Cherry Glaze Quail with Grilled Radicchio & Grains of Paradise

Cherries signal that summer is officially in full swing! I try to use cherries as much as possible before cherry season ends. One way of preserving cherries is to turn them into a glaze. The traditional method of glazing cherries is called a gastrique, which is a sweet and sour sauce. I’ve been a sucker…

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Caponata Salad with Castelvetrano Olives, Crispy Capers, Pine Nuts & Agro Dolce Raisins

Being Sicilian, I naturally love the flavors of a traditional sweet and sour eggplant stew combined with tomatoes, onion, capers, olives, pine nuts and raisins. In this recipe, I wanted to take that idea, spruce it up a bit, refresh its appearance…and quite frankly, spend less time cooking. This dish is a quintessential combination of…

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Smoked Salt & Lime-Rubbed Striped Bass with Spring Peas, Radish, Coconut Green Curry & Cilantro Coconut Gremolata

This dish screams spring, from the zesty lime and cilantro to the beautiful bright colors of the radish and peas. One thing I like to do as soon as spring hits is bring more lightness to my meals since the weather is warmer. I also like to play with the idea of a dish being…

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Crème Fraîche

Crème fraîche is a more refined version of sour cream. The beautiful thing about crème fraîche is its versatility. I even use it in desserts to cut sweetness. It’s super easy to make and pretty hands off in terms of prep. Prep Time: 5 minutes, plus 36 to 48 hours resting time for thickening Special…

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Rhubarb Mostarda

A mostarda is a sweet and sour condiment that contains mustard seeds. Rhubarb is one of those tangy tart spring ingredients that pairs well with the mustard seeds. However, essentially, you can make a mostarda for every season, like a peach or cherry mostarda during the summer is wonderful. Then in fall and winter you…

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Cast Iron Roasted Beets with Celery, Rhubarb Mostarda & Crème Fraîche

Beets are one of the beckoning ingredients that are essential from winter into spring. They offer plenty of sweet, savory and earthy notes that help them pair well with almost anything. In this recipe, I roast beets in foil pouches placed in a preheated cast iron pan. This method allows the beets to caramelize in…

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Barnburner Burger with Thrice-cooked Fries

Here it is! The iconic burger and fries. This burger is based on two things: great ingredients and great technique. The motto “less is more” definitely applies here. The first great ingredient you’ll need is Barnburner Cheese from Grafton Village Cheese Company in Vermont. This aged, smoked cheddar is naturally dyed with annatto seeds, which…

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Wine to Vinegar

The word vinegar translates to sour wine.  Vinegar is an essential ingredient for any pantry. As a chef, we are always trying to enhance and improve a dish. Here is where vinegar comes in and plays a vital role. Often, I season a dish with as much acidity, as I do salt. Vinegars can be…

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Blood Orange Marmalade

Prep Time: 10 to 15 minutes Cook Time: 35 to 45 minutes Ingredients: 2 pounds of blood oranges 6 cups water 5 cups white sugar 2 oz. apple pectin (optional) Step by Step Prepare the Oranges 1. Thoroughly wash the oranges 2. Cut oranges in half from top to tail, then remove the seeds and…

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