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Trip to Italy and Beyond

Trip to Italy and Beyond

I am leading a culinary trip to Verona in Northern Italy in September of this year and would love to have you join me. My partner, Demet Guzey and I have come together to bring you the best in local markets, hands-on classes and wine tastings from the famous Valpolicella region. Second to Chianti, Valopicella […]

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Easy and Delicious Grilled Butterflied Chicken ( Chicken Al Mattone)

Easy and Delicious Grilled Butterflied Chicken ( Chicken Al Mattone)

I taught a wonderful private cooking class in Los Angeles two weeks ago at a regular clients home in West Hollywood. We have been cooking together for many years and she often wants to learn techniques more than recipes. She was very curious about how to grill a whole chicken under a brick known as […]

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Asparagus Gruyere Tart

Asparagus Gruyere Tart

What an easy and delicious appetizer this is, or it could be a side for a simple meal of grilled fish and green salad. Puff pastry is the easiest dough to work with as it isn’t finicky like phyllo dough or pastry dough. I buy it frozen and defrost to in the counter for an […]

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A love letter to my childhood

A love letter to my childhood

The holidays bring up so much stuff; memories of childhood, reminiscences of days gone by, loneliness for a family connection when there is none. But for me, mostly, I am aware of how lucky I was to grow up the way I did. My mother was the original superwoman – she did it all; from […]

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Burrata on Crostini with Caramelized Shallots

Burrata on Crostini with Caramelized Shallots

Looking for an easy and fabulous appetizer for the holidays? Try this super yummy burrata on crostini, topped with crisp applewood bacon and caramelized shallots or onions. This is sure to be a go to recipe for any occasion. Burrata on Crostini with Caramelized Shallots and Bacon Serves 6 to 8 Ingredients ¼ cup olive […]

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Red Lentil Soup with Cilantro and Kale

Red Lentil Soup with Cilantro and Kale

This is the best soup for colder weather which we are finally having now at the end of October. I left the greens out of the photo as I recommend stirring them in at the end of the cooking to retain their bright green color. Spicy Red Lentil Soup with Cilantro  Serves 6 to 8 […]

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Sweet and Spicy Sticky Chicken

Sweet and Spicy Sticky Chicken

This is one of my dishes that always gets rave reviews. It can be made with pork tenderloin as well which would be cooked for about 20 minutes. If you need to use an alternative sweetener, try honey. Sweet and Spicy Sticky Chicken Serves 4 Ingredients 1/2 cup sugar 2 Tb. lime juice ½ cup […]

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Baked Stuffed Eggplant with Lamb

Baked Stuffed Eggplant with Lamb

Can you imagine a more delicious dish than this eggplant stuffed with ground lamb, onion, garlic, spices and then topped with feta? I  have made these vegetarian as well by opting for chopped sauteed wild mushrooms in place of the lamb. This is a great dish for entertaining and freezes well. Lamb Stuffed Eggplant with […]

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Gazpacho

Gazpacho

One of my favorite summer soups – gazpacho brings back memories of my mother who would make it with all the wonderful vegetables from our garden. Refreshing and healthy; it’s a great first course or light lunch or blended as a smoothie for breakfast. Gazpacho Serves 8 to 10 Ingredients 1 small red onion, minced […]

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Chicken Salad with Mixed Greens and Chevre

Chicken Salad with Mixed Greens and Chevre

A simple, quick salad for the dog days of summer. You can use feta instead of the chèvre if desired. I love summer salads that use up leftover protein from last nights meal, think of grilled shrimp, pork tenderloin, tofu, or salmon as a replacement for the chicken. I also recommend using any kind of […]

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Blueberry Peach Cobbler

Blueberry Peach Cobbler

Just in time for summer and the beautiful local produce that abounds, I share with you this yummy cobbler that can be made with any ripe fruit on hand. In the winter I make this recipe wth apples or pears and sometimes include frozen blueberries as I love them so. Plum/Peach Blueberry Cobbler with Chantilly […]

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Vegetarian Entrees for Weekly Meal Delivery

Vegetarian Entrees for Weekly Meal Delivery

Did you know that I prepare meals for clients on a weekly basis and either deliver them or you can pick up your meals at my home. This week was especially colorful given all the local produce available this time of year. I love cooking for my people especially my style;  healthy, clean food. I […]

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