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Valentines Day Heart Shaped Scallops

While the saying goes the way to man’s heart is through his stomach, I’ve found it no less true for the fairer sex; and Valentines day is the perfect time to test the rule.  This is my Valentine’s day recipe for Heart Shaped Scallops, and while seemingly a bit cheesy, I guarantee success.  The first time I made these, they were for a girlfriend and it was early in our relationship.  And they, a

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Cavatelli with Duck and Mushroom

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

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Wild Mushroom Pizza

Homemade pizza is actually quite easy to make.  And once you know the basic techniques (I cheat on the pizza dough), can you swap out toppings really easily.  I like matching my pizzas to the time of year, and to what’s fresh and available...that makes seasonal offerings really easy.  While great all year long, during the Fall and Winter, one of my favorite toppings is mushrooms.  In this recip

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Mushroom Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce

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

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Spaghetti with Shrimp

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

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Orzo Risotto

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

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Orzo with Summer Vegetables

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

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Eggplant Parmesan

Can “Parmesan” be used a verb?  As in, take this chicken and Parmesan it - the result is chicken parmesan.  It should be; because you cover just about anything in a good tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, and it’s going to taste great - it needs it's own verb..  In this recipe video, I show you how to make an easy Eggplant Parmesan that is absolutely delicious.  Eggplant is a perfect vegetable

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Roasted Halibut with Tomato Sauce and Orzo

If your looking for an easy halibut recipe, I’ve got one for you.  Halibut is one of my favorite fish to cook, and I make it at least one a month.  Baking is one of the least labor intensive ways to cook halibut.  I’d say the majority of time I make halibut, I'm searing the fish on the stove top, quickly on both sides.  Searing it off like that gets the outside nice and crispy, and because you'

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Fettucini with Basil and Garlic

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,

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