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Zucchini Carpaccio

In this recipe video, I make you one of the simplest, yet most elegant, summer salads I know how to make. There is no cooking involved and only 5 ingredients, so you can make it in about 10 minutes, and there really isn't any big secrets or hard techniques.Continue Reading...

Grilled Pesto Flank Steak

In this recipe video, I show you how to grill a flank steak...but not just any ordinary flank steak. For this version, I've made some traditional basil pesto and "baste" the steak with that pesto while it grills.Continue Reading...


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Zucchini Carpaccio

Simple is no slight when it comes to great food.  Simple dishes don’t have to be simple flavors at all.  They can pack a real punch, and can also be among the most visually stunning.   For example, is this recipe video, I’ll show you how I make a zucchini (or squash) carpaccio; and it hard to find a simpler dish that doesn’t skimp at all on flavor.  Carpaccio is traditionally make with beef, bu

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Pappardelle with Morel Mushrooms

Morel mushrooms are a wild mushroom variety that to my knowledge can’t be farmed or cultivated.  Which is truly a shame, because they are one of the best mushrooms out there.  When I see them in the store, I forget whatever I had planned for dinner, because it’s going to be morel mushroom night come hell or high water.  You can prepare them in a ton of different preparations, but one of my favo

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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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