Key Lime Pie with Coco-Macadamia Nut Crust and Greek Yogurt

This is one of my favorite summer desserts.  There is nothing like chilled custard-y lime flavors to refreshen the palate on these hot summer nights.  This recipe is extremely quick and easy.  The texture tastes like a delicious egg-based custard, however, the creamy consistency is achieved with sweetened condensed milk.  I like to romanticize this […]

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 […]

Banana Muffins

This recipe is another one of my mom’s that I remember from when I was little.  She used to make the most delicious Banana Coconut Tea Bread that she would serve when friends would come for an afternoon visit.  Traditionally, her recipe is made with toasted coconut and coarsely chopped walnuts and is lovely sliced. […]

Pan Seared Duck Breast with Pickled Maine Rosehips, Mascarpone Polenta and Micro Green 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 […]

Virginia Belle’s Brownies

My folks were out here this past week to celebrate the MasterChef premiere with AJ and me.  I didn’t waste a minute asking them to whip up a few of the dishes that remind me of my childhood.  I have lived over 3,000 miles away from them for over 10 years, so recipes are how […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Sneak Peak Behind the Scenes – Master Chef on FOX

“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!

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 […]

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 […]