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

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 […]

Linguine alla Vongole…alla AJ

Linguine alla Vongole

There are many reasons why I love this dish.   AJ made this for me the first night he cooked for me, early on in our “courtship.”  It was more like a test.  Could I “mangia” the bi-valve with as much passion and enjoyment as he had since he was a little boy?  Needless to […]

How to Clean a Soft Shell Crab

Soft Shell Crab

It’s soft shell crab season in Boston!  Soft Shell Crab is a Blue Crab that has recently molted its hard shell, making the entire crab delicious and edible.  The meat is tender, delicate and sweet.  When you find these little guys fresh and in season, there are 3 simple cleaning steps necessary to prepare them […]

Fig and Prosciutto Pizza with Roquefort and Chive

Fig and Prosciutto Pizza with Roquefort and Chive

This is one of AJ’s and my favorite pizza combinations, inspired by Todd English’s Figs restaurant on Charles Street in Boston.  The fig paste is rich and sweet and is beautifully balanced with the earthy Roquefort and salty prosciutto which crisps nicely in the oven.  I like to garnish with chive after I’ve pulled the […]

5 Minute Pie Crust: I’ll bring the butter, you grab the berries

This spring, I took an amazing pastry class out in LA from Pastry Chef, Clemence Gossett.  So while Pillsbury may have a place in my freezer, this 5 Minute Pie Crust has become a fantastic addition to my culinary arsenal when the ingredients are too perfect not too dote on just a little extra!  Yesterday […]

Cava Sangria with Brandied Fruit and Garden Mint…Let’s call it SUMMER!

Cava Sangria with Brandied Fruit and Garden Mint

If this drink could talk it would say, “I has hoping you would swing by!”  This is a toast to AJ and some of our most fun times together, laughing and making plans for our future over Cava Sangria at Pipa in NYC.  While I tried to weasel the exact recipe from the bartender without […]

Rhubarb Thyme Cakettes with Lemon Zest Crumble

Rhubarb Thyme Cakette with Lemon Zest Crumble

Our friend Rick lives just north of Boston on a beautiful farm and keeps our fridge stocked with fresh chicken eggs.  Friday, we got an extra bonus when he brought us nearly 5lbs of RHUBARB. ‘Tis the season for all things rhubarb!  This Cakette is kind of like an upside down lemon pound cake “topped” […]

Mammy Two-Foot’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mammy Two-Foots Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mammy Two-Foot’s Chocolate Chip Cookies The Chocolate Chip Cookie certainly must be the most time honored and celebrated American Sweet Treat of our time.  And while there is an abundance of fantastic, indulgent, ultimate recipes out there, this one is mine. In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, I want to thank my Mom for baking […]

Gordon’s Beef Wellington with Spring Carrots, Potatoes Mousseline and Blackberry Demi Glace

Our dear friends, Lynne and Laurence, visited me and AJ this weekend from Vermont.  Lynne is a theatre professor and author at the University of Vermont and Laurence is an accomplished CIA trained French Chef.  Because nothing says, “We think you’re special” louder than Gordon’s Beef Wellington, I decided to put Chef Jeff’s method to the […]

Mom’s 35 Minute Pizza Dough

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 […]

Oma’s Apricot Cream Scones

With just one bite… I can smell the dark roast coffee brewing and hear Harry Belafonte’s voice carrying through my grandparents beloved home in Carmel, California.  My “Oma” is famous for her heart-filled cooking and breakfasts from “scratch.” This recipe is like Oma- fantastic and adaptable.  She never lets a recipe or her pantry slow […]

Tequila My Mango

CHILLED MANGO WITH TEQUILA & LIME – part cocktail, part irresistible dessert There is a heat wave sweeping across New England and nothing screams summer louder than top shelf tequila and lime…am I right?  This dish has all of the components that I love about a dessert; the ripe mango is sweet and creamy, the […]

Smile…I Made You a Trifle

Is it just me, or does everything taste more exciting when you eat or drink it from a jar?!  Here, the beloved trifle made its way into a glass packed with country charm – perfect for a treat on the porch at a low key *yet swank* gathering.  The best part is that the screw […]

Feed Your Inner Bunny

Carrot Cake is on the menu this Easter!  While I will be making loads of mini cupcakes for the kiddos, I couldn’t overlook the adults who love to indulge in this classic sweet treat.   I had so much fun compiling my “Garnish Bar.”  I wanted to take a cheeky twist on the carrot themed […]

Bucket List #57: Debone A Chicken.

Apologies to my Vegetarian Friends...

“Like everything French, it’s pretty simple, slightly perverse, and very labor intense,” stated a fellow blogger on deboning a chicken for a Chicken Ballotine. Exactly.  I will say this was an extremely gratifying experience; I feel like I checked something really BIG off the list of life accomplishments;  I have garnered a new boasting fact […]

Get Stuck on Your Sweetie – Brioche Pecan Sticky Buns

I LOVE sticky buns, but not just ANY sticky buns.  I love the kind made with decadent, buttery, homemade brioche bread that pull apart with the perfect amount of elasticity and are smothered in rich, creamy sour cream, dark brown sugar, cinnamon and layers and layers of pecans!  Yes, those  sticky buns.  I also love recipes […]

Mocha Crunch Muffins

What?!?!  Cake for breakfast!?  My favorite!  These muffins are packed with decadent coco-espresso fuel and have plenty of guilt-deducting fiber and protein in the form of oats and walnuts.  Don’t forget~ premium chocolate is also a noteworthy source of iron.  That has to count for something, right!? My folks flew in for the holidays and […]

Little Apron, Big (Chocolate) Bark

Tis the season for holiday parties… and Hostess Gifting.  Who doesn’t love chocolate?!  This bark recipe is quick and easy.  The cooling time can even be expedited in the fridge.  I picked up a variety of great looking gift packaging options at Michaels Craft Store that I keep in a kitchen drawer to help make […]

Goat Cheese Pomodoro with Olive Tapenade on Focaccia and Arugula

So far, Barbara is batting 1,000 in our kitchen.  Here is another inspiration from STIR: This dish was soooo amazing (like, bread soppin’, spoon lickin’ amazing) and literally took me only 30 minutes from the time I started, until it landed on the table.  AJ and I enjoyed this as our dinner last night but […]