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…

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…

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 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…

Spicy Chicken Sausage and Lentil Stew

This stew was a big hit with my friends and clients! You got to give this recipe a try. You will love it too! Ingredients: 1 small bag dry lentils 1 package habanero green chili chicken sausage (4 links) 1 green bell pepper 1 white onion 4 garlic 2 tsp fennel seed 2 tsp coriander…

Veggie Stew with Spicy Italian Sausage

A refreshing and flavorful stew that will you warm and full of comfort! Ingredients: box of chopped tomatoes (or can) 1 pkg spicy italian sausage 4 – 6 yukon gold potatoes 2 ribs of celery 3 carrots 1 small white onion 4 garlic cloves 1 cup frozen corn 1 tsp fennel seed 2 tsp fresh…

Carne Guisada

I cooked up this idea in my cute little head and it was quite tasty. It all started with a giant pack of stew meat I picked up from Costco and trying to figure out what to do with ALL that meat!