Vodka Pineapple 🍸 🍍

There is a great steak house in Washington, DC that I have probably spent way too much time at that sits blocks from the U.S. Capitol and they are known for a signature drink that can really warm a person up, so to speak.  It’s simple to make but you have to plan three days…

Italian 🇮🇹 Fondue

When guests walk in the door its important to be ready and first up is a drink, once that is in their hands there should be at least one hors d’ouvere ready soon after they arrive.   You want to bring this out when most of your guests have arrived as it has a 20…

Crostini

Easy and simple, do not get store-bought as they are dry, old and tired.  I think for just about every meal we prepare at least one batch of crostini toasts. Ingredients 1 hard crusted baguette from your bakery or if your supermarket has the capacity to make artisan breads.  Chain supermarkets usually make a loaf…

Charcuteri, Burrata and Crostini

After a summer of tomatoes and burrata what do you do?  Replace the tomatoes with freshly sliced prosciutto and crostini toasts.  It’s a well received,  hearty and cold weather starter for any dinner or cocktail party.  If you seriously think people want to head over to your house for a party and be greeted with…

Scallops wrapped in bacon 🌊

A great appetizer for a large gathering of people and it is easy to make.  Make sure your scallops are fresh as the ones brought back from the high seas are kept in a sort-of chemical solution in the bottom of the boat for an extended period of time. Ingredients 30 medium scallops 1 1/2…

Pearl Coussous w/ Feta and Blistered Jalapeno Peppers

This is a great side-dish for just about anything and has a nice kick to it.  It is very easy to make and has always been a big hit. Ingredients 2 cups of Rice Select, Tri-colored Pearl Couscous if you can find it, If not, regular pearl couscous will do.  I but them in bulk…

🐔 Chicken Stock

This is the key to so many recipes, I make gallons of chicken stock and store it in the freezer.  The difference between home-made and store-bought is striking and I really cannot imagine the process to make chicken stock by a commercial manufacturer.   Not pretty. Use the biggest stockpot you have.  I use an…

🐄 Bone-in Rib-Eyes

I think a rib-eyes is the most flavorful steak that there is to grill.  I serve it medium-rare and well seasoned with kosher salt and pepper.  Stop right there there is nothing else you need to do to this beauty. Ingredients Four 2 inch thick bone-in rib eyes Kosher salt Freshly ground pepper Equipment Grille…

Chilled Lobster with tarragon/ basil butter

Everyone loves a little lobster, well actually, they like a lot of lobster.  I grew up in New England so have seen every variation of this dish possible.   Watching people attack this red beast after it was boiled, grilled, broiled or poached is not so pleasant and it so bothered my parents they would…

🍅 Tomato & Burrata Salad 🐄

This is a no brainer, especially if you have a great farmer’s market near your house.  When it’s tomato season there are so many options but my favorite is the simplicity of a dish to show off the true flavors of the tomato.  So the heart of this dish is a ripe juicy tomato and…

Mac ‘n 🧀 Cheese

  There are all kinds of way to make Mac ‘n Cheese, including our 🌍 World Famous Lobster Chowda Mac ‘n Cheese that I made for Edible DC when they came over for a day of cooking.  That is a lot of work and usually for special occasions, Christmas Parties and just about any big event at…

🌭 Hot Dogs & Cabernet 🍷

Never underestimate a tasty grilled hot dog dinner.  But you have to have a top of the line wieners so go hunt down your local butcher and see if they make their own.  If this is the case they it’s perfect for a casual after work BBQ.  I call the events Hot Dogs and Cabernet…