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Asparagus & Mushroom Pizza

As the seasons change, so do my pizza ingredients.  This recipe, Asparagus Mushroom Pizza is perfect for spring or summer, when the Asparagus is tasty and in season.  The basic techniques are the same, but the asparagus gives the pizza a fresh grassy taste, that offsets the earthy rich mushrooms.  This is a good pizza to play around with the chesse as well.

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Spaghetti Pesto

Spaghetti pesto is a simple, beautiful and easy to make pasta dish.  Other than the pasta itself, there is almost no cooking involved, and the simple ingredients come together to make a pasta sauce that is packed full of flavor, is well balance, and is clean and elegant.  The dish is great for guests, because not only does it tend to impress, but it's really simple to make, and much of the work

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Fettucini with Shrimp and Tarragon

I love to make seafood pastas because they are easy, filling and taste great – when made with the right techniques of course.  In this recipe video, I show you how to make a fettucini dish with shrimp and tarragon.  Tarragon is a natural match with shellfish, and has a unique anise flavor.  Combined with some nicely seared and seasoned shrimp, a bit of garlic, onion and roasted red

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Basil Pesto with Almonds

With a little practice anybody can make a simple pesto in about 15 minutes.  It’s one of my favorite things to make because there are only a few ingredients, essentially no cooking, yet it tastes and looks phenomenal.  Once you have the basic basil pesto recipe down pat,  you can also start experimenting with other ingredients…like in this case swapping out the more traditional pine nuts for al

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Chicken Pesto Pizza

One the reasons homemade pizzas are great is that you can be as creative as you’d like; throw away the standard conventions to suit your own tastes.  Of course you can do that with the toppings and the cheese...why not the sauce?  I love the traditional tomato based pizza sauce, but every once and while, I want to make a white sauce, or a pesto sauce…which is what I show you in thi

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Spaghetti Carbonara

I love to make this spaghetti carbonara recipe when I want a “wow” factor on the plate.  While the ingredients aren’t really different than in my normal carbonara recipes, for this version, I reserve the yolk of the egg, and serve it nested in the finished spaghetti.  Served with that raw yolk on top, my guests can break it, and mix it in with their pasta to form that delicious rich sauce.  In

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Spaghetti with Fava Beans

I end up cooking pasta for dinner a fair amount.  And while I love to make the traditional pasta recipes, like spaghetti and meatballs, many of which I grew up on, those traditional recipes can take a long time to make.  And "a long to make" don't jive with a weeknight schedule.  So I love to have a few techniques in my back pocket that allow me to take fresh ingredients, treat them simpl

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Asparagus Risotto with Lemon

In my continuing quest to eat every spear of Asparagus grown in Northern California this Spring, I decided to make an Asparagus and Lemon Risotto.  As I’ve said before, I love a good risotto.  While they take a bit of time to make, it is a very simple process.  And when you have access to quality spring vegetables like asparagus, risotto is a great way to highlight them.  In this recipe video,

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Fettucini with Sausage & Fennel

A few years back, I was in a nice Italian restaurant that served those thin crust, super tasty, brick oven pizzas, and one of the pizza’s we got for the table was a fennel and sausage combination.  I know both ingredients are popular in Italian cooking, but I’m not sure I had them on a pizza before.  Well, several months later, I was thinking about pasta recipes, remember that pizza, and decide

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