Raw Summer Squash and Cucumber Salad with Shaved Fennel and Mint

Sometimes the best souvenirs come  in the most delicate of bites.  Last weekend, AJ and I ventured seven hours north by car, then by ferry to Vinalhaven, Maine for our friends, Katie and Peter’s, wedding.   Vinalhaven feels genuine and authentic and the wedding was a reflection of the close knit community that Katie’s family […]

Pan Roasted Monkfish with Siena Farms Summer Vegetables

Monkfish, or  “poor man’s lobster”, came in our Cape Ann Fresh Catch CSF this week!  Monkfish are opportunistic feeders and have a sweet tooth for shrimp, shellfish and sand eels.  The flavor  is rich, sweet and succulent reminiscent of lobster, without the hassle of a shell.  The texture of the meat is more firm than […]

Guilt Free Fish and Chips with Cape Ann Fresh Catch Pollock

Fish and Chips are one of my favorite flavors of summer.  I love this recipe because it is a healthy, “bikini approved” alternative to the often deep fried version.  And, the clean up is quick and painless as you do not have a vat of oil to dispose of.  I also love the use of […]

AJ’s Duck Prosciutto

AJ and I love curing our own sausages and meats.  As we live in the Back Bay and have a “galley” size kitchen, duck proscuitto has become a superb “alternative”  to making room in our fridge for an entire dry cured ham.  (Trust me, if it was up to AJ, our produce and condiments would […]

Anna’s Molten Lava Cake…approved by Joe Bastianich

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 MasterChef) […]

Thyme Ginger Sole with Roasted Kohlrabi Fries and Sorrel Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Fisherman Nick brought us 4 gorgeous whole grey sole this week from our Cape Ann Fresh Catch CSF.  If you are lucky enough to get your hands on a whole fish, here is a great fillet demo from their website.  Flat fish have a different bone structure than cod or salmon so the technique is slightly […]

How to Fillet and Skin a Fish – 5lbs Atlantic Pollock from Cape Anna Fresh Catch

Monday is Fish Day for the Rossi’s!  Every Monday between 4-6p we meet Fisherman Nick in Cambridge to grab the latest catch from Cape Ann Fresh Catch Community Supported Fishery (CSF).  The fish is literally fresh off the boat that morning and I love the pleasure of shaking hands with the guy who caught it.  If we […]

Ground Beef Challenge – Tarragon Beef Stuffed 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

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 […]