Balsamic-Lavender Lamb Chops

I love to write recipes with ingredients people would not normally associate with a dish such as cocoa or cinnamon as a spice in savory dishes (as opposed to the obvious sweet ones), and in this case lavender, a herb used for centuries that is… Keep Reading »

Red Wine & Blood Orange Poached Pear

Getting back into my best shape doesn’t have to mean goodbye to all desserts! It just means getting smarter about the ones I choose. Here’s an occasional indulgence I whipped up last week that won’t derail your weight loss plans completely (hint: go light or… Keep Reading »

Caramelized Pear, Pancetta and Gorgonzola Tartlets

Sweet, savory, and crispy little tartlets that will impress your guests and their taste buds. The peppery arugula plays well off of the sweetness of the caramelized pear and onion, while the gorgonzola adds sharpness, and pancetta brings it all together with a hint of… Keep Reading »

Roasted Butternut Squash & Pear Soup

This is one of my favorite dinner party and holiday first courses. This soup has great depth of flavor – making it a healthy, comforting, and elegant choice all rolled into one.
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Roasted Leg of Lamb

My favorite Sunday lunch roast of all is a fragrant leg of lamb with Mint Sauce (or jelly when I’m feeling lazy). Roasts are surprisingly easy to do. It is by far and away the easiest way to feed a party of people…. Keep Reading »

Chicken Tarragon

This simple French dish was one of my favorites as a child. The slightly licorice taste of the tarragon gives such a whole new dimension to chicken and tangy white wine sauce…. Keep Reading »

The Price of Fashion

I met Antony Price at a party for Elton John at the Embassy Club in London in 1982. I was speechless when he sidled up next to me (without formal introduction), and announced “you must be in my Campden Palace show next week! Practice walking with… Keep Reading »

Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

These simple yet delicious ingredients hold up so well and enhance the flavor of the salmon. Elegant enough for a dinner party, but easy enough for weeknight dining…. Keep Reading »

Seared Duck Breast with Pomegranate-Cherry Sauce

Why not make something a little out of the ordinary, festive, spectacularly yummy, and deceivingly simple this Christmas party season? Your guests will think your were slaving away in the kitchen all day! You just smile and say “thank you” when they rave…. Keep Reading »

The PCA™ Celebrates Dinner Accomplished

I’ve always loved celebrating birthdays. I think it’s important to pay tribute to your origins, reminisce over the wonderful memories that were part of what made you who (or in this case what) you are today, and then assess and lay plans for the future…. Keep Reading »

Sicilian Halibut

I’ve been making this recipe since my first client requested it, and it still makes me drool ten years later. It seems like everything but the kitchen sink goes into it, yet it somehow creates the perfect symphony of aromas, contrasting textures, and flavors so… Keep Reading »

Rack of Lamb Provencal

This deliciously aromatic combination of fresh herbs and garlic take me right back to summers in the South of France, but it also happens to be one of my mother’s favorites, so I like to make it for Mother’s Day. Of course you can substitute… Keep Reading »

Rack of Lamb in Pomegranate-Mint Sauce

Looking for something scintillating and unusual with a hint of the exotic? This elegant dish goes down a storm when I do romantic dinners for two, and it’s festive enough for the holidays as well…. Keep Reading »