Octopus!

Octopus is one of my favorite things. Not only is it a beautifully graceful sea creature it’s also (when cooked right) a delicious protein served hot or cold. I always poach my octopus in a well seasoned broth with the addition of a few corks. Not sure if this wives tale really works but it’s […]

Poached pear!

I’m a dessert fan but I don’t like super sweet desserts. For this yummy dessert of poached pear with coco whipped cream, candies oat crumble and reduced apple juice I kept it pretty simple. The pear was poached in apple juice (no added sugar). The whipped cream is simply coco powder and a little sugar […]

CULINARIA The Caribbean

CULINARIA has been my favorite go to cook book for years. It’s so much more than a cookbook, more like an encyclopedia to the worlds culinary landscape. Everything from alcohol to deserts are covered regionally in each book be it France or Russia. I own many and The Caribbean is the latest to add to […]

Friends cooking for Chef!

On a recent trip to New Orleans Oksana and I were blessed to be served THE most delicious shrimp I’ve ever had in my life! Friends Gino and Dawn Kalkanoglu took us to a local outdoor seafood market and purchased 4lbs of awesome 13/15 [#indicates the amount per lb]shrimp (probably a hours out of the […]

Riesling poached scallop over Parsnip puree and puff pastry with blueberry compote.

Roasted GA Peach with pine nut brittle @ SSC.

Cook Books.

Menu Design This is an old book my mom and I found at Accapella Books in Atlanta. Basically a visual display of old menus from restaurants to airliners. Great coffee table book. Good luck finding it though.

Cook Books!

Wagamama Cookbook Wagamama is a very cool and smart restaurant that was ahead of its time in 1999 when I visited it, I can only imagine where they are today. If you ever have the opportunity to dine there, do so! This cookbook touches on a few of their great Asian tastes with recipes easy […]

Flavor Excursions #17 Seafood; Unusual suspects

Amuse Bouche Smoked Moon Fish Brussel Sprout with pork belly and tomato water Course 1 Crab and Duck crab gumbo with sticky rice and roasted duck Course 2 Tuna and Chicken fried chicken marinated tuna with mung bean kimchi Course 3 Seafood Sausage and Chorizo seafood sausage and chorizo relish with white bean puree and […]

Hope Lodge

So recently I had a great opportunity to help volunteer at the Hope Lodge. The Winn Dixe Hope Lodge is a facility designed to make patients being treated for cancer at Emory Hospital feel more comfortable and home like. This is truly a peaceful environment out doing some fine hotels I’ve visited. This was a […]