Cioppino Stew

Cioppino Stew is my fish monger’s favorite. And, since he gets fresh fish almost everyday it’s really easy for me to make! When making Cioppino Stew, I strongly suggest going to a fish market you trust. Before I had my very own monger at home, I got to know the seafood department very well. I…

Easter Lamb Stew

Since I had to work at 5:30am, Easter Sunday. I decided if I was going to cook dinner it had to be something that required very little work. That’s where the good old Crockpot always comes in handy! When I got home from work I tossed some lamb shoulder a can of fire roasted tomatoes…

Vegan Winter Stew

On cold winter days I find this soup perfect to warm the body but not too heavy when there is still lots of work to be done. You will get all the nutrients you need to keep your body fueled and full of energy. I had some leftover veggies from my farmers market shopping trip….

Pumpkin Chowder

I called this stew a chowder because of it’s rich creamy thick broth. Traditionally chowders are made with heavy cream and have chunks of seafood. The most common being clam chowder. Nowadays there are many creative versions of chowder recipes and I’m adding one more to the clan! My Pumpkin Chowder is a rich and…

Chicken Verde Tortilla Soup

Ingredients: 4 Chicken Thighs (on the bone) 4 Corn Tortillas 3 stalks of celery 1-2 Mexican Squash (or zucchini) 1 Poblano Pepper 4 Cloves of Garlic 1 Red Onion 6 cups Chicken Stock Tomatillo Sauce Sour Cream Cilantro Heat dutch oven over high heat. When pot is hot drizzle with olive oil to coat the…

Rich and Hearty Beef Stew

Every now and then I screw up a dish or meal I’m preparing. I did that on Christmas-eve with a filet mignon roast I had picked up on sale at the market. I’m not a big fan of roasts but I figured it was filet mignon surely I can work with it. I couldn’t and…

JJ’s Minestrone Soup

Every week or two I do a little inventory on what’s in the pantry and fridge so I can restock and cook whatever I have left from catering jobs or video shoots. One of the best, yet easiest things to cook when cleaning out the fridge is Minestrone Soup. It’s never an exact science. Use…

JJ’s Super Power Chili

I’ve been told this Chili will change you forever. It will make you stronger and more loving and make you feel like you’ve lived four extra lifetimes in distance times and places. Now that’s some Chili with super powers! Ingredients: 3 tbs chili powder 1 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp cayenne…

Monkfish Chowder

This soup is incredibly delicious! A rich, velvety pot of pure love and comfort. When in need of some food love, you gotta give this a try! I used monkfish because I like the rich flavor and firm texture. It holds up perfectly in this chowder. Monkfish has been referred to as the poor mans lobster…

JJ’s New Years Black-Eyed Peas and Lentils

Whether it’s superstition or tradition, I always make a pot of black-eyed peas for New Years. I did it a little different this year and decided to add other cultures superstitions. Italians eat lentils for New Years, symbolizing money and good fortune. In the south we eat black-eyed peas, symbolizing good luck and prosperity. I…

Napa Cabbage Soup

My friend, Arcella, has been trying to get sick just so she can have some of my homemade soup! I usually make my delicious Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup for sick friends but Arcella said she was craving cabbage soup. I said, no problem girl! I’ll make you some cabbage soup! I personal love cabbage soup…

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Whenever family or friends are feeling under weather, I like to whip up a batch of this Chicken Noodle Soup. Pressed for time? Try using rotisserie chicken. Pull the meat from the bones and set meat aside. Use the bones in a homemade stock.    Ingredients: 6 cups chicken stock (preferably homemade), 1/2 package egg noodles,…