Lemon Blueberry Granola with CBD

Ohhhh man is it hard to be back after vacation, amiright?? These past few weeks have been an incredibly calming, jam-packed, sun-soaked adventure. We were in Key Largo for an amazing wedding (and yes, the wedding cake was a hit!!); spent a week in a condo overlooking the white sandy beaches of South Beach Miami

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Halibut with Beets, Radish, and Salsa Verde

Halibut with Beets, Radish, and Salsa Verde

Well, it seems as though Summer has officially arrived in New England!! And other than vacations, beach days, and lots of ice cream, what that also means is that I find myself wanting to spend fewer hours in the kitchen. Which is kind of a bummer because I love cooking! But its very challenging to

Ras al Hanout Chicken with Brown Butter Roasted Vegetables

Ras al Hanout Chicken with Brown Butter Roasted Vegetables

Ok so right off the bat, I know this recipe doesn’t scream “Summer”. The inspiration for this dish came mostly because I was wanting a dish that would leave me with delicious leftovers. The downside to all of the fresh and crisp Summer recipes I’ve shared lately is they dont have a long shelf life.

Huevos Habaneros with Mojo-Spiced Tostones

Huevos Habaneros with Mojo-Spiced Tostones

I’m a huge advocate for “breakfast for dinner” meals, especially on nights when I don’t feel like cooking. They’re satisfying, quick, and require very little use of the hot oven (perfect for warm summer nights). And with the upcoming wedding and cake prep (did I mention I’m making a 3 tiered wedding cake next week??)

CBD Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday was my wife and daughter’s birthday (yep, baby was born on Mommy’s birthday!) and with every birthday comes the time to reflect on the past year. And man, we’ve experienced a lot! Our tiny munchkin grew into an energetic, verbal, challenging, sweet, goofy little person; my wife received her graduate degree and accepted her

Blackened Pork with Lime Corn and Avocado Salsa

I used to hate corn. My only positive memory of it comes from meals spent with my grandparents. My grandfather ate corn like it was going out of style. Anytime it was on the menu, he passionately devoured that cob of corn so ferociously that it was inevitable to spot one or two (or 10)

Strawberry Basil Welsh Cake

This Strawberry Basil Welsh Cake recipe may seem simple. But these simple pastries hold so many personal childhood memories that it was on the “duh, of course I should make them” baking list this past weekend. I was lucky enough to have grandparents who lived in a beautiful house minutes away from the lake in

Smoked Chicken with Lemon-Sweet Potato Risotto

I’m going to be honest with you, I’m not sure where the inspiration for this smoked chicken with preserved lemon-sweet potato risotto and artichoke came from! I’m not one of those chefs who’s obsessed with smoking things. And unless thrown into a salad, I could leave canned artichokes alone. But for some reason, these ingredients

Mexican Hot Chocolate Rotiboy (Coffee Bun)

I’ve been working as a professional chef since I was 17 and over the past 15+ years I’ve encountered a fair amount of baked goods. Whether I saw them in text books, on TV, or in the countless bakeries I’ve been to, I can confidently say I know a lot about baking. Which is why

Banana Cake with Garam Masala Buttercream and Honey Caramel

We’ve all been there: we pick up the perfect bunch of bananas at the beginning of the week expecting to pack them in lunches or have as an afternoon snack only to have them sit and turn brown as the week ends. No problem ’cause we can always make banana bread , right? True…I don’t

Strawberry Rhubarb Tart with Pistachio Frangipane

Even though Spring sprung a few weeks ago it didn’t truly feel like the warm weather was on its way until this weekend. New England was more like a tropical oasis than ever but this Strawberry and Rhubarb Tart with Pistachio Frangipane and Fennel Dust is what really made me feel those Spring and Summer

Grapefruit “Black and White” Cookies

“Black and White” cookie? “Half and Half” cookie? The original German name “Amerikaner” cookie? Whatever you call them, the one thing we can all agree on is these cookies are freaking delicious, amiright?! Its like a soft angel food cake and a buttery shortbread cookie had a delectably chewy baby. And the frosting. It should

Blueberry Basil Brioche Swirl Bread

Fun fact: I’ve been baking since I was barely able to look over the kitchen counter. I was a 6-year-old who preferred to bake brownies and cookies than play with toys or run around with the other kids. I was drawn to the beauty and science of baking long before I fell in love with

Maple Pecan Swirl Sourdough

I love bread. I love eating it. I love making it. If I could, I’d do nothing but eat and make bread every day for the rest of my life. Homemade sourdough has to be one of the world’s most perfect foods. Just 3 simple ingredients, with a little manipulation and time, can produce a

Souffle Pancakes with Maple Caramel and Bacon Granola

I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical when I first heard about the Japanese-inspired souffle pancakes social media was becoming obsessed with. In my opinion, pancakes are one of those foods that you really shouldn’t mess with. I mean, its such a emotionally-charged, nostalgic food that it’s almost a crime to change it! Especially because

Lemon Basil Cupcakes with Balsamic Strawberries

I have a confession to make: I dont have much of a sweet tooth. Ugh, I know. It’s actually something I’m not proud of. I wish I could look at a triple chocolate cake with the same ferocious desire that some people do (like my wife). That’s not to say that I dont enjoy sweet

Chocolate Babka Muffins

I kid you not, trying to write a post about these chocolate babka muffins was challenging. Not because there isn’t much to say about them… quite the opposite in fact. It’s like listening to a Pink Floyd song or looking at van Gogh’s The Starry Night. You dont say a word, you just take in

Spring Cookies – The perfectly flaky picnic treat!

It’s Friday, Spring, (yay!), and I accomplished the following things: Spent more time in the kitchen than I have in a while (be on the lookout for more recipes soon!) Turned a neglected piece of land into a (potentially) thriving vegetable garden. Slept for more than 7 hours in one night. And watched (again) obscene

World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie (Seriously)

I feel like I’ve been working on perfecting the world’s best chocolate chip cookie recipe for years. Since I was 6 actually. To me, there is nothing more comforting than a chocolate chip cookie. I’m sure the synonym for nostalgia is “chocolate chip cookie” in fact. And no matter how many times I thought I

Brown Butter Parsnip Breakfast Bread

One of the many reasons why I love cooking is the endless creativity. And one easy way to be creative in the kitchen is taking a standard, classic recipe and adding a fun twist to it. I’ve loved doing this ever since I started cooking when I was 6 years old. Granted, swapping out the