Freshly Squeezed Citrus Juice

My meyer lemon tree has been begging me to pick some of her beautiful juicy fruit and Whole Foods had some perfectly sweet blood oranges and tangerines. That was it. That was all I needed for a jar of freshly squeezed citrus juice! Sweetened with a little exotic manuka honey and this is one tasty…

Fish Sandwich

Growing up catholic we would eat fish every Friday during Lent. In catholic school they’d always bring Mc Donald’s fish sandwiches on Fridays during lent. I know…GROSS! But, I was a kid and didn’t know any better. I did develop a love for fish sandwiches, I think probably from this life experience. My love for…

JJ’s Sesame Chicken

Ingredients: 4 boneless skinless chicken breast 3 tSp sesame oil 1/2 cup flour 3 tBs cornstarch 3 tBs ginger powder 3 cups canola oil 2 green bell pepper 2 small yellow or white onion 1 pineapple (if canned use chunky) 2 cups jasmine rice 1 tBs garlic powder 2 cups soyvay teriyaki or soyaki (trader…

JJ’s Picasso Pizza

One of my favorite things to make for my daughter is pizza! We love pizza in my family and making them at home can be lots of fun. The dough becomes a blank canvas and the end results are your very own delicious works of art. Now,being the obsessed foodie that I am, I had…

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…

Cilantro Crusted Halibut Tacos W/Crispy Prosciutto

When I came up with this recipe, I had a few different leftover ingredients from various cooking jobs. I started putting ideas together in my head and got to cooking. What came out of the kitchen were these decadent Cilantro Crusted Fish Tacos! I picked up some Alaskan Halibut on sale at the market but…

Banana Muffins with Coffee Liqueur

Got some extra ripe bananas you’re about to throw out? Well don’t! Peel the bananas and store them in the freezer for later or make these muffins… Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups flour 1/4 cup sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt (a pinch) 1/2 cup half and half 1 egg 1/4 cup canola oil…

My Almost Epic Fail to an Office Full of Geeks

I love geeks but I’m totally intimidated by them too. They’re so smart and cocky and just fabulous! So, I was really excited when my friend asked me to cater lunches for his office. I had to make 21 hot lunches and deliver them to their office. Now, I’m a pretty confident cook. I’ve been…