Final Days in the Kitchen

Well, we are coming to a close on my time cooking in restaurants. I only have 6 more shifts working back of the house before I start the journey full time with photography. It is a little bittersweet because I have spent almost my entire career cooking in restaurants, it is a very large part…

Cream of Broccoli Soup with Crispy Shallots

Who’s excited to see some of photos I took of the snow storm this weekend in Portland! Holy smokes! That’s a lot of snow! Unfortunately I took this in Buffalo 4 years ago. The storm for downtown Portland has been a no show so far. I mainly think it’s because I have been off all…

Finding Progress

Batten down the hatches! Stock up on provisions! Stow your carry on luggage underneath the seat in front of you or in an overhead bin! Portland is expected to get 4-12″ of snow this weekend so get ready to shut down the city! The first thought that went through my head when Abby told me…

Moving and Accepting Rejection

As a lot of you know Abby and I will be moving to Buffalo next month. Moving to a different city no matter what the distance has its challenges. Where to live, what to do for work, how many chicken finger subs I should limit myself to each week, you know, all the important things….

Blog Update and Future

Gee wiz its been a whole heck of a lot of time since my last post. I have been majorly slacking on coming up with new recipes to post. Mainly because its been an interesting couple of months in terms of photography and what directions I have been looking at. I think one of the…

Potato and Leek Soup with Fried Leeks

Potato and Leek Soup:                                                  Yields: 2 QT 3 C Leeks (Small Dice) 5 C Yukon Gold Potatoes (Peeled / Small Dice) 64 oz Chicken Stock 1/2 C Heavy Cream Salt TT…

Roasted Butternut Squash Fettuccine with Goat Cheese

Had some left over butternut squash from Thanksgiving so I made a bechamel sauce with it and made pasta for the first time ever. I know, what kind of Sicilian am I? I am very happy with the outcome though. For this recipe I’ll include the pasta recipe and sauce. Butternut Squash Bechamel:     …

Black and Blue Alfredo

I am starting to develop some recipes for River House Dressing. They are quite tasty and I have been enjoying the opportunity to mess around with some ideas using their 5 flavors they provide. So you’ll be seeing some new recipe posts using their product! Here is one of the first ones, using their Blue…

Tomato and Roasted Piquillo Bisque with Sun Dried Tomato Focaccia

I’m not really sure who actually reads this part of the recipe blog. Honestly I mostly write it so the thumbnail doesn’t look all weird. So for reading it I’ll reward you with an interesting fact. Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it…

Togarashi Flat Iron Steak

Made up a quick steak rub for dinner and it was pretty good so I wanted to share it with everyone. If you have never used togarashi before you can probably find it at some grocery stores or most Asian markets should carry it. Togarashi is a spice mix usually consisting of nori, orange zest, chile…