Chicken Chasseur

This is the French version of Chicken Cacciatore. The main difference is simply the addition of a little brandy, plus using tarragon instead of basil and oregano. It’s such an easy dish to make-ahead for a winter dinner party (and looks very Christmassy since when… Keep Reading »

Beefy Barley Mushroom Soup

This is one of my favorite soups that my mother does, and she often substitutes oxtail for the short ribs. Either way, it is a winter warming hit in my household…. Keep Reading »

Escarole & Orzo Soup with Turkey Meatballs

This soup is one of my favorites on a cold, winter night!  Make sure you have plenty of crusty bread to sop up the delicious broth.
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Harvest Short Rib Comfort

I wrote this recipe for a guest chef appearance I did on a television show. You can watch me make these in the media section of this website for extra guidance, but it really is a simple, adaptable dish that is hard to go wrong with…. Keep Reading »

Braised Chicken & Buttermilk Herb Dumplings

Succulent braised chicken breast with vegetables, rich broth, and buttermilk herb dumplings are the perfect dish to warm your soul on a cold gray winter day. Make this one with your little ones – they will get a kick out of watching the dumplings grow…. Keep Reading »

Turkey Mushroom Cottage Pie

Piping hot ground turkey and and mushrooms in a rich gravy topped with creamy mashed potatoes with melted cheddar cheese adding just a touch of crispness to every bite. This is my healthy twist (for my red meat fearing clients) on this English classic.
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Osso Buco

Slow-cooked veal shanks braised in a rich tomato, wine, and broth sauce with herbs until the meat falls off the bone, so tender it melts in your mouth. This comforting Italian recipe is traditionally served with either creamy polenta or risotto Milanese, and garnished with… Keep Reading »

Slow Cooked Guinness Corned Beef Brisket

I celebrate every St. Patrick’s Day, and anytime I’m pining for Ireland with this delicious slow-cooked version of corned beef. It’s so simple – just dump in all the ingredients, turn the slow cooker on, and come back in 5 hours to a hot meal… Keep Reading »

Lamb Chili

Chilly evenings call for chili in my household. Maybe it is just a reaction to my California client’s phobia to red meat, but I think the gaminess of lamb lends itself especially well to to this dish rich in spice and flavor. I took a… Keep Reading »

Keith Haring Gingerbread Art

One of Tatjana’s and my favorite holiday traditions has always been baking and making gingerbread houses together. This year we decided – why not honor a dear friend and create something a little more interesting, so we decided to make Keith Haring gingerbread cookies instead…. Keep Reading »

Old Fashioned Apple Crumble

One whiff of warm cinnamon apple crumble baking in the oven seems to make the entire house smell cozy! Adding old fashioned oatmeal to the crumb topping adds an extra dimension of texture and crunch to just the right amount of tartness with a hint… Keep Reading »

Braised Chicken Alla Jewels

Chicken is so tender and juicy when braised, and you have to love those one pot dinners. The layers of flavor make this relatively light dish feel like a full-bodied comfort dish. Who says you need to put a little extra meat on to stay warm… Keep Reading »

Parmesan Zucchini Custard

Deceivingly simple to make, yet elegant to serve, this is another kid and adult alike favorite. Perfect for holiday entertaining, because you can so easily increase the servings by multiplying the ingredients and using a larger casserole dish. Experiment with various herbs and spices if… Keep Reading »