Category Archives: Signature Dish

Gruyere Grilled Cheese Sandwich w Marinara

Something simple that exemplifies what execution means in cooking. The philosophy of this is completely correct (albeit I think slices are fine):

Prep this marinara as the dipping sauce

French Loaf, medium to thinly sliced (2-4 slices)
Gruyere Cheese
Butter evenly on each slice

Cut into cubes. Keep the crust.

Medium heat.
Add cover so that the cheese melts in the middle.

2 1/2 minutes and flip for 2 1/2 minutes.

Amazingly simple and ungodly good.

Consider: Roasted pear. Thinly sliced sauteed onion.


Tuscan Minnestrone

Serves: 3-4


1 lb. sauteed shrimp or chicken

Satuee cubed chicken on med. to high heat, 2 mins each side.


1 cup carrots (2 carrots)
1 cup onions (1 onion)
½ cup celery (1.5 celery stalk)

In a big pot at medium to high heat

2 Tbs. olive oil
on what was chopped.
5-7 minutes until tender.

2 garlic cloves for 30 secs.

Take off the flame and then…


1 19-oz. can Cannellini Beans, rinsed
1 15-oz can Black beans, rinsed

1 14.5-oz. can chicken (or vegetable) broth
1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
2 Tbsp. Milk (1/2 of 1/4 Cup)
2 Tbsp. Orange Juice
1 Tbsp. Honey

Stir well.  Add more broth to make more soupy.

Back to the flame, heat high to bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium for 5 additional minutes.

Add Chicken, simmer for 2 minutes.
Add Shrimp, simmer for 1 minute.


Ahi Burger (The Zahi Burger)


1 pound fresh tuna steaks, minced
1 carrot, grated
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
2 eggs
1/3 cup tortilla chips
2 Tbs. mozarella
2 tablespoons siracha or until the mixture is slightly red

2 limes, squeezed
1/2 orange, squeezed

garlic salt to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil

Blend above in a a blender.

Squeeze 1 lemon and 1 lime on burger patties after they are prepared

pineapples are a good addition


Wheat Bun
Mayo or Balsamic
Honey Mustard