Chicago Beef

You can call it an Italian Beef Sandwich or a Chicago Beef Hoagie; call it whatever you want but you will come back for more.  Such a tasty and satisfying meal!  As usual, quality ingredients and good cooking techniques make all the difference. Ingredients 4 to 5 lbs. chuck roast (or whatever size you need)…

Need to Know (TV series)

So thankful to our local PBS station (WXXI  – Rochester, NY) for featuring me on their show “Need to Know.”  Helene Biandudi Hofer is the talented and award-winning host.  She asked me to be the first person featured in her mini-series called “Double Lives.”  This looks at people who have a professional day job and…

St. Paddy’s Day 2018

Such a fun time every year.  I really have Scottish/Irish roots, so this is not a stretch for me.  Somehow we only eat it corned beef once a year, so I decided to have it for dinner and breakfast this time around! Straight up slow cooked corned beef and potatoes for dinner.  With a cold…

Spaghetti Squash

I love this stuff. Fairly easy to make, very tasty, and a great canvas for all types of flavors. One of my daughters is a vegetarian, and this allows for both meat and non-meat options. Here’s the recipe: Preheat oven to 375F Wash the outside of the spaghetti squash. Chop it in half (the long…

ROC Food & Wine Experience

Sept. 23, 2017.  The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle partnered with several great sponsors to bring an awesome event to downtown Rochester.  There were tents set up for many local restaurants, chefs, and wine/beer/cider producers to share samples.  Duff Goldman (The Ace of Cakes) was the headliner.  He did a demo on the perfectly gooey apple…

Football Food 2017-18

We are back for a second year of my two favorite things… the Buffalo Bills and food! Wildcard Playoff Game So excited to see my Bills make the playoffs to break an 18 year drought!  Too bad they couldn’t get enough offense going to win, but we are definitely on the right track with this…

Clam Sauce and Pasta

This is one of my favorite comfort foods.  Nothing is quite as satisfying as briny clams, with its broth enveloping a bed of pasta.  Top it with fresh Parmesan cheese and Italian parsley… mangia, mangia! Steps Scrub clean your fresh clams.  Keep in cold water until ready to cook.  Do not use clams that have…

Cold Smoked Salmon

This is referred to as “cold smoked” because it is smoked at a lower temperature for a short period of time.  You need about 7 hours from start to finish, so keep that in mind. Ingredients One large, fresh salmon filet (keep the back skin on) Salt Brown Sugar 3 Lemons, 3 Limes, and 2…

Seasonal Eating

It is a hot summer day, which got me thinking about the beauty of cooking seasonally all year long.  What you are in the mood for certainly changes with the weather.  It is also the best way to eat the freshest ingredients. Here is a little montage of my seasonal dishes… Winter Warmer: Ham, Pasta…

Sides

Sometimes they support the main dish and sometimes you just want to eat them by themselves…

Mothers’ Day

Honoring my mom, my wife, and my sister-in-law with a delicious brunch! Mimosa bar Blueberry French toast casserole Four different quiches Bacon-wrapped asparagus Homemade biscuits for short cakes Everyone loved the meal! Especially Oliver!

Asian Meatballs and Polenta

Talk about a mash-up of Italian and Asian influences… meatballs cooked in an Asian barbecue sauce served over polenta. Man, was it tasty! Make your favorite meatballs (or you can cheat and use store-bought ones). Asian BBQ Sauce Whisk together: 1.5 cups Teriyaki Sauce 0.5 cups Beef Stock 0.75 cups Smoky BBQ Sauce Zest and…