French Onion Soup Dumplings

The Famous French Onion Soup Dumplings

(Photo Credit: Quentin Bacon) This is the dish that made Chris Santos famous. The longtime judge on CHOPPED is known ...
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Italian Rainbow Cookies

I know cookies.  So, when I post a recipe, you can be sure it is a winner.  I have so ...
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Spicy Wings for Super Bowl

No one has ever accused me of being a sports fan.  I'm the guy in the group who could care ...
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Zeppole for St. Joseph’s Day

I'm not Italian. Not a drop. But I have worked with some incredible (one might even say iconic) Italian cooks, ...
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Tommy Bahama’s Famous Piña Colada Cake

Photo by Peden + Monk. Recipe from FLAVORS OF ALOHA, available only at Tommy Bahama stores, restaurants, and www.tommybahama.com. My ...
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Lemon Meringue Cake

When winter has dug in its heels, it is time to enjoy citrus desserts.  My family had a lemon tree ...
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Salt-n-Pepa’s The Ultimate Super Bowl Spinach Dip

You may think that calling ANYTHING "the ultimate" is just hyperbole.  Nope.  How do I know? Personal experience.  This was ...
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Limoncello Pound Cake from Frankie Avalon

The Frankie Avalon Italian Family Cookbook (which I cowrote with a man who can truly be called an American show ...
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Moist and Cakey Cornbread with Fresh Corn

I often swap (swipe?) recipes with (from?) my dear friend Beth Hensperger, who has written almost as many recipes as ...
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Berry Meringue Slices

It's been over a dozen years since I first had this perfect summer dessert while researching my KAFFEEHAUS book in Vienna ...
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Portuguese Pork and Garlic

I am the human equivalent of a mutt, with roots in Hawaii, Portugal, Ireland, and...Liechtenstein. Each branch of the family ...
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Chicken Savoy

Chicken Savoy is a popular dish at many Italian restaurants in my area.  How popular? There are people who call ...
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Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding

When you have lemons, make lemonade. When you have beautiful, fresh-off-the-farm, golden yolked eggs with gorgeous, naturally hued, make…rice pudding ...
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Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding

When you have lemons, make lemonade. When you have beautiful, fresh-off-the-farm, golden yolked eggs with gorgeous, naturally hued, make…rice pudding ...
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“Divorced” Sicilian Pizza

Mixing culinary metaphors isn’t really my thing, and I like my cooking straight-up authentic (and tasty).  But, last night I ...
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Easter Meat and Cheese Pie

Here's another Italian specialty that I've learned to make in the last few years.  It is meat and cheese pie, ...
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From-Scratch Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole

I belong to a Facebook group of cookbook lovers.  Recently, someone there started a post about making green bean casserole--the ...
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Bourbon Gravy 101 with Video

(Recipe from THE BIG BOOK OF SIDES; photo by Ben Fink.) I have shared my recipe for making perfect gravy ...
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Concord Grape Pie

What is it about autumn that makes people think of pie?  Apple, pumpkin, and mincemeat are the Thanksgiving triumvirate. (Although ...
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Lemon Sweet Potatoes with Meringue Topping

Lemon Sweet Potatoes with Meringue Topping

(Recipe from The Big Book of Sides, published by Ballantine Books.  Photo by Ben Fink.) Every autumn, I hear heated ...
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Stuffed Artichokes with Romano and Oregano

Stuffed Artichokes with Romano and Oregano

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, artichokes were everywhere--we even had them growing in my grandparents' garden.  There ...
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Chocolate-Orange Macarons

Chocolate-Orange Macarons

I have been baking professionally for a long time.  How long?  Let's just say that when I started, my age ...
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Warm Cheese Strudel with Vanilla Custard

Warm Cheese Strudel with Vanilla Custard

This is one of my very favorite recipes from my book KAFFEEHAUS, which is quite a comment considering the treasure ...
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Viennese Sachertorte

Sachertorte has been famous almost since its conception almost 200 years ago. It made its inventor so famous that he ...
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Seeded Bread Twists

When I was a caterer, I learned one of the most important rules of setting up a buffet table: Tall ...
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Homemade Potato Rolls

Homemade Potato Rolls

(Photo by Ben Fink.) During the holiday season, even those of us who already love cooking seem to expend a ...
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Maple and Bacon

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Maple and Bacon

(Photo by Ben Fink.) It is easy to say: "This is the perfect cold weather side dish."  The truth is ...
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Baked Ham with Pineapple-Mustard Seed Glaze

Baked Ham with Pineapple-Mustard Seed Glaze

Whether you are planning a buffet or a sit-down dinner, baked ham is a great main course.  I have created ...
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Manhattan Clam Chowder

Manhattan Clam Chowder

At the request of my buddy Guy Bower (I love being on his radio show at KNSS AM Wichita), here ...
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The Perfect Manhattan Cocktail

The Perfect Manhattan Cocktail

The Manhattan is a retro cocktail that is re-establishing itself.  It has long been one of my favorites, but in ...
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