Vietnamese Beef Stew

Lemongrass, ginger, star anise, soy sauce, fish sauce and many more aromatics promise a stew that is layered with flavors—-salty, spicy, pungent, sweet and loaded with umami. I have lots of tricks up my whisk for guaranteeing success. Read on.

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Vietnamese Shaking Beef

Vietnamese Shaking Beef recipe, like all quick stir fries, is easy once you have assembled the ingredients. And this recipe takes few, compared to most stir fries.

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Brined Roast Turkey Breast

If you think of turkey breasts as dry meat that needs gobs of gravy, you probably wouldn't think of roasting a whole breast.  But after trying a slew of different brines, I've finally found a mixture that actually makes the meat moist; plus, it gives it fabulous flavor.  A rolled breast with no bones is also a no brainer to carve and very low in fat. Hopefully I've convinced you to try it.

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Grilled Skirt (Flat Iron, Flank, Flap or Hanger) Steak With Balsamic & Rosemary

Marinating an inexpensive tough cut of beef–easy. Cooking to the right temperature and carving without mutilating are the real secrets to tender, juicy steaks. The right marinade helps, too. 

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Beef Stew with Côtes du Rhône & Balsamic

I have a few tricks up my sleeve to make the most stellar stew imaginable. The first one you will thank me for. 

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Best Bison (Buffalo) Burgers, Bar None

Portobello mushrooms and onions add moisture and flavor to lean bison burgers.

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SPATCHCOCK CORNISH HENS WITH TART CHERRY-ORANGE GLAZE & SAUCE

Practical but elegant still, these hens are butterflied (spatchcocked) and thickly coated with a sweet & tart glaze. They are crispy, sticky and finger-lickin' good.  

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Mexican Chicken Lasagna

This couldn't be easier.  There is absolutely no pre-cooking required--not of the sauce or the noodles. It's terrific for casual entertaining, teens parties, pot lucks and barbecues. It also freezes well. And, of course, it tastes great. What more can you want?

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Steak In a Bag Updated

A recipe from my very first cooking class that became a favorite in my first cookbook, Cookery for Entertaining.  I've updated it from a cheddar crust to adding a crust of pepper, garlic and cheddar.  The steak is still baked in a bag,  but not a paper one.  

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