Chicken with black truffle sauce

Winter is truffle season, and  this dish is a celebration of truffles. They can turn a mundane ingredient such as chicken into something special and festive.

White truffle gravy

Ok, this is definitely not your grandmother’s gravy. Hedonistic, decadent or 1% doesn’t even begin to describe this recipe… because you are not just shaving half an ounce of white truffles on top of something but you are using a whole pound of solid white truffles for the base of the gravy. Both the recipes…

Thanksgiving turkey

Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday – I fell in love with it ever since the first time I celebrated it in Mechanicsburg, PA in 1991. When it comes to the Thanksgiving dinner, I am a traditionalist, so the turkey I make is, well, very, very traditional.

Coq au vin

Slowly braised stews are my favorite kind of dish, and fall / winter is the season for them. Coq au vin is a French bistro classic – it is both be homey and comforting, and sophisticated. Stews are best a day old. If serving at a dinner party – you can cook it the day…

Squab glazed with port reduction with creamy polenta

Squab is one of my favorite meats – it is dark and a little bit gamey, and because these birds are so small – it cooks quickly. Like other game, squab goes well with sweet sauces – and in this case I made my favorite port reduction that has been already featured in previous posts:…

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.

Brussels sprout salad with sun-dried tomatoes, almonds and feta

I copied / reverse engineered this recipe from one of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco – L’Ardoise where Chef Clement serves it with goat cheese and Balsamic reduction. My version pays homage to Bulgaria with the feta cheese. This is a perfect winter salad when your choices of fresh produce are limited. The almonds give…