Italian, Seafood

Ok…I’ll admit it, this is an easy way to almost fulfill all the requirements of the Feast of the Seven Fishes with one dish.  But OMG, what great way to do it!!  Originating in San Francisco, this tomato-based seafood stew is traditionally filled with whatever seafood is fresh at the market. Since plenty of seafood is available year-round, we went with […]

Mediterranean Baked Sole

Mediterranean, Seafood

This is a great dish that takes a white fish, Sole, and add the savory flavors of Capers and Olives to give it a rich and savory flavor.  This Mediterranean sole recipe may be simple, but it’s also elegant and incredibly flavorful. Steaming in parchment is an easy and healthy way to cook fish and vegetables. Any white fish will […]

Linguine With Clam Sauce

Italian, Main, Seafood

This is was one of my favorite sauces to make. And this recipe makes for a great stand alone entre’ or a great addition to the Feast of the & Fishes for Christmas Eve.  When it comes to the clams, I prefer to open the clams myself.  I will collect the juice and remove the clam meat, making certain to […]

Shrimp Cocktail


However old-fashioned it may seem, shrimp cocktail is a classic.  It is a great precursor to any meal, or the perfect first course to a multi-course meal such as the Feast of the Seven Fishes that is a Christmas Eve tradition.  I have updated this party standby  with a zesty homemade sauce that packs a flavorful punch thanks to ketchup, […]

Feast of the Seven Fishes


What Is Feast of the Seven Fishes? The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration that brings families together the same way Thanksgiving does with traditions that span generations, decades and oceans. Known in Italy as La Viglia, which translates to The Eve, as in December 24th, Christmas Eve, The Feast of the Seven Fishes isn’t […]

Smoked Chicken Drumsticks

BBQ, Chicken

These are great as main course of a meal but can also be a great heavy appetizer for a party or part of your game day tailgate or party.  These smoked chicken legs have a great smoky flavor infused into the juicy meat with a crispy flavorful skin on the outside.  Having a great pellet smoker like my Camp Chef […]

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Tagine

Main, Moroccan

Winter is a great time to eat squash…and this is a great way to get that done. This dish is so simple and easy to make, which is packed with warm Moroccan flavours. The perfect winter dinner for this time of year. The moroccan spices, are so vibrant and create and explosion in your mouth. This dish is gluten free, […]

DIY – Lox at Home

Appetizer, Breakfast, Seafood

For many American Jews and for many Americans in general, lox is the luscious topping to their Sunday morning bagel and schmear (generous serving of cream cheese). Lox is always made from salmon and is very expensive. In this regard, it is different from many other iconic Jewish foods, like gefilte fish and herring, which are made from ingredients that are easy to acquire and cheap. […]

“Beat the Drums!” Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Chicken, Main

by Kathy McDaniel, Chef Sometimes, ok, a lot of times, I come home and want something with all the prep of take-out, but still healthy.  This is a great solution.  Baked chicken thighs, with some steamed broccoli or asparagus, give me a good healthy meal with plenty of “chewy protein” as my wife likes to call it.  Stock this one […]

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

Main, Pork

Pork chops might seem tricky to get right, but it’s actually pretty simple with a 2-step process of browning the pork chops in the skillet first before baking. With this easy pork chop recipe, we’ll give you step-by-step directions on how to cook boneless pork chops so you can have a delicious dinner on the table in 30 minutes with […]