My food pilgrimage has been a life-long devotion.

Chef Life: Chapter 5

After nearly 15 years, The Metropolitan was due for an update - new floors, new decor, new menu - everything got scrutinized, evaluated, and discussed. After several months of planning and consideration, Karen decided that she was done being in the restaurant...

Guacamole

Guacamole

This classic guacamole is fast and easy to make, and tastes better than anything you'll find at a store! It's also a fairly healthy snack! Guacamole Creamy, delicious, authentic guacamole 3 Avocados2 Roma tomato (small diced)1 Red onion (small diced)2 Jalapeno peppers...

Chef Life: Chapter Four

“What the fuck am I even doing here?” I wondered, as I stepped into the kitchen of The Metropolitan, the crown jewel of Salt Lake City’s fine-dining scene. The sounds, the smells, the lights, the red-brown tile floor, the checkered pants and the white shirts – it was...

Hummus

Hummus

  Hummus Packed with protein, hearty and zippy flavors, hummus is a perfect snack any time of day or night 2 15-ounce can chickpeas¼ cup fresh lemon juice¼ cup tahini2-4 cloves garlic¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil (plus more for serving)1 teaspoon ground cuminSalt...

Chef Life: Chapter Three

“So, food is my passion?” I thought to myself, already knowing the answer. The sinking feeling in my stomach was completely expected. I didn't really WANT to get back into food. I liked the lifestyle that I had. Food would change ALL of that. At least that’s what I...

Chef Life: Chapter Two

Corporate America. That’s the dream, right? Suit and tie, 9-to-5, 40 hours a week, twice a month paycheck, stock options, money, house, car, toys, vacations, etc. That’s what we all aspire to and work for, right? That’s what I convinced myself, anyway. And the truth...

Bread pudding

Bread pudding

Bread pudding This is a pretty basic (but DELICIOUS!) bread pudding recipe. It really becomes something special when you choose an amazing bread to use. For the whiskey caramel sauce1 cup granulated (white sugar)¼ cup water½ cup heavy whipping cream (room...

Chef Life: Chapter 1

Chef Life: Chapter 1

To understand my passion for food, I feel like it’s necessary to understand my childhood. You see, my passion for food began before I was even born, really. It started with my father, when he was a young man. You see, my father has been in the food service since he...

Cuban Ropa Vieja

Cuban Ropa Vieja

  Ropa Vieja A traditional Cuban dish that's packed with vibrant flavors! 1 1½ lb Chuck roast Kosher saltFreshly ground pepperOnion powder3 tablespoons canola oil½ cup Sofrito ((recipe follows))¼ teaspoon ground cumin2 8-ounce cans Spanish-style tomato sauce...

Classic Spaghetti & Meatballs

Classic Spaghetti & Meatballs

There's just something indescribably appealing about a classic, comfort food dish made from scratch. This one doesn't take long, and will bring back all the lovely memories... Classic Spaghetti & Meatballs Marinara, meatballs, and pasta - it's a classic! For...