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

brandied cranberry prosecco cocktail

Like a smile in a glass, this cocktail will bring people together to celebrate the season! Happy New Year! So invite the gang, pop a bubbly and ENJOY! Print Brandied Cranberry Prosecco Cocktails Course Drinks Cuisine American Keyword Cocktails, Cranberry, … 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

it’s all about the gravy….

Uh huh! at my house, it’s all about the sauce, and for turkey, that means gravy! The very best gravy begins with a flavorful stock and great pan drippings. Using the right flour will give you a silky smooth sauce, … 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

VERY vanilla ice cream

Vanilla ice cream need not be boring! This classic dessert can be downright AMAZING and sophisticated.   Print VERY Vanilla Ice Cream Course Dessert Cuisine American Ingredients 2 cups heavy cream 1 cup sugar 1 tbsp corn syrup salt generous … 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