How to Make a Classic Ratatouille Recipe

One of my first experiences while working as a line cook at the age of 15 at one of my favorite restaurants in St. Louis was making risotto and ratatouille.  They were the staple side items that we often served up to accompany main entrees on the menu.  I remember everything from prepping the zucchini, squash and eggplant to the sautéing of the vegetables and then finishing it off with herbs and cheese and sending it out the door to dining room guests.  I’ll forever cherish those foundational moments of my culinary journey. While my first restaurant experience opened the…

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Farro Dolmades Recipe with Whipped Feta Cheese and Olives

Need a fun appetizer for your next get-together? This’ll wow your guests. Dolmades are a classic appetizer in Greece, served piping hot in gigantic piles for guests to grab. Here in the U.S., they can be a little ho-hum. They’re often packed tightly in little deli containers and taste overwhelmingly of mint. I took these in a different direction, adding lots of fresh flavors while keeping the basic recipe somewhat intact. First on the list is farro! Farro is nutty, a little chewy (in a good way), and adds some great texture and flavor to these little two-bite appetizers. It’s…

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Carrot Jam Crostini with Burrata and Crispy Prosciutto

I love to keep my friends guessing. “What’s in this? This is delicious,” they say as they chug a bright green smoothie. My face forms into a smile as I have them guess the secret ingredient that made it so brightly colored (spinach). I can’t wait for my friends to dig into this one: carrot jam. The flecks of bright orange carrot make it reminiscent of salmon roe (tobiko for all of you sushi fans). But its taste is sweet and citrusy, with a slight hint of earthy carrot flavor. Now I might have you guessing, too, because you’re thinking,…

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No Bake Cheesecake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches

A popsicle on a hot day. A s’more at a campfire. One of mom’s famous cookies on Christmas Eve. Sometimes food is just exactly what we’re craving. Drinks do it too. Cold lemonade after a day working outside in the yard. A glass of wine after never-ending day of work. A flute of sparkling wine to celebrate an anniversary or birthday. On Friday, these cookies were exactly what I was craving. After a long week, they absolutely hit the spot. There’s something so therapeutic about baking cookies. Maybe it’s the nostalgia of baking with mom or grandma, or the incredible…

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Baked Chicken Recipe with Wild Rice and Apples and Plums

Lately I’ve been going back to my culinary roots while in the kitchen and have been rediscovering some of the simple flavors that got me so interested in cooking when I was just a pup.  One of the first things you learn to cook when in the restaurant or in culinary school is a roast chicken.  It’s one of the simplest things you can make but man is it just so good with only few ingredients.  This Baked Chicken recipe literally consists of the whole chicken, cut in half, seasoned with Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper and then baked. …

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Pork Milanese with Spring Kale Salad Recipe

To start off, again it’s good to be back and making Soigne [swan-yay] recipe videos again for you all and I hope you are enjoying them, as well as this one for Pork Milanese with Spring Kale Salad Recipe.  If you missed last week be sure to check out Salmon Recipe with Lemon Butter Sauce, it’s a hit!  In these Soigne videos I’m trying to take super classic dishes, or even classic dishes with my own Chef Billy Parisi twist, and then putting them into super sexy (soigne) videos to show just how easy they are to make.  So many…

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Mini Pineapple Upside Cake Recipe with Homemade Whipped Cream

I’m not going to lie, every time I saw a pineapple upside down cake as a kid it terrified me.  It’s a weird concept right?  You’ve got this tasty cake and then you put this pineapple ring on it and then bake it until its mush.  Sorry dude, it’s weird!  So fast forward about 25 years and I’ve finally gotten the courage to whip up one myself in this Mini Pineapple Upside Cake Recipe with Homemade Whipped Cream.  Super tasty, not soggy and a nice change up from the norm; Hope you dig it too! Any good cake starts with…

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Pan Seared Salmon Recipe with Lemon Butter Sauce

I can’t even tell you how happy I am to be doing this Soigne [swan-yay] videos again.  I loved doing them back a few years ago but dang did I get busy in between then, and honestly just didn’t have the time.  Well, things have chilled out a bit and I’ve re-introduced the series with my bone-in ribeye steak recipe with whisky cream sauce a few weeks ago and am following up with this Pan Seared Salmon Recipe with Lemon Butter Sauce.  I know that these recipes may sound a bit on the elegant side but honestly they are some…

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