Author: Christa DeMercurio

Asian Kale Chicken Salad

Asian Kale & Herb Salad

New to our salad repertoire is a kale salad laden with fresh herbs. This was designed for our chef demonstration at our local Saturday Farmer’s Market on July 4th weekend, utilizing that day’s market available produce. Fresh and light, this salad is full of bright flavors with an Asian influence. […]

Bread and Butter Pickles Rceipe

Bread and Butter Pickles

When a recipe is handed down from person to person to person, you know it’s a keeper. This recipe came from a neighbor, to my dad, to me, then to my husband, who then used them in his restaurants on the burger menu. This is a simple recipe for preparing […]

Culinarily Yours

Keeping Count

When making cherries jubilee for multiple guests, I want to be able to provide the same amount of cherries in each serving. The question then becomes, how many cherries do I have on hand to be divided between the guests? By looking at the picture above, I could easily tell […]

Cheesecake Carr Fire Scholarship Dinner

Cooking with Doni

Well, we did it! Dinner for 8 is in the books! If you’re a local reader, you are all too aware of the Carr Fire that raged through the west side of our city six months ago. That never ending night of Thursday, July 26th brought our entire community to […]

Cabbage to the Rescue

Chef Husband: “I picked up some corned beef to make Reubens. Do we have any sauerkraut in the fridge?” Mrs. Chef: “No, but we have cabbage and I can make a quick kraut!” After a year of learning at the side of my skilled and experienced husband, I can absolutely […]

Taking a Waldorf Salad in a New Direction

I was having a hankering for a classic wintry salad, the Waldorf. I gathered together my apples and celery, but oops, no walnuts were on hand. Not a total game changer, but it opened up the possibility of taking the salad in a slightly different direction. Chef Husband brought to […]

Pasta 1-2-3

Part of my apprenticeship, has been learning how to run the lunch program for our son’s school. During the previous school year, I shadowed Chef Husband in the kitchen. That experience is what precisely prompted me to start learning more about how he does things as a professional chef. This […]

Baggie Bowls

I have always fought with zipper bags, trying to scoop things into them, and then having whatever wet sticky mess I was trying to put in, left behind all over the zipper and on the outside of the bag. Well no more! A little trick I learned from Chef Husband […]