Steak Diane Recipe – An American Classic Revisted Around the Kitchen Table

Steak Diane

While I admit that I no longer eat beef and haven't for quite a long time now, I do still enjoy preparing it and serving it to Lisa and my guests.   I've spent many an hour working on whole strips , whole filets, steamship rounds, prime ribs and just about any cut of beef you can imagine, so even though I don't consume it personally I have no … [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...]

Chicken Florentine – Deconstructed

Seared Chicken 2

As I set up my mis en place for dinner, I began to envision the dish I was about to make and how I would assemble it.    I knew I wanted potatoes and I wanted them sliced and crisp, sautéed with garlic.  I had baby spinach in abundance so that had to be worked into the recipe,  as well as mushrooms and boneless  chicken thighs. I began thinking … [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 and Shrimp Pepperoni

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During my restaurant days one of my favorite dishes to make was Chicken Pepperoni.  Not only was it a delicious dish, but it reminded me of the time I spent with Mama Jeanette, and how she taught me so much about food and about myself. Chicken was always a favorite in my restaurant, so I did my best to make the dishes special, flavorful and … [Read more...]

Tuscan Chicken and Sausage – In My Restaurant Kitchen

Chicken and sausage in a northern sauce over pasta

I'll be the first to admit we do eat a lot of pasta, it just seems that so many of the saute dishes I create go so well served over linguine or spaghetti.   Many times what I create for dinner comes from what I have in the refrigerator to work with.  Of course I do buy specific items for menu ideas that I have, but some of the time If I haven't … [Read more...]