Comfort Food and Easy Entertaining

As a private chef, caterer and cooking instructor I am often asked "What do you enjoy cooking when you're at home on a weeknight or entertaining guests at your table?" I started this blog to answer that question. Here I will share with all of you the recipes that I find delicious and comforting. Many of the recipes are my own versions of classic dishes, some are contemporary twists on old ideas, and some are discoveries I made while perusing my grandmother’s vast collection of cookbooks dating back to the early 1900’s. Please enjoy these videos. I have also included links to some of the published articles I have written recently. Please feel free to comment here or email me directly with any questions, comments or general thoughts. My email address and information on my catering, private chef and private cooking classes can be found on my website:


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1 lb ham cut into 1/4 cubes
2 lb peeled & deveined shrimp
1 cup onion, finely diced
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
1/2 cup bell pepper, finely chopped (any color)
2-3 cloves finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup green onions, finely chopped
1/2 cup italian parsley, coarsely chopped
1 (28oz) can whole peeled tomatoes
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups rice
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp pepper (to taste)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
About 1/2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup Butter
2 tbsp Oil

In pot with tight fitting lid. Over a Medium-High to High heat, melt butter and oil.
Add onions, celery, pepper, and garlic. Saute for 5-7 minutes or until wilted.
Add ham and saute for 5 minutes. Slightly brown. Stir consistently.
Add tomatoes and green onions. Stir.
Add salt, pepper, tsp of cayenne pepper.
Add rice and water and shrimp. Boil.
At Boil, add half of parsley, reduce to lowest possible simmer. Simmer for 20-25 minutes.