Cheese

Day at the Apple Orchards

Apple Galette

I went apple-picking for the first time over the weekend and with all the delicious, perfect-looking apples, I made a country apple galette, with fresh apple slices, cinnamon, cheese, honey, and a flaky homemade crust.  Fall is a wonderful time of…

Plenty: Pasta and Fried Zucchini Salad

pasta and fried zucchini

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty cookbook has 120 perfected and creative vegetarian recipes. This Pasta and Fried Zucchini Salad is one of them. The pasta salad combines pesto (not the traditional kind with cheese and garlic, more of a simple parsley-basil oil pesto), edamame,…

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…

Easy No-Boil Mac and Cheese

no boil mac and cheese

No-boil mac and cheese is a very simple concept – cover the macaroni with enough sauce that it cooks itself while it’s baking. Isn’t that brilliant? It also makes the mac and cheese more flavorful and “baked” tasting. Give it…

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…