Recipe: Kuku Quick

Recipe: Kuku Quick

Ingredients: 4 cups of mixed herbs (usually chives, parsley, dill) 6 eggs 1 onion 1/2 cup walnuts 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon shwarma seasoning olive oil   Instructions: Heat oven to 375. Heat oil in an oven proof pan like your favorite cast iron. Pulse herbs in the food processor, stems, too! Place in bowl, add seasoning, salt, and baking powder. Dice onion, and add to warmed pan with the walnuts. Sweat the onions until soft, making sure walnuts don’t burn. Add…

Recipe: Apfelkuchen Apple Cake

Recipe: Apfelkuchen Apple Cake

In Germany, Apple Cake (apfelkuchen) is the equivalent of a batch of brownies in the US. Making it is an act of love and memories. Click here to read about my recent trip to Germany where I discovered food and family, and find out what makes this recipe so special! Ingredients: 3 medium apples 1/2 lemon 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 9 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 large eggs 1 1/2 cups…

Recipe: Chili con Carne

Recipe: Chili con Carne

There is so much excitement about Yes, Chef! Culinary Events’s new, private facility in North Buckhead, but our hearts are with Texas… The images and stories are devastating, but we know Texans are strong, neighborly, and hospitable. Without a doubt they will face the challenges ahead of them with courage. From culinary trend setting Austin to the seafood of Corpus Christi, I am reminded of the diversity of Texas’ people, and their ability to blend cultures together. To help those affected by the…

Recipe: Vegan Corn Smash & Corn, Tomato, and Zucchini Salad

Recipe: Vegan Corn Smash & Corn, Tomato, and Zucchini Salad

When I was growing up, we had a farm in Indiana, and I remember hot days working in the garden with my mom and sister. Although pulling weeds is not a fond memory, the tall rows of sweet corn certainly are! Those memories seem closest to me this time of year. Maybe it’s the abundance of sweet, yellow corn or seeing the growth in my own, small garden. Every time I go to the market, I can’t resist buying corn. It seems to…

Recipe: Cheese Bread

Recipe: Cheese Bread

School is out! Or almost out if you live above the Mason-Dixon line. I know the last thing kids want to think about is being in a class room. When you are a chef, you never stop learning, and will jump at the chance to learn something new or further your skills. A few weeks ago, I spent a week at King Arthur Flour learning from the pros. I started as a baker, but had not concentrated on it in years. It was…

Recipe: Beet-Dyed Deviled Eggs

Recipe: Beet-Dyed Deviled Eggs

I love it when worlds collide! It’s the feeling of amazement when you randomly run into an old friend at a random locale to holidays coinciding. In my culinary world, it’s the fun of Thanksgiving and Hanukah falling on the same day or when Passover and Easter overlap. My goal is to always find ways that we are more similar than different. The humble egg makes its presence known as an important symbol in both traditions. This simple, yet visually stunning, recipe can…

Recipe: Salted Butter Break Ups

Recipe: Salted Butter Break Ups

This delicious recipe is a Dorie Greenspan classic – it’s great for Christmas eve or New Year’s Day open house! Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup sugar 3/4 to 1 teaspoon sel gris (see above) or kosher salt 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon (9 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into 18 pieces 3 to 5 tablespoons cold water 1 egg yolk, for the glaze   Instructions: Put the flour, sugar and salt in the work bowl of a food processor and…

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Noodle Kugel

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Noodle Kugel

While I was making my traditional rum-soaked apricot noodle kugel this year, I was inspired to jump onto the pumpkin spice band wagon. Since you can never have enough kugel this time of year, I made both. Enjoy!     Ingredients: 12 oz wide egg noodles 16 oz cream cheese, softened (2 bars) 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup maple syrup 2 cups sour cream 6 large eggs, lightly beaten 2 cans pumpkin 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted 1/4 tsp salt 1 teaspoon pumpkin…

Recipe: Sesame Butter Espresso and Dark Chocolate Bites

Recipe: Sesame Butter Espresso and Dark Chocolate Bites

I already know your first question: What is Sesame Butter? Haven’t you heard? It’s the latest and greatest! Better than almond or cashew butter. Nah! I’m just messing with you… it’s tahini! I LOVE tahini in every form: sauces, dressings, homemade hummus, shmeared on bread or just out of the jar. This summer my local Costco offered organic tahini, and I went wild. There was a constant production of dried garbanzos soaking on the stove combined with the whir of the food processor…