You should have about 1 1/2 cups of dry cauliflower pulp left. 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 ounce finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano […]

Pan-Roasted Halibut with Mushrooms & Lemon Butter Sauce

Ingredients for 2 portions: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp butter, melted in oil 2 (7-oz each) halibut filets salt and cayenne to taste handful of clamshell mushrooms, or sliced un-cool, regular mushrooms 1/4 cup water juice from 1/2 lemon, or to taste 1 tbsp chopped Italian parsley 1 1/2 tbsp butter to finish sauce

French Dip Sandwich

Ingredients: 1 3.5lb Rump Roast 1 Tbsp of Dry Italian Seasoning 2 Yellow Onions, sliced 8 Cloves of Garlic, chopped 2 cups of Beef stock 1 cup or a 12 oz Dark beer 2 Tbsp of Worcesteshire sauce 2 Tbsp of Soy Sauce 2 Tbsp of Dried Onion Flakes 2 Tbsp of Vegetable oil Salt […]

Spicy Cheddar & Beer Spread

Ingredients: 16 ounces of cheese 2 cloves garlic, minced fine 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/2 tsp cayenne powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 cup flat beer

Utica Greens & Beans

Ingredients: 2 heads escarole 2 tbsp olive oil 4 ounces pancetta or prosciutto, diced (You can drain some of the rendered fat if it looks like it’s going to be too much. You want about 2 tablespoons total rendered fat pancetta in the casserole) handful of sliced fresh hot peppers, or jarred pickled peppers 3 […]

Crab Stuffed Deviled Eggs

Ingredients: For the bottoms: *6 large hard-boiled eggs (makes 12 pieces) 2 oz fresh crab meat, chopped 3 or 4 tbsp mayonnaise, or enough to achieve desired consistency few drops of Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp lemon juice 2 tsp chopped tarragon 1/2 tsp hot sauce or to taste pinch of old […]

Vegan Chocolate Fudge with Walnuts

Ingredients for about 2 dozen squares of Miracle Fudge: 1/2 cup really good unsweetened cocoa (I used this one) 1/2 cup real maple syrup 1/2 cup melted coconut oil 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped and lightly toasted few drops of vanilla pinch of salt

The Shooter’s Sandwich

Ingredients: For the mustard sauce: 3 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tbsp extra hot horseradish 1 tbsp mayo For the mushrooms: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp butter, divided 1 1/2 pound button mushrooms salt and pepper to taste cayenne to taste 1/2 cup minced shallots 2 tbsp brandy or sherry

Turkey Matzo Ball Soup

Ingredients: For the turkey broth: 3-4 pounds of roasted turkey bones and meat scraps (use everything you have, the fattier the pieces the better) at least 2 quarts water or chicken broth, or enough to cover 1 large onion, chopped 2 ribs celery For the matzo balls (makes 8): 2 large beaten eggs 2 tbsp […]

French Made Creamy Biscuits

Gorgonzola Cream Sauce – Creamy Pasta Sauce

Ingredients: 1 cup heavy whipping cream (36% fat) salt and pepper to taste cayenne to taste 3 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled 2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, optional 6 ounces dry mini-ravioli (double to 12-oz if using fresh ravioli or tortellini) 1/2 apple, diced 1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts

French Baguette

Ingredients For 4 smaller or 2 large baguette: 1/4 tsp dry active yeast (I used Fleischmann’s Rapid Rise Yeast) (Note: if you want to use a traditional bread technique, add the whole package of yeast (2 1/4 tsp) and proceed as usual) 1 1/2 cups water (325 grams) 1 3/4 tsp salt 18 oz by […]

Dark Chocolate Souffle

INGREDIENTS a knob of butter 1 tbsp of cocoa powder dark chocolate (90g) 1 tbsp of double cream 3 eggs, separated 2 tbsp of caster sugar a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Beef Medallions with Fresh Horseradish Cream

Ingredients 2 tbsp vegetable oil for frying 4 pieces (about 3-oz each) beef top sirloin, pounded into 1/4-inch thick medallions salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste flour as needed 2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered 1 tbsp rice vinegar 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp sugar freshly ground black pepper to taste For the horseradish cream: 1/3 […]