The Chef

What you all should be familiar with. Recipes, tips and stories from my past life in the kitchen, and my current life as the cook of the house.

 

Shot Glass S’mores

Happy National S’mores Day!! I had original plans to celebrate this day, but thanks to a surprise mailer full of fall goodness from Wilton (Pumpkin Spice Candy Melts!), I decided to put in the extra effort and do something else. And if you know anything about me, it’s that I lack any type of coordination to make even one post for a food holiday. Let alone two. The timing at which these posts are going out …

Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies

Conquistador So I started thinking, and I couldn’t remember the last time I made cookies. I remember strawberry, nutella & balsamic reduction empanadas, and an obscene amount of key lime brownies. But not cookies. With being out of the cookie game for so long (yes there’s a cookie game, and I didn’t choose it, it chose me), I wondered if I still had it in me. Then, more importantly, I wondered if I even had anything to bake …

Mango Salsa

Summer! …Summer is here, right? It better be because it’s pretty hot out there. It could be just as hot here as it is in Florida but I wouldn’t complain. I’d be able to find solace in the fact that the heat will only last a few short months rather than 10 straight months with a cool breeze the other 2. And speaking of a few short months… I just wanted to make everyone aware …

Key Lime Brownies

Boom There are no words that can truly express the pure and utter joy I currently have. Not because we won the lotto or anything trivial like that. But because I can finally post these brownies.Let me tell you the story that led to this glorious moment. It all started when I was trying to think of something to do for my friends at Wilton. It had been a while since I posted for the …

Modern Blueberry Tarts

Oh, plans. I’m not very good with planning. See, the original plan was to celebrate the 4th season of Game of Thrones by posting a recipe from the official food blog, Inn at the Crossroads, every week during the season’s duration. I even went as far as getting permission and a thumbs up from the awesome Chelsea M-C, the co-author of the blog; and the official cookbook, might I add. The plan was ballsy for …

Strawberry, Nutella & Balsamic Reduction Empanadas

Counting Stars Look!! Food!!! It’s been a while, let me see if I remember how to do this.. I know it’s been a long time, but if you recall, I was/am on a diet. Weight Watchers to be exact. While I’m already a chiseled hunk of man, I could still benefit from losing a few. Between starting it around March and today, I’ve lost 20 pounds! I’d say that’s alright considering I haven’t included any …

Bread and Salt & The Sacred Law of Hospitality

The Rains of Castamere ‘String Quartet’ Happy Game of Thrones Day Week! I know, I know.. I’m a few days late and I missed all the premier viewing parties, but season 4 just started! You have 9 more weeks to make this and share it with guests! If you’re not sure what I’m talking about and you don’t watch Game of Thrones, season 4 premiered last night and there is plenty cause for celebration! If you …

The Ambassador’s Dirty Shamrocks

Lucky Strike I know, I hardly ever do recipes that coincide with holidays or special occasions. Well, except for Pi Day a couple of days ago… And fall. I love doing fall inspired recipes. Spring too, now that I mention seaso-ok, fine, I rather enjoy posting recipes that go with certain times and days. But this is different. It’s an actual holiday, and those I don’t usually do – until now. Some of you may …

Restaurant Review Section | Mrs. Lovett’s Pie Shop on Fleet Street

  A Little Priest Happy Pi Day everyone!! I really hope you enjoyed this because I enjoyed writing it & putting it together! I found the Mrs. Lovett’s Pies poster but I made the Pirelli poster.. that’s how into it I was!  The pie is so freaking good, probably the best meat pie I’ve made. I’m sure Mrs. Lovett would be proud. I’ve been wanting to do a Sweeney Todd/meat pie post for a while, …