chicken piccata

Tangy, fresh lemon and caper sauce surrounding fork tender chicken breasts, a popular Italian classic that is destined to become a favorite with family and guests alike. This is one of my favorite recipes for entertaining because I can do … Continue reading

cherry chipotle chicken

This is a recipe of my own design. It is both sweet & savory. Perfect as a main dish, but also as a side or salad. Using chicken thighs lends to a more tender dish. Leaving the skin off the … Continue reading

cinnamon stars

Yet another family favorite recipe, from Chef Ricky’s great grandmother — cinnamon stars, aka “zimsterne.” These cookies are a classic holiday treat, generally served at the meal following Yom Kippur. I did not know this as a child, as I do … Continue reading

anise caps aka ‘white caps’

These cookies, also knowns as ‘white caps’ due to their white tops, were a family favorite made by my Italian great grandmother. I hope they bring the same joy to your family as they did to mine. Even if you … Continue reading

summer coolers, peaches & ginger!

I absolutely adore sitting on my patio, nibbling on a delicious nosh, and sipping a cool, refreshing beverage. A couple of my friends introduced me to two of my new favorites for this year: a gin and tonic spiked with … Continue reading

lasagna with peas and prosciutto

Oh, OH, OH!!! I had the great fortune to be invited to share in a most superb experience! I must admit, I was a bit skeptical that it would be a superb experience, and was delightfully surprised. I recently attended … Continue reading

onions — a chef’s second best ingredient

OK, so what’s the first? Salt, of course. But one of the most common ingredients in cooking is onions. Widely used as a flavor base around the globe, onions provide a sweet, savory, sometimes hot flavor to cooked foods. Most … Continue reading

cook up a gift!

The most treasured gifts are homemade — and these are not only treasured but scrumptious as well. Package your bounty in cute containers, which may be a ‘recycled’ bottle or jar, a holiday gift bag, a brown or white lunch … Continue reading

braising techniques

I LOVE all things braised — the meats melt in your mouth, and are so tender juicy and the flavor is incomparable. Molly Stevens, author of “All About Braising” (my go-to bible for this technique), says it’s what she does … Continue reading

sake raspberry vanilla glazed scallops

I am regularly tasked with creating recipes to pair with specific wines for winemakers dinners. One of my favorites, as well as my students faves is this scallop recipe. It was inspired by a truly beautiful sparkling rosé wine, of … Continue reading