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…

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…

Pecan Chocolate-Caramel Tart

Serves 12-14 Pecan chocolate-caramel tart is a pâte sucrée crust (shortbread cookie crust) filled with pecans enrobed in a homemade chocolate-caramel sauce. It’s kinda like a premium candy bar with the chocolate-caramel coated pecans set in the buttery, sweet shortbread crust — which is to say perfect! The crisp texture and buttery flavor goes perfectly…

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…

Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad with Cornbread Croutons

We wanted to amp up the volume on the very popular Caesar salad and we did that by turning it into a GRILLED SHRIMP CAESAR SALAD w/ CORNBREAD CROUTONS. The char on the grilled shrimp & the sweetness from the cornbread adds levels of flavor to you salad and making your own homemade dressing takes…

Limoncello Pollo Al Mattone (Limoncello Tuscan Cornish Hens)

Pollo al mattone translated means chicken under a brick. It originated in the Tuscan region of Italy and it’s a method of roasting or grilling a whole chicken. The chicken is split open and the backbone removed and opened like a book, this is known as spatchcocking a chicken. The use of a brick (or…

Watermelon Tequila Mojito

About fifteen year ago when Mojitos were all the rage, was when I had my first Mojito. It’s a cocktail that at first sip will immediately transports you to the islands. Traditionally Mojitos are made with White Rum but I LOOOVE Tequila so naturally I had to concoct a Mojito that users it. The secret…

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.