Meat On The Side Cookbook

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I am a chef, TV host, cookbook author, blogger, radio host, professional voice over artist and terrace gardener. I cook mostly "Meat on the Side" which makes veggies the star of the plate. 

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    Creamed Spinach Garlic Bread



    Sure, you could have regular old garlic bread.


    Yes, it is warm, garlicky, and of course, buttery.





    But why not throw some creamed spinach into the mix, creating a garlic bread with a creamy, spicy base that also gives you a Popeye’s dose of spinach?!



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    Brown Butter Arugula Pesto



    I’ve been obsessed with traditional basil pesto for a very long time.






    When I first tried it I was at a point in my life when green things still made me feel a little queasy--but once I closed my eyes and took a bite, I realized how crazy flavorful and addicting pesto can be.



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    Ricotta with Chili Honey




    Ok, time to come clean, everyone has done it, I’m talking about that time that you took a store bought cake, pie or appetizer, gussied it up a bit and passed it off as your own.





    Hey, we don’t all have the time to make a 6 layer cake to bring to Thanksgiving! And sometimes, even when you do, your beautiful creation doesn't make it through the cab ride to your in-laws, and by the time it reaches the dessert table it an official #FoodFail (I only cried a little)



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    Egg In A Squash Hole



    Some chefs will tell you that presentation is everything.





    Well that’s not exactly true, though yes, we eat with our eyes first, it’s really all about the taste.


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    Shepherd's Pie Stuffed Baked Potatoes



    For almost a decade I bartended and ran a bar here in NYC.





    It was a pub: casual, relaxed and the kind of place that welcomed you as much on a Saturday night as it did on a Tuesday afternoon.


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    Sausage Stuffing Stuffed Brussels Sprouts



    My family is big on Brussels sprouts for Thanksgiving (along with a laundry list of other must-haves, we like to eat).





    So as the one normally in charge of anything veggie, I often find myself elbow deep in Brussels sprouts come November.


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    Chili Stuffed Portobella



    Game day in our house is always a good day. I’m usually pretty into football, but when the game loses its energy with endless penalties or Eli has thrown his 5th interception, that’s the perfect time to whip up some game day food.





    Though I love my Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls or Mozzarella Sticks, when we are talking game day dinner, we are talking chili!


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    Spicy Asian Noodle Soup Bowls with Pickled Cucumbers



    NYC really does have it all: there are over 300 restaurants that will deliver food directly to my apartment, I can enjoy a glass of Sancerre al fresco 50 stories up, and most importantly, I can get bone broth in a coffee cup from a to-go window in the East Village.





    It’s a place called Brodo and they make long cooked, rich and comforting broth with fun additions like roasted garlic and turmeric.



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    Breakfast Nachos with Eggs, Cheese + Beef



    First, in my book Meat On The Side, I put cabbage on your nachos.





    Now, I’m putting eggs on them, you got a problem with that?


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    Pea Threaded Pasta


    Since I’m normally coming up with new and hopefully inventive recipes, there are definitely times in my kitchen where things don’t turn out quite as I expected.







    And then there are the times that you put a pea on uncooked pasta, throw it in boiling water and instead of it falling apart, the pea and pasta fuse together for one insanely cute dish. 


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