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Fall Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato

Fall Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato

Sometimes I just crave a good, hearty fall kale salad. Do you? This salad is paleo-friendly, gluten-friendly, dairy-free, allium-free, and grain-free. Whew! That's a lot of "free's" If you want to spice up the salad - I won't be offended, see below for my...

Apple & Squash Soup with Bacon and Ricotta

Apple & Squash Soup with Bacon and Ricotta

Apple and Squash Soup means that fall is HERE y'all! I'm going to be honest with you for a minute. Soup gives me a bit of PTSD. Is that odd? Sous Chef Jobs Here's the deal though. When I was a Sous Chef at a restaurant (that shall remain nameless) I had to make two...

Classic Beef Chili

Classic Beef Chili

Sometimes you just need some classic beef chili. This is a no-frills, flavor-packed, delicious, old-school chili. Most importantly, this is the chili my mom taught me to make. I've adapted slightly and moved some of the steps around, but for the most part, it's the...

Carbonara with Pancetta: Go To Weeknight Meal

Carbonara with Pancetta: Go To Weeknight Meal

Carbonara is an awesome meal for those nights when you don't feel like cooking and when you're out of groceries. Bon Appétit says that it's the perfect "no food in the house" dinner, and I completely agree. So what is Carbonara? Carbonara is an egg-based sauce that...

Peruvian Chicken Skewers and Basil Chimichurri

Peruvian Chicken Skewers and Basil Chimichurri

These Peruvian chicken skewers have a bit of a back story. In October I'm cooking for some amazing clients. They booked me for their wedding weekend to prepare and serve food at their home for three different days: a wedding kick-off evening, breakfast and lunch for...

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Chicken chili can sometimes take the back seat to the classic beef chili, but I'd like to propose a recipe to counter even the best beef chilis out there (sorry, mom!). Not that it will replace them - after all, there's a time for chicken chili and a time for beef...

Steak Au Poivre: Steak & Sherry Cream Sauce

Steak Au Poivre: Steak & Sherry Cream Sauce

Steak Au Poivre is a black pepper-crusted steak that comes with a sherry cream pan sauce. You cook the sauce in the same pan that has the "fond" (those black bits stuck on the bottom from pan-searing the steaks) which adds so much incredible flavor! I've added in a...

Spicy Crab Spaghetti with Lemon & Asparagus

Spicy Crab Spaghetti with Lemon & Asparagus

Let me first say that this recipe is inspired by one of my family’s favorite restaurants, Ciao Bella in Minnesota. This recipe is also coming from a place of nostalgia…

Ravioli and Bacon Beurre Blanc

Ravioli and Bacon Beurre Blanc

Bacon Beurre Blanc takes this pasta to the next level, especially when you consider that pasta is as much about the sauce as it is the pasta. I already have a recipe that talks about Beurre Blanc and how it can be tricky or time consuming to make. But here's the gist...

Pan Seared Halibut in Carrot Ginger Broth

Pan Seared Halibut in Carrot Ginger Broth

Pan Seared Halibut in Carrot Ginger Broth is a summer meal must! It's light but still satisfying and it's loaded with healthy antioxidants and vitamins. This recipe is inspired by one of my favorite cookbooks called "The Herbal Kitchen" by Jerry Traunfeld. I have...

Rosé Wine Spritzer

Rosé Wine Spritzer

What could be better in Summer than a Rosé wine spritzer? I know you can drink Rosé all year long, but really - let's be honest. It's just the best in Summer. This is a quick 2-minute little cocktail to get you ready for a relaxing and low-key weekend. If I could sum...

Easy Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Easy Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Pulled Chicken. It's summer and that means one thing in terms of dinner. Barbecue. It's just American, right? Sweet Corn. Chicken. Steak. Ribs. Pulled Pork. Hot Dogs. Brats. Veggie Burgers (sorry this is the wrong post for you if you are vegetarian, but feel free to...

Curry Beurre Blanc with Grilled Salmon

Curry Beurre Blanc with Grilled Salmon

Adding curry to a classic beurre blanc really helps to brighten up your dinner routine! And I promise, that Beurre Blanc is not difficult to make. The base of any beurre blanc will be thyme (fresh if you can get it, but dried will be fine too), shallots, white wine...

Shrimp Curry Soup with Seasoned Naan

Shrimp Curry Soup with Seasoned Naan

The following recipe was inspired by Food & Wine Magazine's latest edition (January 2021) which is all about "sopping." I absolutely loved the editor's note about how he came across a woman in a grocery store who was asking him what naan was and how to use it. He...

Homemade Chicken Bone Broth

Homemade Chicken Bone Broth

Many great chefs and cooks agree- making your own stock makes all the difference in your food. This bone broth has great amounts of collagen and protein. Plus, it makes enough for you to freeze at least 3 quarts to save for later. Once you get everything in the pot -...

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Viura: Spanish White Wine Intro

Viura: Spanish White Wine Intro

Viura (also known as Macabeo) is a native Spanish white grape that has quite a history! In Penedes, and a few other areas of Spain, this grape is known as Macabeo. You can also find Macabeo in Rousillion, France! In Valencia, Rioja, and Rueda, this grape is called...

Apple & Squash Soup with Bacon and Ricotta

Apple & Squash Soup with Bacon and Ricotta

Apple and Squash Soup means that fall is HERE y'all! I'm going to be honest with you for a minute. Soup gives me a bit of PTSD. Is that odd? Sous Chef Jobs Here's the deal though. When I was a Sous Chef at a restaurant (that shall remain nameless) I had to make two...

Aligoté: The Middle Child of Burgundy

Aligoté: The Middle Child of Burgundy

Aligoté is the "other" Burgundian white wine. Simply enough, when you typically see Burgundy white wine it's 100% Chardonnay. If you're waiting for the other shoe to drop, thinking, "That's way too easy" -- you're right. Depending on the region, vineyard, and...

Classic Beef Chili

Classic Beef Chili

Sometimes you just need some classic beef chili. This is a no-frills, flavor-packed, delicious, old-school chili. Most importantly, this is the chili my mom taught me to make. I've adapted slightly and moved some of the steps around, but for the most part, it's the...

Healthy Seed & Nut Bars

Healthy Seed & Nut Bars

I am obsessed with these healthy seed and nut bars! They are packed with tons of nutrients, protein, good fats, and just the right amount of sweetness. I like to cut these up into smaller cubes and keep them in the freezer to keep on hand. You can be flexible with the...

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins

I came up with these paleo pumpkin spice muffins, that are also nut free, for some very special clients of mine. In a previous post (on Peruvian chicken skewers), I mentioned that I have been hired to cook for some clients in October with a lot of different dietary...

Grillo: Sicilian White Wine

Grillo: Sicilian White Wine

This Grillo from L'arca was the first bottle of wine I tried from Martha Stewart Wine Co. Sicilian White Wines You Need to Know: Grillo We’ve already done a post about an intro to Sicilian reds, covering Frappato, a native red grape. Later this month I will also be...

Pound Cake Bites – The Best Accident

Pound Cake Bites – The Best Accident

These accidental pound cake bites came about because it's The Somm Chef's birthday month, my birthday month, and the anniversary of Ian and I moving down to FL (and sort of the anniversary of The Somm Chef inception). In short - September of last year was quite the...

Intro to Napa Chardonnay: Chateau Montelena

Intro to Napa Chardonnay: Chateau Montelena

Chateau Montelena may not be a name you're too familiar with. However, you may have heard of the movie "Bottle Shock" with all-star cast Chris Pine, Alan Rickman, and Bill Pullman. This film is (loosely) based around the blind tasting in 1976 called the Judgement of...

Carbonara with Pancetta: Go To Weeknight Meal

Carbonara with Pancetta: Go To Weeknight Meal

Carbonara is an awesome meal for those nights when you don't feel like cooking and when you're out of groceries. Bon Appétit says that it's the perfect "no food in the house" dinner, and I completely agree. So what is Carbonara? Carbonara is an egg-based sauce that...

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