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 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
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
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
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
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