The pizza scene in Downtown Las Vegas reminds me of Brooklyn. It has a lot of great pizza within walking distance of Fremont Street. Check out these four spots around downtown. My advice is to start with Pop Up Pizza and end over at Good Pie.

Butternut Squash Puree (Gluten-Free)

This squash puree is a simple side with not a lot of active work but it takes some time to bake the squash. Make this the day before you plan to serve it. It will taste better the next day as a leftover. Yield: 2 cups of squash puree Ingredients:Whole butternut squash weighing the equivalent…

Summer In Spain Part 2

The morning sun shining through the small windows at the top of the room served as a wake-up call for my first day. I was still wrapped in the blanket someone had laid on me just four hours ago. Sleep had not come easy and there wasn’t much of it, so getting out of bed…

Chipotle Bacon Potato Salad

If you’re looking for a different type of potato salad with a kick then this is it. It balances heat, salt and acidity with a creamy texture.

Summer in Spain Part 1

After three years of cooking in Manhattan I was done. Burned out by seventy to eighty hour work weeks, the World Trade Center disaster and a relationship destroyed by tragedy. Not really knowing what to do, I just went home, quickly finding a job at a small local restaurant in the Santa Maria valley After…

Potato Chip Omelette

This is a variation of the Tortilla Española. A thick Spanish omelette traditionally made with potatoes poached in olive oil. It’s often served at room temperature and cut into small pieces for appetizers. Substituting potato chips for the olive oil poached potatoes offers a quick and tasty shortcut. There are countless ingredients that can go into this omelette or just slice it into large pieces and eat it with bacon.

Hummus with Rosemary Poached Lemons (Vegan and gluten-free)

Both the hummus and the lemons should be made the day before so the ingredients have time to come together.  See the recipe notes below for garnishing ideas and a note on the ingredients. Yield: an appetizer for 8 adults Ingredients: 1 medium lemon, sliced 1/8 inch thick and seeds removed 3/4 cup sugar 3/4…

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower

This recipe can easily be made vegan by just omitting the cream Yield: a side dish for three adults Ingredients: 1 head of cauliflower cut into 2 inch florets, about 4 to 5 cups of florets 1/2 cup heavy cream 2 1/2 Tbsp, extra virgin olive oil 1 large clove of garlic, cut into thirds…

Clam Chowder (Gluten-Free)

Even if you’re not practicing a gluten-free lifestyle this is still a great soup. Because it uses a pure starch like cornstarch you get a cleaner flavor and texture.