Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Figgy Chicken




This recipe is short on time and long in flavor.  This has some of my favorite flavor combinations in one meal...caramelized onions, fig, goat cheese and chicken....delish!  Try it now and I bet you will make it a staple in your repertoire!
 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes


Happy Mother's Day!  If you want to make something for your favorite Mother in your life, or if you want to make the perfect breakfast that will make anyone call you Daddy, this is the dish for you!  Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.  No three words have ever sounded or tasted better!  My wife Samantha and I first had these at the Shutters on the Beach hotel in Santa Monica and have drooled over them ever since!  Hands down, these are the specialty pancakes Samantha asks for whenever there is a special occasion breakfast coming up.
 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mexican Quinoa Salad


It helps to have friends in all the right places!  For me, that is my friend Anamaria.  Anamaria was born in Peru and visits her family as much as possible and always has such great stories to tell from her travels.  Whenever she goes back I ask her to post pictures of the amazing cuisine and landscapes from her travels.  I'm grateful that she often sends me a little treat from her trips to have a "taste" of her native Peru when she comes back.  Usually, it's the coffee chocolates that are to die for and that I hide from my kids.  This time, she sent me that as well as a bag full of Black Quinoa!  Black is her favorite and it is quickly becoming mine!  I knew I wanted to make a latin infused salad with it but wasn't quite sure about the combination until today.  Check it out, I will definitely be making this again and again!  And it keeps my wife Samantha's personal trainer happy too because it's healthy!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Chipotle Chicken, Bacon and Corn Chowda

Yes, I'm giving this divine bowl of heaven a name with a Boston accent because it contains all the goodness of home!  Welcome to my Chipotle Chicken, Bacon and Corn Chowda!

Cheese...good....Chicken....good....Corn....good....Bacon.....Damn good!

Last night was a chilly brisk night (ok, it was 65 degrees, but we live in California so that was brisk for us, go with it!) and therefore the perfect night for soup!  I wanted something warm and stew like that has all the comfort food feeling to it but with a kick!  Ok, I'll tell you the version I made definitely has a kick!  While I'm an Italian wannabe, I think I must have some Mexican in me as well because this was definitely caliente!  I will give you the recipe as I made it with a less spicy option if you are serving those with a milder palate!  Either way, it is delicious!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Go Back For Seconds Chili!

Ok, first let me state that this recipe is heavily influenced by Jamie Deen's Award Winning Chili recipe.  I've added a few twists and turns of my own to make it the best chili I have ever tasted, I say humbly!  I love my chili to be hearty, and meaty, with lots of flavor and spice and that you can tell has been simmering for hours.  This deliciousness hits all the check boxes on that list and really delivers a punch!  I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does and that it becomes your "go to" chili recipe moving forward!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Robert's Asian Wings

 
While these are not from Kentucky Fried Chicken, they are certainly finger lickin' good!  In fact, my oldest son Nicolas is proud of the fact that he can down 10 of these quite easily!  My youngest son Benjamin claims these are packed with a punch of flavor!  I love my boys, have I mentioned that before?  And not just because they love my wings!  I have played with this recipe and have come down to what I consider the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.  I hope you enjoy as much as we do!

Weekend Breakfast Scramble

Anyone that knows me knows that I am all about a good delicious breakfast!  I often make this Weekend Breakfast Scramble, number one because it is delicious, and number two because you can add all sorts of delicious leftover veggies and/or meats from the last few days and make yourself a delicious breakfast (maybe I should have called it Kitchen Sink Scramble??)!  You can make it vegetarian style using all fresh herbs and veggies, a meat lovers style with bacon and sausage, Mexican with chilies and tomatoes, whatever you want, go crazy and experiment!  For today, I'm going meat lover slash Mexicana....mmm, I already ate this earlier today and my mouth is watering thinking about it again!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Positano Positively Delicious Cream Cake!

This could also be called, Limoncello Cream Cake, but my title is more fun to say and a more accurate description!  This is definitely one of those make ahead desserts that is completely worth the wait and that will have your guests begging for the recipe!  It is 100% pure moist deliciousness...and did I mention it has Limoncello in it?!  Not just in it, but in EVERY layer and molecule!  Starts with a cake soaked bottom layer, topped with a dense mousse layer and finished with a creamy whipped topping layer, all laced with the Amalfi Coasts golden elixir!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Healthy Veggie Soup

Ciao Amici's!  It has been faaaar too long since my last post!  I feel like I need to explain, or as Ricky Ricardo would say, "I have a lot of splainin' to do!"....while I do not typically make New Years resolutions, I do like to start the New Year off healthy.  So, for 2014, I wanted to start the year off right by following what I call a detox diet.  Basically, it was a few weeks of no fats, no carbs, no sugars, no alcohol, no food combining, NO FUN!!!  It's good though, and I am happy I did it, because it cleans your system and recalibrates everything.  Particularly if perhaps you overindulged during the holidays.  Nobody I know of course did that....I'm just saying that's the idea.  Why are you looking at me like that?!  Hey!  What happens in December, stays in December!

Moving on...that diet is Ovah! so I promise the posts and recipes are back!!!  Since I am coming off the detox diet, I wanted to have my first post of 2014 be something healthy.  Don't worry fellow Foodies, I will make up this healthy post by some comfort food posts in the near future!  This is one of my favorite light soups that can be made with the miscellaneous veggies in your fridge!  It is light, it is healthy, and it is delicious!