Beef

Quick and Easy Bison Risotto

bison risotto

Cold days call for stews, soups and… risotto. This is a quick and easy risotto with bison, garlic, arugula, fresh grana padano cheese, and chicken broth, thickened and made creamier with an egg and some milk. Bison is a great protein to add…

Saucy Swedish Meatballs

swedish meatballs

Remember those days when you used to stroll through Ikea for a new cabinet or chair and inevitably wander into the cafeteria because you caught a whiff of Swedish meatballs? Okay maybe that was just me. But that was my…

Braised Oxtail Noodle Soup

oxtail soup

I grew up on oxtail soups and they are definitely one of my favorite soups to make, and to eat. If you haven’t had oxtails before, please don’t get deterred by the name. This cut of meat is incredibly flavorful,…

Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak

Octopus a la Plancha / Peter Michael Chardonnay

It all started when the President of my company, Steve, recommended the chef’s Michelin-starred and namesake restaurant Michael Mina when I was preparing for a trip to Las Vegas. We went and enjoyed the tasting menu, which included the famous Ahi Tuna…

Summertime Tri-tip Mediterranean Plate

Tri-tip

It’s summertime! = It’s tri-tip time! This is going to sound somewhat vain, but this is one of the best Mediterranean plates I’ve ever had in a long time. Garlic and sriracha marinated tri-tip roast with pita, hummus, and a light…

Orange Beef and Broccoli Bowl

steak broccoli bowl

Something felt strangely familiar to me, as I stared at the Komodo logo and the modern black and white interior of the restaurant. When I spotted the black and white photograph of a food truck by the beach, I realized that an old…

100 Years of Jam Making in Sierra Madre

apple butter sandwich

My friend Nic told me about a jam maker in Sierra Madre, California, and we decided to go visit his orchard and jam factory. They give free tours every Saturday. For over 100 years, E. Waldo Ward & Son has been making marmalade,…

Buffalo Burger & Cabernet Onions

buffalo burger

After a day of running around, I realized that I have no time to make what you might call a “Sunday night dinner” but I do have ground bison defrosting in the fridge, so I stopped by the market, grabbed…

A Port & Stilton Burger

port blue cheese burger

A simple grilled burger with melted blue cheese and a drizzle of port reduction. No embellishment and no usual toppings. This burger is for a purist and for one that loves beef. The sweetness of the port complements the strong…