• Soupe à l’oignon Gratinée…

    …just a fancy way to say French Onion Soup. Anybody who knows me knows I don’t put a great deal of stock in culinary schools. I’ve earned the right to think that way. I graduated from arguably one of the finest in the world. I’ve also had students from my alma mater and dozens of …

  • Lady Apples, I Hope

    There are some things you never outgrow, loves that are with you from childhood. Anything from Star Wars action figures to a warm ocean breeze. One of my life long loves has been apples. I grew up in Chester County, about 30 miles west of Philadelphia, the mushroom capital of Pennsylvania. As well as being …

  • Butternut Squash Soup, Walnut Salad

    Originally Posted: 09 Sept 2009 09:55 PM PDT Autumn is easily my favorite season, from a personal standpoint. Professionally, I love Spring for the bounty of short seasoned vegetables like fava beans, leeks, nettles, morels, green garlic and peas. These are the items I wait patiently for, items I plan my menus around and I …

  • My Beautiful Hazelnut Tart

    Originally Posted: 10 Oct 2009 12:59 AM PDT I find it amazing that so many people enjoy the fall as much as I do. I don’t know whether it is the change in temperature, the seasonal change in colors or the anticipation that the holiday season is getting closer which means more time with friends …