Fancy Pants

Beef Sirloin with Caramelized Onion Sauce, Potato Pearls & Pickled Red Onion: I remember cooking for my friends many many years ago, and pushing my epicurean prowess then to make delicious dishes worthy of sharing  – Foie Gras Stuffed Schiaffoni; … Continue reading

Ain’t That a Kick in the Head

Swiss Chard Malfatti with Sage: As I listen to Dean Martin playing in the background, I’m laughing at how this recipe came about. For years, we’ve had a large vegetable garden adjacent to the barn, and with many trials and … Continue reading

Deconstructing Wellington

Porcini Crusted Beef Tips with Red Wine Reduction & Pastry Cubes Those who know me hear me say the word “reinvention” quite often. It’s a core characteristic for me, both personally and professionally. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not … Continue reading

Down the Rabbit Hole

Black Garlic Tortellini with Parmesan Foam: Dining often is about the experience, and the intensity of that experience especially when it sits squarely on the plate in front of you, is what can matter most. In the process of deciding … Continue reading

Oh My Cod

Curry Butter Icelandic Cod with Brandied Currants & Balsamic Infused Lentils: So first off – this was an “oh my god” dish that brought the best out of every ingredient. I have been enjoying sous vide as a technique for … Continue reading

Shanghai Fresh

Shanghai Pork Dumplings

Shanghai Pork Wontons: Went to our local Asian market, again, and of course I got fresh dumpling wrappers dam’it. If you’ve ever made dumplings or wontons before and purchased the single option wonton wrappers from large chain grocery stores – … Continue reading

Fish Tale

Hamachi Crudo with Bok Choy, Radish, & Rice Wine Vinaigrette

Hamachi Sashimi with Bok Choy, Radish, & Rice Wine Vinaigrette: Truth be told, I do love the splendor of summer. My beautiful bride would disagree, as I tend to melt and burn from the hot sun even coated in 100 … Continue reading

The Butterfly Effect

Hamachi Tartare with Miso Pickled Cucumber & Salmon Roe

Hamachi Tartare with Miso Pickled Cucumber & Salmon Roe: Small changes to an initial intention can cause a chain reaction that leads to large changes and eventually a completely different end result – the butterfly effect. This happened to me … Continue reading

Teed Up

Spanish Ham Croquettes (Croquetas de Jamon)

Croquetas de Jamon (Spanish Ham Croquettes): Great cooking can be compared to golfing. If you have ever played golf, and your head was somewhere else or thinking about work or that person that ran you off the road, you will … Continue reading

Just For The Halibut

Grilled Halibut with Lemon Butter & Three Grain Rice: Vacationing in Maine is always extraordinary. There is something very special about Maine – the towering mountains that caress the ocean, the unmistakable rocky coastline, the salty beautiful people that are … Continue reading