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Create delicious and easy gourmet recipes at home with Chef Billy Parisi. From classic side dishes to holiday entrées, discover a gourmet recipe today.

Smoked Chicken Greens Salad with Zucchini and Cilantro Lime Dressing

There are two things that I’ve really enjoyed preparing over the last year, making homemade bread and smoking food, see this smoked chicken recipe.  Making bread is therapeutic and delicious, smoking is time consuming and delicious :-).  I’ve only been smoking food for the last few years and up onto that point I didn’t have a ton of experience with it.  A lot of people just assume because I’m classically trained and logged a decade and a half in the restaurant industry that I know everything there I to know about all cuisines.  Sorry to pop that bubble but most…

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Easy Falafel Sandwich Recipe with Lentils and Cucumber Salsa

I remember the first time I had falafel and thinking what odd flavors of ingredients am I eating?  I was in my teens so my palette hadn’t quite developed yet even thought I was already in the restaurant industry.  I never attempted to make falafel for some years later and when I did it I was blown away at how easy it was to make and how simple the ingredients were.  While making it I immediately remembered when I ate it for the first time several years prior and thinking why on earth did I think it was something crazy. …

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Taco Salad Recipe with Chicken and Avocado Lime Dressing

When coming up with this recipe all I could think about was that weird taco salad rendition that you would get in elementary school from the cafeteria.  Truth be told it was my second favorite day of the month behind pizza day J.  Fast forward 25 years I decided to make my own, un-inspired from what I used to eat back in the day lol.  Don’t get me wrong, the classic tortilla shell with iceberg lettuce, ground beef, salsa, cheese and avocado is super good, especially if you’re craving some grease while trying to be healthy, yes I know the…

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How to make a Homemade Smoked Salmon Platter Recipe

I can’t tell you how many time people I don’t know, and do know, throw out the accusation that I know about some specific food, or ethnic dish, or cooking technique because I’m a chef and went to culinary school.  I understand why they would think that but to clarify, there isn’t a single chef in the world that knows everything about the culinary world.  It’s impossible!  I know absolutely nothing about Somali cuisine, or food from Kazakhstan, or foods and ingredients from Greenland.  Literally I know what I know and I try to learn from there.  One of my…

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Three Different Homemade Pizza Recipes with No Knead Pizza Crust

People often ask me what my favorite food is and much to their surprise I always say, “pizza.”  I think because they know I’m a chef that I would be saying things like foie gras, or duck, or something a typical foodie would like.  I’m actually pretty simple and easy to please when it comes to eating food rather than cooking it.  I mean I touch, smell and look at food all day, and often times at the end of the day I don’t want what I just cooked.  I had this same issue while I was in the restaurant…

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Braised Lamb Shanks Recipe with Parmesan Risotto

I have always said that lamb and duck are hands down my favorite proteins of all time, and because they are it of course means I don’t get to eat them too often.  My wife isn’t too adventurous when it comes to eating foods that are a little different from the norm, and she especially won’t eat lamb or duck.  However, when it’s holiday season I usually get to make just about whatever I want.  For instance, I made smoked turkeys for Thanksgiving, which is definitely a little different than the norm, and the whole family was totally ok with…

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Easy Carrot Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

Hands down my favorite dessert recipe of all time is carrot cake.  The wonderful combination of slightly sweet and savory with the delicious butter and cream cheese frosting is the most magnificent flavors of all time.  I know you may think I’m crazy for thinking carrot cake is the best, but to me it’s the cream of the crop in the dessert world.  The carrot cake I remember was when I was a line cook at a country club back in St. Louis where it was cooked in a deep sheet tray, iced and then served as a square.  Now…

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Spicy Baked Salmon Fajitas Recipe with Roasted Peppers and Onions

There is nothing better than eating a great tasting meal with friends and family, and with minimal clean-up.  I’m a huge fan of the 1 pan meal not only because I love roasted food but also because it allows me spend more time with my family and less time scrubbing dishes.  Because I love these 1 pan meals, I need them to be a little bigger so that I can fit a lot of food in them, like the 12” Stainless Steel Casserole Pan from American Kitchen Cookware that I used in this Spicy Baked Salmon Fajitas Recipe with Roasted…

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