Bacon, Egg, and Brie Buckwheat Crepe

Bacon, Egg, and Brie Buckwheat Crepe

One of the most challenging things I learned as a young chef (and still work on today) is the act of simplicity. Even from the home cook’s perspective, “fine dining” or “gourmet” recipes seem to correlate to ingredient lists a mile long. And while in some cases that may be true, I find that some

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Salsa Verde with shrimp

Kitchen Basics: Salsa Verde

I get asked all the time what my favorite recipe is or what’s my style of cooking. I see that as a complex question because one of the most fulfilling aspects I find by being a chef is the ability to constantly learn and grow. So my style, passions, and knowledge changes constantly. However, one

Szechuan Crusted Tuna with Summer Melon and Peach

Szechuan Crusted Tuna with Summer Melon and Peach

Fish Week at the Farmstead house continues! And I’m probs going to confuse a few people with this dish. If you remember yesterday’s post I mentioned that fruits and vegetables that grow together, go together (despite the bizarre-ness of combining sweet fruit with savory dishes). What that means is that all fruits grown within the

Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Shrimp and Blueberry Nuoc Cham

If you remember yesterday’s post, I’ve started to sift through our kitchen pantry in an attempt to jump start packing for our move to Maine. It’s quite amazing how much stuff actually piles up in those dark crevices. But the upside is that I’m scoring a bunch of interesting ingredients that I forgot I had!

Seared Salmon with Lentil Pilaf and Mint Yogurt Sauce

Since returning from our house scouting trip to Maine I became increasingly aware of how much stuff we have. As excited as I am for this next adventure, I am equally dreading the act of packing our house. But it’s happening, hafta do it, so might as well start. And since the kitchen is my

Japanese Ceviche with Baked Lotus Root Chips

Ceviche has to be one of my favorite go-to meals during the warmer Spring and Summer months. Because it is a 100% “raw” preparation meal, I not only get more time to enjoy the outdoors but I dont have to turn on the stove/oven when the temps are already uncomfortably warm in the house. AND

Green Tea Poached Fish with Carrot-Ginger Sauce

I remember first discovering how versatile, complex, and exciting food could truly be. I was amazed when I first tried a dish similar to this Green Tea Poached Fish with Carrot-Ginger Sauce. Poaching a protein in anything other than stock was so foreign to me at the time and yet, when I learned about this

Halibut with Gooseberry Agrodolce and Millet

I learned so much from my short time in culinary school (more on that backstory later). Shockingly, very little had to do with food! Since I already worked in the industry for several years, the food stuff wasn’t as foreign to me as it was for others. There were, however, a couple concepts that I

Corn Gazpacho with Seared Scallops and Harissa

Scallops and corn go together like peas and carrots. And I cant think of a recipe that epitomizes early summer vibes more than this recipe for corn gazpacho with scallops and harissa. OK so it may not feel like summer where you are (it’s been dark and rainy for at least 2 weeks here) but

Maple Mustard Salmon with Lentils and Wilted Greens

My wife and I are blessed with a great group of friends and this weekend we had the pleasure of hosting a little dinner party. I spent all week planning the meal, shopping and prepping the ingredients. The day of was spent in the kitchen as well! Not that I minded, obviously- I feel most

Paleo Jerk Turkey Leg with Coleslaw and Sweet Potato

Ok I definitely understand that, outside of Thanksgiving, turkey has a pretty bad rap. I suppose it’s arguably not that great during the holidays either. Unless its drenched in gravy, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce turkey seems to be more for show than for it’s taste. But trust me, this Paleo Jerk Turkey Leg recipe

Lamb and Spring Vegetable Panzanella with Mint Zhoug

In case you didn’t know, I love bread. I love making it almost as much as I love eating it. So you better believe that when given the chance, I’m going to try and incorporate it in as many meals as I can. Which is why this Lamb and Spring Vegetable Panzanella with Mint Zhoug

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

New Orleans Creole Shrimp with Maque Choux

Is it possible to love a city without ever visiting? While there is much debate about which cities are the best in the country, I’d argue that New Orleans has to be one of the top. And yes, I feel confident saying that even though I’ve never been… yet. I mean, it’s not difficult to

Grilled Whole Fish With Red Curry and Coconut

Welp, apparently the entire US is battling some sort of end-of-winter type storm right now but the gradual rise in warm spring temps has sparked all kinds of excitement for the upcoming seasons. Spring and summer are looking to be very busy (and fun!) for my family! But between planning birthday parties, going to soccer

Pork with Yellow Romesco and Rainbow Vegetables

Welp, its finnnnallllyyy feeling like spring, the crocuses are starting to bloom, and I’m almostttt over this nasty cold I’ve been battling for what seems like years. And the produce! You guys, have you seen the colors in the market lately? It means its almost Farmers Market season too so you better believe my inspiration

Roasted Moroccan Chicken with Carrot Top Pesto Couscous

I never thought I’d “grow up” to be a traditionalist. Sure, we had rituals when I was younger (cinnamon rolls on Thanksgiving, church on Easter, watermelon seed spitting contests on 4th of July…). But for the longest time, I thought my life was far from the Sunday-night-Roasted-Chicken-dinner kinda life. However, it wasn’t a surprising revelation-

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

Slow Cooker Carnitas with Homemade Tortillas

I have a confession. I’m a bit of a taco snob. Having grown up in parts of California where Mexican food was just about as good (and authentic) as it is in Mexico, I developed a taco palate that prevents me from enjoying just any taco thrown my way. The filling needs to smack me

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

Paleo Shrimp Pad Thai with Zucchini Noodles

Ok so I get that it’s Friday and having a healthy bowl of veggies in your shrimp pad thai is maybe not what your stomach had in mind. But we’re literally days away from Spring (thank goodness!)…. which means lots of spring vegetables….. which also means beach season..? (I dont know, I dont particularly care