Osso bucco Milanese

Slow braised meats are my favorite type of dish, and the osso bucco is a classic comfort dish – particularly good for the cold winter nights. I first learned my osso bucco from the Terra cookbook and I recently had a “refresher” at the Culinary Institute of America bootcamp.

Technique: Bacon wrapped meat roulade

I learned this technique from the Sierra Mar cook book of Craig von Foester and I have been using it for years now. It works well with any lean meat – poultry, veal, venison, rabbit, or lean pork. The bacon gives lean meats much needed juiciness and smokiness.

Stuffed quail

This dish takes a while to make – mostly because you have to stuff each quail, tie it and roll it in bacon. But it is sumptuous and surprising to dinner guests because you don’t get to taste quail that often.

The perfect steak

Often times the simplest things are the most difficult to do right, and such is the case with steak. It is so easy to ruin a perfect piece of meat, and for the longest time I had given up on cooking steak at home…Until I discovered pan-frying steak.