Thai Curried Bass with Black Rice and Winter Squash

These days I’m all about the easy meals. Which is funny because finally, for the first time in my life, I have way more time to prep for dinner. Or so it seems. Long story short: I am now (mostly) a stay at home mom. Aside from working part time as a pastry consultant (and

Pumpkin Pancakes

(Guilt-Free) Pumpkin Pancakes

If you’ve been following me lately (thank you!) I’m sure you’ve noticed the semi abrupt absence I took recently. It’s been… quite a month, to say the least. But I’m so excited to be back, and just in time for pumpkin season!! And don’t worry, these guilt free pumpkin pancakes are simple to make and

Jungle Curry

Jungle Curry

Alrighty folks, its go time! For those following along at home, it’s cake week! And by that I mean I will elbow deep in buttercream and cake batter as I prep for my cousin’s wedding cake! We are t-minus 7 days away from the destination wedding in Florida. Which means I have 4 days 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??)

Warm French Chicken Salad

Warm French Chicken Salad

Welp, I hate to break it to you but we thought it was time to take a little break from Fish Week. The heat in the kitchen (and outside) was starting to clash with the constant aroma of fish. So we decided to head to France… by way of this Warm French Chicken Salad.

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

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

Poached Chicken with Honey-Mustard Chicken Skin

This dish is all about the chicken skin. It’s a highly sought after snack in my house. I’ve heard the skin can be a major point of contention in others. Family wars have been fought over Thanksgiving turkey skin (not proven but sounds legit, right?). And let’s be honest, no matter what your dietary preferences

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

Low Carb Lomo Saltado: A Weeknight Dinner Hack

This low carb lomo saltado dish is easy. Like ridiculously easy. Like it should be illegal how easy it is considering how much flavor is packed into every bite. I forgot how delicious lomo saltado was until this week and now I’m making it all the time!

Chicken Saag with Tomato Raita and Lemon Rice

I really started falling in love with Indian curries about 6 years ago. I wasn’t exposed to it growing up so when my boss asked me to create more Indian-inspired dishes I was slightly paralyzed with ignorance. But once I educated myself about the cuisine, I was amazed at how complex and beautiful Indian food

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

Green Mole Chicken with Black Bean-Zucchini Salad

You guys, there are exciting things happening in the Farmstead Table house! Without going into too much detail yet, know that the upcoming change of scenery will be well documented here! Until then, a quick and tasty meal is necessary to keep our excitement (and now detailed planning) going strong. This Green Mole Chicken with

Honey Chipotle Chicken with Mango Salad and Feijoada

My family (especially the munchkin) has been all about the chicken lately. I know its typically not the most exciting protein to work with but I actually think its one of the more versatile ingredients out there. It’s the perfect blank canvas for all kinds of spices and techniques, making it a perfect protein for

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

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

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

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

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

Why I Left The Restaurant Industry

I used to be a restaurant chef. I hated it. Not because it wasn’t fulfilling…. It was. I actually thrived in it. It was hot, fast-paced, and loud. And I loved it. I was able to overcome the chaos and dive deep within myself to find clarity, peace, and creativity. I was nicknamed “ninja” because

Whiskey and Browned Butter Pecan Pie

I may have said it before, but one of the reasons I grew up wanting to be a chef was because of the memory-triggering power of food. One bite of a favorite food and you’re instantly transported to your childhood, your first date with your husband or wife, the first Thanksgiving you ever cooked yourself,

Cranberry Chutney

Raise your hand if you have a soft spot for canned cranberry sauce. I do! But even though my inner child tends to crave the canned stuff every year, I always make sure to have a homemade cranberry component to my Thanksgiving table as well. This particular cranberry chutney recipe acts like more of a

“Green Bean Casserole”

As much as we look forward to that glistening, golden turkey every Thanksgiving, I’m sure we can all admit that the real stars of the big show are those side dishes. I’m almost certain that 80% of my calorie intake that day comes from side dishes. Year after year, its those pesky sides that make

Pumpkin Seed and Mandarin Pesto

One of the reasons I love Thanksgiving so much is because of all of the nostalgia that’s wrapped up in one delicious menu — stuffing that my grandfather made, my Grandma’s gravy, that traditional green bean casserole, my in-laws’ sweet potato casserole, or an old family friend’s cranberry sauce. Not only is Thanksgiving a day to enjoy the

Homemade Applesauce

Can’t decide between pumpkin, pecan, and apple pie this Thanksgiving? Why don’t you sneak the best part of apple pie onto the dinner table instead of trying to cram it onto the dessert table? Making homemade applesauce is not only easy but tastes wayyyyy better than anything you’d find in the grocery store. Plus you

Turkey Day 911

  With less than two weeks until Thanksgiving, I’m sure you’re all just as excited as I have been to plan that turkey day menu. As a chef, this is my Super Bowl. A no-holds-barred marathon of food preparation, consumption, and then sleep….lots and lots of sleep. But as excited as we all get for

Hard Pumpkin Cider and Sage Bread

I love bread. Well, I actually love all baked goods but honestly, is there anything better than homemade bread? The only problem with making bread from scratch is that it usually takes hours, or even days, to make. And even if you follow the recipe exactly, bread ingredients are so fickle and the procedures are so intricate

Mulled Wine Biscotti

Apparently as soon as the weather dropped below 65°, I went into full holiday baking mode. These past few weeks have been taken over by my former pastry chef life… and I love it! Thanks to nostalgia, I feel the need to be in the kitchen baking nearly every day. Recently I was inspired to come

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Chip Cookie Adult Milkshake

Congratulations! It’s Friday and I think you deserve an extra special treat to get the weekend started. This recipe was created after a bottle of salted caramel Kahlua went untouched after it was used to make my grandma’s 90th birthday cake (yes, that’s right — Grammy rocked out her 90th with a Kahlua soaked chocolate cake.

Homemade Pomegranate Ricotta Cheese

What do guacamole, jelly beans, sourdough bread, and cheese have in common? Basically nothing except I am literally rendered helpless when those foods are placed in front of me. Self-control goes out the window and I become a face-shoveling fiend. They are my kryptonite. But do you know what makes it even worse? When the food

Homemade Chicken Stock

Now that you’ve roasted the most delicious whole chicken and carved it to perfection, don’t be so quick to throw the bones in the trash. Even after you’ve wished upon that wish bone, the leftover bones are the beginning of many tasty soups, stews, and sauces… in the form of chicken stock, that is. Chicken stock

How To Carve A Whole Chicken

Carving a bird at the dinner table has been a role of great prestige in my family. I remember watching my grandpa cut into the turkey every Thanksgiving with the biggest smile on his face as he stood and cracked jokes with the family crammed around the table. And my dad always took pride as he

How To Truss A Chicken

Trussing a chicken can be a daunting yet one of the most important aspects of preparing a roasted chicken. Once you’ve mastered the technique, however, it makes the whole experience a seemingly easy and tasty one. A properly trussed chicken ensures an even cook throughout the whole bird while making it a beautiful centerpiece for the

Roasted Chicken

For my family, weekend activities range from hikes, day trips, and mini vacations to chores and cuddles in front of movies. But wherever the weekend takes us, we always like to close it out with a comforting and warm meal together. For us, the classic roasted chicken is our go-to most Sunday nights. And with cold

(The Best) Chocolate Chip Cookies

After my daughter was born I made it a goal of mine to perfect a bunch of classic recipes that I can share with her when she is older. I am determined to have the best pancake recipe for those early Sunday mornings when she and I are the only two people up. I want to send her to

Roasted Fall Vegetable Salad with Sage-Brined Chicken

Now that fall has officially started, I’m diving in deep to all of my favorite fall foods. I was able to put down my pumpkin butter long enough to enjoy the fall produce at our local farmers market and came home with my favorite squash: delicata! The delicata squash has a sweet, nutty taste very similar

Pumpkin Butter

As of yesterday, it is officially fall… which means it’s officially pumpkin season! And while the thermometer outside our Northern California home suggests otherwise, I’m ready to gear up for sweater weather and warm spices. One culinary must of mine at the beginning of the season is making pumpkin butter. It’s super easy to make, lasts for weeks

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries with Aioli

To me, a burger isn’t complete without a side of sweet potato fries. And as much as I wish I could eat the fried version every week, I wanted a baked version that was just as tasty. Unfortunately, as I’m sure some of you have discovered, “crispy” and “baked” are not synonymous with sweet potato

“Gourmet” Weekday Dinner

Ok, bear with me… This one is a doozy, but I promise it’s worth it… I may be a professional chef by day, but coming home after working all day in a kitchen to make dinner can feel quite daunting. Despite my lack of energy, I always strive to cook a fresh meal for my family. They