My Seven Favorite Meyer Lemon Recipes!

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One of my favorite times of year is when the Meyer Lemons start coming into season and I've begun to see them in my area supermarkets again so that means its time to getting cooking with Meyer Lemons!   Meyer Lemons made their first appearance in the United States in 1908 when Frank Meyer introduced this hybrid of a lemon and mandarin orange. … [Read more...]

Chicken and Shrimp Toscano

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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...]

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese and Hello from Florida!

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For those of you that don't know, I moved to Kissimmee Florida at the end of October.   And for those that didn't know last year was one of the worst years of my life.   I battled my work related injuries, that Doctors told me couldn't be fixed, constant pain and a bout of depression that came as the result of those injuries and the fact that I … [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...]

Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese

american cheese, pepperoni, pizza sauce,mozzarella cheese, sourdough bread

I've always loved a good grilled cheese sandwich but up to a few years ago, I never thought of adding anything other than the standard ham, bacon or tomato....sigh    These days you can find just about anything in my grilled cheese sandwich which makes my wife absolutely crazy, because she doesn't like anything in her grilled cheese but … [Read more...]