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That’s Amore

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Fish / Pasta

Positano Inspired Seafood Pasta My family and I visited Spain and Italy this summer.   I was so inspired by the food, drink and the culture we experienced.  The food in Italy was not what I expected.  I found it to be simplistic, not in a negative way.  I think in the United States we add more cream and coat our pasta with more sauce.  In Italy the pastas texture is by far and away […]

Heart and Soul cooking for Valentines

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Beef / Steak

Ribeye with wilted super greens and sautéed mushrooms After teaching several cooking classes, I have learned most people want to feel more confident preparing steak and seafood.  If you have a significant other who loves to handle the cooking of meats and grilling,  it can feel overwhelming when you want to handle the steak on your own.  This recipe is straightforward, step by step approach to cooking a phenomenal steak.  If you want to try […]

Summertime Grillin’ and Chillin’

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Mexican / Steak

  Carne Asada (Citrus Marinaded Skirt Steak) Carne Asada is the quintessential grilled dish in my backyard.  It’s the perfect summer meal to enjoy with friends and family.   When I want to barbecue, I think of Carne Asada or Burgers.  We are fortunate in California to have a plethora of Mexican Carnecerias (Meat market).  At the Carnecerias you can buy marinaded skirt steak ready to grill.  When I lived in New York 12 years […]

My Valentine’s Day Gift

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Pasta

On Valentine’s Day last year I had the privilege of meeting a living legend, Nancy Silverton. Nancy needs no introduction. However if you are not familiar with Nancy, allow me to introduce her. She is a chef, restaurant owner, founder of La Brea Bakery, and a James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Chef. Nancy is co-owner of my favorite restaurant Mozza. We celebrate Valentine’s Day every year with the best pasta and wine in Los […]

Cooking in Paradise

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Fish

  SPICY GRILLED SHRIMP SALAD WITH LEMON CILANTRO VINAIGRETTE This summer my family vacationed in Maui.  It was our second trip to the island, and we decided to stay in a condo rather than a hotel resort.  It was definitely the right decision for a cook.  I had an incredible modern kitchen with all the amenities a cook could ask for, and not to mention an ocean view from the kitchen.  Everyday I couldn’t wait to wake […]