Braised Cornish Hen with Fries and Asparagus

For this dish, the cornish hen has been braised with diced shallot, fresh garlic and fresh rosemary. Then, it was simmered in a bottle of beer for about 20 minutes. The cornish hen was marinated with lemon juice, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, cumin and black pepper. The asparagus was…

Thai Lamb and Pineapple Fried Rice and Spring Rolls

I was trying to come up with a different presentation today. The fried rice was made with sliced lamb, freshly crushed garlic, julienne red bell pepper, julienne green bell pepper, fresh pineapple, fresh ginger, eggs, green onion, lime juice, lime zest and cooked brown rice. It was fried under a dash of Massaman curry, chicken…

Penne Pesto with Chicken Breast, Artichoke, Cherry Tomatoes and Mushroom

This pasta dish is made with pine nuts, dry penne pasta, homemade pesto, diced artichoke (from a jar), cherry tomatoes, fresh sliced mushroom, and left over chicken breast (thinly sliced). The pesto is made with extra virgin olive oil, fresh parsley, toasted pine nuts, anchovie paste, toasted fresh garlic and freshly grated Parmesan cheese in…

Pomegranate Glazed Pork Chop with Creamy Risotto and Broccoli and Carrots

Today’s pork chop is grilled on a cast iron griddle (grilled skillet). The glaze includes fresh pomegranate seeds blended with sweet white wine, Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and all purpose flour. Then,  the blended mixture is added to a pan with extra virgin olive oil sauteed chopped onion and minced garlic. The risotto…

Pizza Duo: Red Pizza and Green Pizza

Today I’m making two pizzas. The red one has tomato sauce, dry oregano, freshly grated mozzarella cheese, yellow bell pepper, green bell pepper, red onion, ham, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, black pepper, sea salt and arugula. The green one has homemade pesto (from the last dish), Gruyere cheese, mushroom, frozen clams, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, sliced…

Tandoori Drumstick with Saffron Spiced Basmati Rice and Chick Peas

Today I’m celebrating spices by making this classic Indian dish! Chicken drumsticks were marinated with Tandoori paste and Greek Yogurt. It was baked in an oven on a cast iron skillet under 500F. The rice was made  first toasting a cinnamon stick, cloves and bruised green cardamon in a pan. Then, grind the spice mixture…

Baby Back Ribs with Mashed Potatoes Plus Carrots and Red Bell Pepper Slaw

Today’s dish focuses on unfamiliar ingredients in familiar foods. The mashed potato side is made with red potatoes, chopped bacon, sauteed butter with minced garlic, green onion, homemade anchovy paste (via a food processor), milk and Greek yogurt. The “slaw” is made of julienne carrots, julienne red bell pepper, cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, red…

Thai Massaman Curry with Pork, Green Pepper, Pineapple and Baby Corn

When a majority of Americans think about Thai cuisine, they think about curry. When they about curry, they think about green curry, red curry and yellow curry. Massaman curry is actually an exotic curry that blends the flavors of Indian and Southeast Asia. In other words, it combines the best of two culinary worlds! This dish is…

Veggie and Prosciutto Pizza on the Stone

Homemade pizza. Pizza is easy to make. You will mix all purpose flour, yeast, first pressed cold pressed extra virgin olive oil and salt in a stand mixer the night before. Leave the dough in the fridge overnight. Take it out after you get home from work. Then, roll it out with all purpose flour…

Stuffed Tomatoes

Stuffed tomatoes are fun They are colorful and savory. Here I used organic Israeli tomatoes. Get all the tomato meat out from the tomato and stuff with prepared stuffing. The “green one” is stuffed with Greek yogurt, frozen spinach, garlic and onion. The “yellow one” is stuffed with chopped smoked salmon, lemon zest, chopped peach…