Oh MAMA! AJ and I are “fluent” in Italian

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This past Spring, AJ and I took our dream trip to Italy!  We  literally ate our way across Rome, Positano and Abruzzo.   Among our culinary adventures was a 7 day 7 night all inclusive culinary program with Leonardo de Flaviis at Abruzzo 1.  Leonardo has since become a wonderful friend and AJ and I daily […]

Extra MasterChef Footage Revealed

MC3 Interview Intro

As they say in Reality TV,  if it didn’t air, it didn’t happen.  Well, now this really happened.   No doubt for dramatic effect, these ego-boosting clips had been left on the edit room floor.  Husband verses wife?  Game on.  While AJ’s Dirty Lobster earned a resounding “YES” from all three judges that aired triumphantly […]

MasterChef Season 4 Auditions Coming Soon

MasterChef Season 4 Casting Call

Check out http://www.masterchefcasting.com for all the details.  MasterChef will be in Boston November 3rd.  Be bold, be yourself and go get ‘em!

My Kitchen or Yours?

A tray a Pate a Choux Pastry ready for the Mascarpone Cream and Genache

An afternoon of tasty bites, decadent sweets, a splash of vino and some girl talk? I’m there! I recently had the pleasure of hosting a private cooking lesson in our home.  If you’ve seen our kitchen, you know that it’s cozy.  It cranks and bakes and refrigerates proudly chanting Gordon’s quote, “the best food comes […]

Anna & AJ chat with Cape Ann Fresh Catch Community Supported Fishery

Anna and AJ with Fisherman Nick, picking up their weekly whole fish in Cambridge!

AJ and I are passionate about seafood.  This was our first year participating in the Cape Ann Fresh Catch Community Supported Fishery out of Gloucester, MA.   Their direct-to-you model has been awesome, allowing us to chat with Fisherman Nick when he comes into Cambridge on Monday afternoons for the weekly share drop and enjoy […]

Ultimate “Turkey in the Orchard” Burger – As seen on MasterChef on FOX

"Turkey in the Orchard"

AJ and I love spending time in Vermont during the fall.  One of our favorite places used to be the Barnard General Store, just outside of Woodstock, VT.  The General Store was run by three ladies, all confident behind the grill, and was packed with delicious local sustenance. Perched right on Silver Lake, the modest […]

My Elimination Recap: MasterChef S3 Ep9 Thanks Kaimana Chee!

Food Truck Challenge on Venice Beach

What a night! My friend Kaimana Chee just sent this over.  Not only is he an incredible cook himself earning a spot among the Top 100 best home cooks in America, but he also has the ability to bring light to even the most difficult of evenings.  Thank you, Kaimana, for adding a little levity […]

Anna’s Molten Lava Cake…approved by Joe Bastianich

Molten Lava Cake with Brandied Cherry

Pressure test? psssh! This dessert will wow :)  My recipe is quick and easy.  The trick is to measure and prep every ingredients so you can quickly combine once you get moving.  This chocolate heaven is best served immediately out of the oven…(as you will appreciate if you watched episode 7 of season 3 of […]

Pies, Pies, Pies! From Berries to Stone Fruit, Happy Summer!

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Berries and stone fruit are on sale right now in New England!  AJ and I are talkin’ pies tomorrow AM on FOX 25 Boston.  Try this 5 minute pie crust as your foundation for celebrating summer in New England! Tomorrow we will be featuring: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Thyme and Cointreau Rainier Cherry and Habanero Crostata […]

Pan Seared Duck Breast with Pickled Maine Rosehips, Mascarpone Polenta and Micro Green Salad

Pan Seared Duck Breast with Pickled Maine Rosehips, Mascarpone Polenta and Micro Salad

I love duck.  I actually learned how to perfectly cook duck breast from Gordon’s youtube video about a year ago.  My favorite way to serve this beautiful, rich protein is medium rare, sliced on the bias, and served with homemade pickled rosehips from Vinylhaven, ME, creamy Mascarpone Polenta and a Micro Green Salad.   No […]

Ground Beef Challenge – Tarragon Beef Stuffed Onion Wrap with Shallot Vinaigrette and Horseradish Creme

Tarragon Beef Onion Wrap with Shallot Vinaigrette and Horseradish Creme

For the Top 36 Elimination Challenge on Master Chef, the judges launched Ground Beef at us.  I typically only buy ground beef if I am grilling burgers out back.  Instead, I like to use ground turkey, pork, chicken or a mix for most of my cooking (chili, meatballs, bolognese, meatloaf…you name it.)  I thought “Hamburger” […]

White Clam Pizza…as seen (and tasted) on MasterChef USA/FOX

AJ and ANNA's famous White Clam Pizza!

Here she is…   This White Clam Pizza is about to go National!!!  I will be preparing this classic New England Pizza for Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot as my Signature Dish on the premiere of MasterChef USA/FOX tonight and tomorrow night, June 4th and 5th at 9pm on FOX.   My hope […]

AJ’s New England Dirty Lobster…as seen (and tasted) on MasterChef USA/FOX

AJ's Famous Dirty Lobster

What does a man who has been born and raised in New England serve to 3 of the most influential guys in the culinary scene? NEW ENGLAND. DIRTY. LOBSTER.   This dish is AJ’s rendition of Jasper White’s amazing Pan Roasted Lobster from the Summer Shack.  My favorite part of this dish is the countless […]

A Sneak Peak Behind the Scenes – Master Chef on FOX

Anna and AJ in the Master Chef Warehouse

“A burning desire that has yet to be unleashed.”  Gordon Ramsay From Le Cordon Bleu in Cambridge, MA back in November, to a whirl wind pilgrimage to the Master Chef Warehouse in LA this past Spring, AJ and I are thrilled to share our love for each other and our passion for cooking with America. […]

Watch AJ and Anna Compete on MASTER CHEF Season 3 on FOX!

MC3 Audition Pic

I just came across this quick video that AJ and I shot back in November just before we walked into our first Master Chef Audition at Le Cordon Bleu in Cambridge, MA!  Little did we know that we would BOTH make it to the Top 100 of America’s Best Amateur Home Chefs out of over 52,000 […]

Mom’s 35 Minute Pizza Dough

Alsatian, Buffalo Mozzarella and Pesto, Coppa and Mascarpone Polenta with Truffle

Perfect pizza dough from scratch in only 35 minutes?  Heck, this recipe comes together faster than you can run to the corner store and grab a bag o’ dough.  This recipe originated in my mother’s kitchen on Bainbridge Island, WA.  My parents built a pizza oven on their patio a couple years ago and since […]

T – 39 hours and counting ’til MASTER CHEF BOSTON!!!

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