planover cock-a-leekie pie

During my time living in England, I sampled a considerable amount of English fare — some of it was actually quite tasty! One fine road trip to the Cottswolds, we happened upon a lovely pub, and this is their version … Continue reading

balsamic berries with lemon mascarpone cream

As spring literally pops up around us…the daffodils at Sizzleworks are already blooming!…it makes us think of spring flavors. Lemons, berries, rosemary and lamb, to name a few. Speaking of lemons, Chef Ricky wants to share his go to dessert … 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

Thanksgiving HELP!

All of the information, techniques and recipes you need to prepare a successful, delicious meal! Please feel free to use these links as a resource in your holiday meal preparation, and enjoy the fruits of your labor with friends and … Continue reading

stabilized whipped cream

Sometimes you need whipped cream for dessert, but don’t want to have to whip it at the last possible moment. Well, take note from seasoned pastry chefs, and make ‘stabilized whipped cream,’ it will keep up to 2 days in … Continue reading

vanilla!

Vanilla — frequently used as a term to describe a lack of style, creativity, or taste. But great vanilla flavor can be sophisticated, even sexy! What’s the big deal about vanilla? I think vanilla is similar to a fine wine – … Continue reading

limoncello

Aha! I spied Meyer lemons in the market — that means it’s time to make limoncello! I first tasted limoncello in Sorrento, Italy, many years ago. Many years later, I was introduced to the creamy version. They are both decadent … Continue reading

chocolate for your soul and soulmate!

It’s Valentine’s Day, time to cook your way into the heart of your soulmate, or feed your own soul for that matter! And, on this special day of love, chocolate is always at the top of the list. Here are … Continue reading