Chicken and Shrimp Toscano

chicken shrimp toscano 3

During my restaurant days I loved the saute station, blending ingredients together, finding the right balance, getting the sauce just right and providing my guests with a good value and a delicious meal. One of the ways I used to keep costs down was to mix chicken and shrimp together.  My guest still got the splurge of plump juicy gulf shrimp, … [Read more...]

San Franciscan Choppino Recipe (aka Cioppino)

San Franciscan Choppino

August and September are big birthday months in our family and we usually gather together to celebrate everyone's birthday in each month with a special dinner.    We did that last month ago for the August birthdays but didn't seem to find time for our September birthdays this year. Since we weren't going to have time for a family celebration this … [Read more...]

Pasta alla Caponata

pasta topped with caponata

I  make no secret of the fact that I do love pasta!  Through all of my years as a chef my specialties have always been Italian Style Dishes, many containing pasta as an integral part of the dish. But with all of the world dishes I've created and served, its always the simplest dishes that make me the happiest.  Pasta tossed with freshly made … [Read more...]

Ravioli and Shrimp Scampi – Inside my Restaurant Kitchen

Spinach and cheese ravioli topped with shrimp in a garlic scampi sauce

In my restaurant days finding new ways to use product we already had on hand was a bonus.  If you came up with a new special to run and didn't have to buy any other ingredients, that was a win-win situation.  You're customers got something new to try and you didn't have to bring any new products into your restaurant.  When you're cooking at home … [Read more...]

Chicken Scarpariello aka “Shoemakers Chicken”

chicken with sweet sausage and roasted potatoes in a lemon rosemary sauce

Years ago I spent a few months working in an old Italian restaurant as I waited for the plans to be approved for a new restaurant I would be opening.    I needed to keep working and this job just happened to be available.  It didn't pay very well, but as far as anyone knew I was just an experienced line cook , I had never let on exactly how … [Read more...]

Chicken Sorrento

Chicken Sorrento 3

Sometimes I wonder if being a blogger isn't more difficult than being a restaurant chef.  I know for a fact feeding a family is certainly a more daunting task, because it not only requires the skills of a chef, but those also of a menu designer and purchasing agent, and you rarely have a staff of prep people and dish washers to lessen your work … [Read more...]