Chios Chicken Thighs

I love grilling marinated meats. I hate disposing of marinades, it just feels wasteful. So I made a marinade that's mostly dry, with big chunks of ...

Steamed Mussels

My wife, Lisa, and I like mussels a lot, especially when we’re having friends over. It’s a very social meal, best eaten with the pot in the center ...

Roasted Butterflied Chicken

Crisp, flavorful brown skin over juicy meat is the mark of a good roast chicken. My technique of butterflying the chicken before roasting ensures b...

Texas Chili

My wife is from Texas, the land of chili (with no beans). I love making it for her and we almost always have some frozen for a quick dinner when we...

Corned Beef Pot au Feu

Here's my take on corned beef and cabbage. I add a few broiled soup bones to enrich the broth, and cook the vegetables after the beef to ensure the...

Crunchy Fried Potato Gratin Cubes

The only thing better than a potato gratin is one fried crisp at the edges. When you let the cut sides of compressed cubes sizzle in fat, all the l...

Potato Gratin

This gratin is kind of French. It has the requisite butter, milk, and cream, but I use onions too—a debated addition—and, of course, spices. To inf...

Roasted Whole Fish

Whole fish are easy enough for a child to make—I know because that’s when I first cooked one. After fishing with my dad, I’d stuff the trout we cau...

Onions Monégasque

This agrodolce (sweet and sour) dish from Monaco is an ideal accompaniment to cheeses, roasted meats and poultry, and breads, and are also a delici...

White Beans with Charred Spinach

These braised white beans are the most flavorful white beans you’ll ever taste. Spices penetrate the beans while they cook in a liquid infused with...

French Country Vegetable Soup

I like to sauté vegetables with spices before adding them to water to make soup. Concentrating the sweetness of the vegetables by sautéing them g...

Chicken Murphy

The first time I had this dish was in a restaurant in Clifton, New Jersey. My wife and I were on our way to see her mom in Pennsylvania and we stum...