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 ...
Italian Rainbow Cookies
I know cookies. So, when I post a recipe, you can be sure it is a winner. I have so ...
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 ...
Zeppole for St. Joesph’s Day
I'm not Italian. Not a drop. But I have worked with some incredible (one might even say iconic) Italian cooks, ...
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 ...
Lemon Meringue Cake
When winter has dug in its heels, it is time to enjoy citrus desserts. My family had a lemon tree ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Chicken Savoy is a popular dish at many Italian restaurants in my area. How popular? There are people who call ...
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 ...
“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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
Concord Grape Pie
What is it about autumn that makes people think of pie? Apple, pumpkin, and mincemeat are the Thanksgiving triumvirate. (Although ...
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 ...
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 ...
I have been baking professionally for a long time. How long? Let's just say that when I started, my age ...
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 ...
Sachertorte has been famous almost since its conception almost 200 years ago. It made its inventor so famous that he ...
Seeded Bread Twists
When I was a caterer, I learned one of the most important rules of setting up a buffet table: Tall ...
Homemade Potato Rolls
(Photo by Ben Fink.) During the holiday season, even those of us who already love cooking seem to expend a ...
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 ...
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 ...
Manhattan Clam Chowder
At the request of my buddy Guy Bower (I love being on his radio show at KNSS AM Wichita), here ...
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 ...
Cherries Jubilee for Your Mad Men Party
On March 25, the long awaited (and long delayed) Season Five premiere of Mad Men will occur, and many fans ...