Caviar service

We fell in love with caviar in the now defunct San Francisco restaurant Jardiniere. It had the best caviar service, and what we do at home is very much an imitation / homage to Jardiniere. Btw, the best caviar service in town is currently at Spruce.

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…