Mac ‘n Cheese is one of my favorite comfort foods, and over the years, the versions I make have evolved quite a bit. As a kid, it started with the boxed versions, with a bit of extra cheese added.
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Too often my friends think of pasta dishes as having to be heavy and rich. And while I love them that way…heavy and rich certainly they do not have to be. There are a ton of pasta recipes that are light, have subtle flavors, and are absolutely delicious. Here’s just such a recipe for Tortellini.
While I would certainly not claim to be a restaurant quality cook, let alone a fine dining chef, I do get a ton of menu ideas from restaurants, and believe with some core cooking techniques, I can make some pretty good versions of their specialities. This is a recipe for Cavatelli with Duck and Mushrooms that is based on a dish I had at One Market in San Francisco. I
I have a number of simple, fast pasta dishes, in my bag of tricks, but it probably doesn’t get any simpler than store bought ravioli and a 4 ingredient sauce that takes about 8 minutes to make. Impossible you say? 12 minutes to an elegant, tasty dinner on the table? I say Yes You Can ;-)...and I'll show you how to do it in this recipe video. The main key is to use store bought ravioli, and
Shrimp are one of my favorite ingredients to cook with. The mild flavor works with a ton of different foods, and I also really love the firm, but tender texture of shrimp – provided they are cooked right. In this video, I show you how you to make a pretty simple recipe that is quick to make, but don’t right, it tastes really great – Shrimp with Spaghetti. Of course, there are all kinds of wa
Risotto is one of my favorite foods. Traditionally made from aborio rice, it is one of those platform ingredients that you can make literally thousands of dishes from. However, not one to hold closely to tradition, I’ve started making risotto out of ingredients other than rice. In this recipe video, I show you how to make an Orzo risotto. Orzo is a ric
While pasta makes for great main courses, there are a ton of different and great soup, salad, and side dish applications. In this recipe video, I’m going to show you how to make an Orzo Pasta with Summer Vegetables that certainly could be a main, but that I generally use for either a hot side dish, or a cold pasta salad. Orzo is a small, rice shaped pasta, that is pe
I amazing me, that you can put just about any ingredient in Macaroni and Cheese and it makes a great dish (ok maybe mackerel wouldn’t be too good). And while the traditional version is quite awesome, I love to “mix it up” with new ingredients. I especially like it when I can match those new ingredients to a season or time of year. That’s the case in this recipe video, where I show you how t
You don’t need much to make a great pasta dish. Frankly, it’s amazing that with just 4 – 5 ingredients, you can create a flavorful, filling, interesting and easy dinner…that’s the magic of pasta. In this recipe video, I’m going to show you how to make one of those dishes, Fettucini with Basil and Garlic. It’s a take on another “platform“ recipe,
As I’ve said before, pasta recipes are among my favorites because there are so many options, with so many ingredients. I love the rich heavy sauces, that simmer on the stove and perfume the entire house (if not neighborhood), and I also love the light quick dishes that take 20 minutes to make, but are still packed with flavor and bite. In this recipe video, I show you one of those 20 minute p