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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Sushi Burrito Recipe with Chicken and Vegetables

I’m always looking for new and creative ways to get a great tasting meal on the table for my family.  When prepping my weekly menus it often starts with a stroll through the frozen food aisle.  Whether it be chicken tenders, French fries, veggies, or full meals, I lean on the frozen food aisle big time for meals.  While I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface with all of the amazing food in the frozen food aisle, I have found some gems that I continue to go back to, like InnovAsian.  My daughter is obsessed with Chinese food, so…

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Frozen Watermelon Margarita Recipe

Check out this delicious easy to make Frozen Watermelon Margarita Recipe using Mike’s Hard Watermelon Lemonade! Save Print Frozen Watermelon Margarita Recipe Author: Chef Billy Parisi Recipe type: drinks   Check out this delicious easy to make Frozen Watermelon Margarita Recipe using Mike’s Hard Watermelon Lemonade! Ingredients ½ small watermelon, peeled 12 ounce bottle of Mike’s Hard Watermelon Lemonade 4 ounces of tequila 2 ounces of Cointreau juice of 1 lime 2 cups of ice lime juice watermelon or pink sugar watermelon and lime wedges for garnish Instructions Place the watermelon, Mike’s Hard Watermelon Lemonade, tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and ice into…

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Savory Tart with Sweet Potatoes and Goat Cheese in Honey Wheat Crust

I’ve developed a huge passion for baking the past few years.  Whether it’s making homemade bread, a cake, a pie, or even simple cookies, I’ve fallen in love with baking.  Believe it or not I actually went to culinary school some 17 years ago (dang I’m getting old) to be a pastry chef.  I quickly discovered at the tender age of 18 that I definitely did not have the patience it took to be a pastry chef.  I’m not about to wait all day for a cake to cook and completely cool before icing it. HECK NO!!  So I knew…

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