Fuyu Persimmon, Little Gem Lettuces & Kefir Ranch Dressing

Fuyu Persimmon & Little Gem Lettuces with Labneh Kefir Ranch Dressing

On January 6, 2015 2 Comments
In Fruits, Recipes, Vegetables

Did I mention that my new favorite ingredient is Labneh?  The thick kefir based strained tangy yogurt (some say soft cheese) that is mega delicious and packed with… Read More »

Pomegranate Swordfish with Romanesco & Couscous

Pomegranate Swordfish with Romanesco Couscous & Labneh Dill Sauce

On December 31, 2014 2 Comments
In Fish, Recipes

I create recipes for five Mediterranean restaurants that are Persian inspired so it only makes sense that our cuisine reflects that influence. The flavors of Iran are exciting… Read More »

Persimmon Cake

Persimmon Upside Down Spice Cake

On December 22, 2014 3 Comments
In Fruits, Recipes, Sweet Pastry

Is there any Winter fruit more beautiful than Persimmon? Especially the Hachiya persimmons; the heart-shaped flame colored fruit hangs heavy on thin black branches with giant hot copper… Read More »

Truffled Crab & Celeriac Soup

Truffled Celeriac Soup with Dungeness Crab & Romanesco

On December 19, 2014 1 Comment
In Fish, Recipes

For a root that looks like a large baseball dusted with dirt, celeriac sure is rich tasting. Celeriac’s flavor is reminiscent of cream-of-celery soup straight out of a… Read More »

Radicchio and Cara Cara Blood Orange Salad

Blood Orange & Castelfranco Radicchio Winter Salad

On December 16, 2014 7 Comments
In Fruits, Recipes, Vegetables

How totally snobby does this salad sound: Cara Cara Blood Orange & Radicchio Variegato di Castelfranco Salad? I would burst out laughing if I saw that actually printed… Read More »

Pan Seared Flounder

Pan Seared Fluke with Warm Wild Mushroom & Lentil Salad, Sunchoke Smear & Lardon

On December 15, 2014 0 Comments
In Fish, Recipes

Oh how I WISH that I had stayed current with my blog over the last 8 months, but alas I’ve been so busy with 5 restaurants that weekly… Read More »


Hami Melon & Avocado Salad

On September 7, 2014 4 Comments
In Chef Stories, Faz, Fruits, Recipes, Vegetables

Hami melon is my latest and greatest discovery of the summer. It’s sweet & salty like cantaloup. Crisp & juicy like watermelon. And refreshing and delicate in color… Read More »

Baklava at Faz Restaurants

Cooking with the Legendary Chef Faz

On August 10, 2014 9 Comments
In Chef Stories, Faz

No, I’m not drowning in some self-afflicted pool of despair – that is not why I haven’t posted in eons. Quite the opposite, I am now the Executive Corporate… Read More »

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Cooking Classes at Pie Ranch!

On April 29, 2014 2 Comments
In Uncategorized

Are you interested in cooking organic just-picked produce and preparing local and sustainable meat & fish in a farm setting? NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! Come cook with me… Read More »

Rosé poached salmon, lemony Parmesan Cream, Pommes Anna

Rosé Poached Salmon, Lemony Parmesan Cream & Pommes Anna

On April 21, 2014 11 Comments
In Fish, Recipes, Vegetables

I missed posting this for Easter – good thing Mother’s Day is right around the corner! How about rosé wine poached salmon infused with herbs and sauced with… Read More »