The Missing Ingredient

    I watched my children grow up at the same time as I observed the evolution of my own understanding of our agricultural heritage. At the time, I was driving the cuisine of my two restaurants, Heartbeat Restaurant in NYC and

Sautéed Mushrooms with Caramelized Shallots and Pork Belly

    This is one of those dishes that will haunt you when it’s been too long since you’ve eaten it. Use any kind of mushrooms and witness how the pork belly or bacon and caramelized shallots marry with their earthiness. You might

Fiery Tofu Quesadilla

    Our Fiery Veggie Chili was inspired by to flavors of the southwest, and my favorite country singer/song-writer, Willie Nelson. We affectionately refer to it as “Willie’s Chili.”  Already a complete protein because of the

Roasted Heirloom Squash with Sea Salt and Local Honey

  Squash takes just about any kind of heat. When you cook it as I do here, the flesh dehydrates a little and turns meaty, so all it needs is a little drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of salt. Squash is forgiving no matter how you cook it, but only

The Sustainable Pantry

  Most of today’s home cooks aren’t aware of the benefits of setting aside a block of time – perhaps 2 or 3 hours on a weekend afternoon – to cook ahead and make it easier to prepare quick meals for the coming week. Not only can this be enjoyable
Arancini

Brown Rice Arancini with Chunky Tomato Sauce

  Arancini is traditionally made with arborio, which is a white rice. Brown rice is so much healthier and has a wonderful al dente texture that feels more satisfying as a meal solution. Forming the Arancini around a cube of fresh mozzarella provides

Huevos Rancheros with Sweet Potato Salsa

  If you’ve been lucky enough to have a good huevos rancheros for breakfast, you know two things: one is that it’s an amazing way to start your day, and the other is that it tends to be pretty heavy and perceived as unhealthful because of the

Peach and Fennel Slaw

    When you want a side with more texture and weight than a typical lettuce salad, try this incredible fennel slaw made with summer's freshest, juiciest peaches. You can use any other stone fruit with the fennel, which provides the crunch

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Salsify, Chestnuts and Ham

  Fall arrived with a vengeance, and so did my yearning for sweet potato. Throwing back to my Dressing Room days when we did sweet potato gnocchi with all kinds of other seasonal goodies. Check this one out. It is absolutely

Seared Wild Salmon with Wilted Greens and Ancient Grains

Salmon loves to be served alongside foods that are more fully flavored than itself. Its soft butteriness calls out for a wilted green with character and strength, along with grains that stand up to both. This is where ancient grains are so wonderful.