Crunchy Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

"Rustic Taters" I'm not a big potato fan, or "potatoe" if youre Dan Quayle. They're usually not very flavorful. Plus, they're really time and temperature sensitive, with a very narrow window for cooking them effectively. This recipe, however, brings out the best in potatoes with a crunchy texture and herbal and aromatic nuances. Plus, the …

The Best Cauliflower Recipe

"A Vegetable Everyone Loves" Cauliflower is the Rodney Dangerfield of the veggie world. It often cooks up dry, tough and flavorless, causing the kitchen to smell like dirty socks for a week. That being said, this recipe is an exception to the personification and my father states in our family cookbook that this is his …

Fresh Summer Salad with Orzo, Tomato & Basil

"Fresh as a Summer Breeze" In the middle of a hot summer, the last thing you want to do is light up the stove or oven. To the rescue comes this fresh summer orzo salad. It's best prepared in the morning while the kitchen is still cool. Plus sitting in the fridge all day melds …

Beef Bourguignon

AKA "Christmas in Paris (kinda!)" My father Edward love to serve this dish on Christmas day with their dinner table surrounded by all our family. The original recipe comes from the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, with a couple updates. It's a pretty intense meal, preparation wise, as you'll see from the instructions. That's why we …

Braised Pot Roast with Vegetables

AKA "Crank Up the Stove!" If it's weekend and it's raining you can almost count on this being on the stove. It's not so much the actual serving of the meal, but the aroma throughout the whole house that makes this such a great rainy-day meal. Plus this is another one-pot meal; so cleanup is …