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…

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…

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…

Vee's Loaded Oatmeal Cookies with a Brown Butter Glaze

The name says it all, an old fashion favorite comfort cookie loaded with brown sugar, pecans, golden raisins, currants and a combination of spices. My favorite is the cardamom. I’ve always been reluctant to use shortening but with no real valid reason so after much research and testing I decided to include it in this…