~Kahlua Flan~

There are many fantastic desserts in the world, some more refined than others. Some of my earliest memories as a young boy are filled with the discovery and enjoyment of Flan. A creamy, smooth dessert with a caramel sauce top. To me Flan is one of the more gracious desserts, both in appearance and simple…

~Fresh at the wrong time~

As I spend my late night skimming through Pinterest pages and recipe inspiration, it bothers me just the slightest bit if I happen to see something involving figs. Is it not just cruel that figs which are best enjoyed during the spring and summer somehow manage to have the best recipes in the colder months?…

~Honey Spiced Chicken Legs~

There are days when you just feel a strong momentum, a rush of energy to buzz around with whatever hobby or activity you happen to enjoy. As a chef of course that buzz is all about cooking! Its been non-stop kitchen action today which is always a good thing and I decided to keep that…

~Choux with Peppermint Ganache~

As the seasons change, so too must the cooking. I must admit that with the holidays I always have a huge weakness for peppermint everything. Working at Williams Sonoma does give the chance to sample the many peppermint bark demonstrations. Which has given me the idea to create peppermint Choux, or cream puffs. Choux have…

~Spice grinder~

You know that feeling when you get a new toy or gadget? When you think of the possibilities and excitement to be had? I feel that very same way right now with my brand new spice grinder! A grinder is something I have wanted for quite some time for many various reasons. The first of…

~Holiday work~

Ahoy shipmates! The holidays are my favorite time of year, excitement abounds in many forms. It is times like these when I take a short drive after work simply to see the many decorated houses around town. Some are minimal, adding long strings of lights around the roof and perhaps a motorized reindeer. Then there…

~Pumpkin Pie with Maple Rum Pecan Crust~

Hello to you friends and followers! I’m hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving. My day of feasting was exciting, the majority of the day spent cooking and running all around the kitchen. My family also enjoys watching the parade while the oven is working its magic, seeing the balloons and music performances. Although in recent…

~Honey Rolls~

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone today! I’m sure we are all in the full cooking swing today, and since last night. My family enjoys picking their own tasks to make up the whole meal. I start off by working hard on some delicious Honey Rolls to start our meal. A roll is by far one of…

~Bourbon Apple Pie~

With only a week left until Thanksgiving, the brain has been buzzing more than ever with fall flavors and ideas. It’s been a while since I posted a recipe involving apples so I decided to make a pie. Now apple pie is probably one of the most popular flavors in the nation, a staple of…

~Maple Dijon Pork Roast~

With only 8 days left until Thanksgiving, I’m sure many of us are scurrying around trying out recipes and thinking up creative fun for the coming feast. Even so the making of weekly dinners just cannot suddenly stop! Tonight there was a pork roast needing a recipe to work with it, but a recipe that…

~Sunday morning~

Ah Sunday, the calm before the returning Monday. Nothing I enjoy more than having a fun breakfast before the weekend ends. It just so happens my favorite breakfast spot in town is celebrating its two year anniversary today! Located in Bellmore, New York is Morning Rose Cafe. Started by owner Rose, the cafe is a…

~I’m just bananas for dessert~

When it comes to fruit, many who have followed my posts thus far would think that Apples are my favorite, or perhaps some variety of citrus. Granted I’ve made a few posts and talked to the moon and back about apples, and I have a huge appreciation for citrus in sweet and savory dishes. But…