My food pilgrimage has been a life-long devotion.

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...

Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita

  Pizza Margherita Neopolitan-style pizza in your homeoven? Yes, it IS possible! For the dough4 Cups All-Purpose Flour4 teaspoons Salt2 teaspoons Instant Yeast1½ Cups Warm waterFor the marinara1 (28 Oz) Can Crushed tomatoes (Cento brand recommended)3 cloves...

Do one thing better

Do one thing better

A week ago, I was working with one of my friends, preparing food to be photographed for her new menu. I'd never worked with a food photographer before, and it was a fascinating experience. Now, I'm usually pretty proud of my plating, and I take pride in making sure...

Artisan Bread

Artisan Bread

Artisan Bread Crusty and delicious, artisan bread is easier than you may think! 6½ cups all-purpose flour (spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off )4 teaspoons kosher salt1½ tablespoons yeast (see note)3 cups lukewarm water (no need to be exact but lukewarm is...