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...]

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...]

Chicken Marselena with Pepperoni – Inside my Restaurant Kitchen

Chicken Marselena with Pepperoni

During my restaurant years, one of my favorite things to do was combine flavors, and of course my favorite way to prepare those dishes was saute'.   If I  miss anything about my restaurant days, it would have be my Mise en place, that incredible array of  ingredients, that I built my dishes from. Of course there were items that were standard … [Read more...]