Banana Oat Muffins with Pecan & Oats Streusel Topping

I’ve never been very good at banana management – I tend to buy a bunch, eat a few and then watch the rest turn black. I love fruit especially after dinner but winter time there isn’t much to choose from other than citrus, apples, pears and bananas. So when I ask Timothy to shop for…

Brown Butter Lobster with Truffle Butter Fettuccini

Serves 2 – 3 It’s Valentine’s Day, you forgot to make dinner reservations, so you’re knee-deep in Pinterest, trying to find a meal you can make fast with stuff that isn’t going to break the bank or be hard to find. Oh yeah, it’s also gotta be somewhat impressive and romantic. This is basically the…

Framboise Chocolate Torta

Serves 10-12 Framboise chocolate torta is a European-style cake that is extremely moist with deep chocolate notes that conspire with Framboise (raspberry liqueur) and fresh raspberry purée then draped with a chocolate butter glaze. This is a chocoholics dream which is why I always make it for Valentines Day for Timothy. I recommend using artisanal…

Polpette Alla Romana Sub a.k.a Roman-Style Meaball Sub

Makes 12 Subs The perfect meatball sandwich first needs perfect meatballs, great sauce and gooey melty cheese. Once you have those two in place, the rest is a matter of construction and bara bing, bada boom. So back to the meatballs…roasting them on an wire rack gets them evenly browned and keeps them juicy. Adding…

Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken with Sweet Potatoes & Leeks

This sheet pan dinner you are definitely gonna want to make! It is filled with so much flavor – Harissa-laced roasted chicken; crunchy sweet potatoes; browned leeks & onions; topped with a creamy tangy Feta Sauce and strewn with lots of fresh vibrant herbs. Harissa is a fiery-hot North African hot paste, that enlivens everything…

Green Tabasco Roast Chicken

Anytime I think about roast chicken, this is what comes to mind each time — a juicy, crispy-skinned bird. And in case you’re thinking “roast chicken is roast chicken,” as I once did, I’m here to tell you that this is not just any roast chicken recipe. “Lek jou lippe” or “Lip smacking good” Afrikaans…

Pommes Anna al Tartufo a.k.a. Truffle Pommes Anna

Serves 4-6 This is our interpretation of the French classic Pommes Anna. We kicked it up a notch with the addition of truffle Pecorino for an elegant cheesy twist. Named after a mid-19th-century Parisian beauty, this crispy, buttery potato cake with a creamy center is special occasion fare. It’s a marvel still, every time we…

Truffle-infused French Onion Soup

Serves 8-10 Few soups get people as misty-eyed as French onion. Literally and figuratively speaking, for some. Sure, at times I count myself among the many who cry while slicing pounds and pounds of onions. Despite the waterworks, it’s hard to resist the result: a rich, fragrant, deeply colored pot of comfort. The best renditions…

Roasted Carrot-Ginger Soup with Coconut Roasted Shrimp

Serves 4 We LOVE, LOVE, L_O_V_E this soup, and that’s without exaggeration. The carrots natural flavor and sweetness is enhanced by roasting the carrots before for 10 minutes. This carrot-ginger soup has the perfect flavor balance with the sweetness from the carrots and the warm and heat from the ginger. A little coconut milk and…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cake

These are classic American childhood flavors, combined in very grown-up way. The cake features a crispy wafer crust topped with layers of peanut butter and chocolate mousse, then finished with a chocolate glaze and a sprinkling of crunchy peanuts.

Peppermint Bark Blondies

Chocoholics, prepare to swoon…cause these will rock your world. Seriously though, I’m not exaggerating when I tell you these blondies are ambrosial and completely irresistible. When we made the first batch I didn’t get any photos because we scarfed it all. But that allowed for adjustments like using dark chocolate peppermint bark and toasted the…