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...]

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...]

Tomato and Spinach Lasagna

Spinach and Tomato Lasagna

If you're ever looking for my Achilles heal, you really don't have to look to far.   I am totally enamored with the wonder of cheese.   All you have to do is make me something that involves the gooey melty amazing quality of cheese and you have won a friend for life!   It's no wonder when the Mid Atlantic Dairy Association asked me to represent … [Read more...]

Pasta Aglio Olio (aka Aioli) with Broccoli Rabe

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Some days you just don't feel like eating anything too heavy.  But that doesn't mean  you don't want to feel full when your done with your meal.   Lisa and I do eat a fair amount of pasta dinner and while she enjoys sausage with hers,  mine is always meatless.   I will let you in on my secret though, I love cheddar cheese on my pasta.  I'm not sure … [Read more...]