Archive for January, 2008

Tune In!

January 29, 2008

Hi everyone…

It’s still raining here in the Bay Area!  If you are caught in the rain, I hope you are staying warm, dry and enjoying a great, homemade soup!

If you have the time, tune in to Live with Regis and Kelly tomorrow morning (Wednesday, January 30) to see me prepare some fun Superbowl-inspired recipes.  Check your local listings or the link below for more information…see you in the morning! 



Rain, Rain, Go Away

January 23, 2008

Hi everyone!

I know we need the precipitation out here in sunny California but it sure does seem like its been raining for weeks!  Actually, its beautiful…the air is so crisp and clean.  The snow level is down really low right now and I can see snow on the top of Mt. Tamalpais…pretty cool!

Last week, I got to spend some time cooking with my good friend Joey Altman, host of the James Beard Award winning show, Bay Cafe.  Last Spring, Joey and I auctioned off a dinner package for 12 people at the San Francisco Taste of the Nation event put on by Share Our Strength and we reconvened this past weekend for the prize dinner. Thanks so much to Susan Sangiacomo for being the winning bidder and helping to fight hunger!  Joey and I put together a great menu…take a look:

Tuna Tartare on Potato Chips
Warm Brie Crostini with Fig Chutney and Prosciutto
Hay Roasted Porcini Mushrooms with Celery Root Puree

Soup Course
Cauliflower Soup with Truffle, Parmesan Croutons and Pancetta

Pasta Course
Roast Duck Cannelloni with Porcini Marsala Sauce

Lamb Course
Roasted Saddle of Lamb with Salsa Verde and Honey Roasted Roots

Dessert Course
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Roasted Persimmons and Crème Fraiche

The event went off without a hitch and again, thanks to Susan and her family and friends for their support of Share Our Strength!

And for those of you who watched Tyler’s Ultimate: Lasagna this past weekend, please know that we have made contact with the Food Network about the incorrect recipe that was listed online and it is being fixed…thanks for all of your comments.

So, next week we will have some news to share with you all and I look forward to telling you all about my new projects.  Until then…keep on cookin’!



January 11, 2008

Hi everybody!

While this is a bit of a diversion from my usual blogs, I just wanted to point out that there’s a lot of political action in my home state of South Carolina right now.  There’s a lot of talk around the country about people with names, like Hillary, Barack and Mitt, but I’ve got my money on a guy named JOE…see below: 



Happy New Year

January 9, 2008


I hope you all had a great holiday season and got to take a bit of a break. The holidays are so much fun and in my mind, a really important part of building memories with your friends and family. There’s never a better time to get together and enjoy food, wine and lying on the couch!

We were very busy out here in California and a great time was had by all. Everyday I get to spend with my boys, Miles and Hayden, is not only a blessing, but an adventure. From heated head-to-head video game sessions to NBA games (Go Warriors!), there was never a dull moment. Hayden’s got two new teeth coming in so he did a lot of teething, gnawing and making funny noises. I’m not sure he got the whole Santa thing, but I’m sure he will soon enough!

Tolan and I had Christmas dinner over at our house with the whole family and it was fantastic. It is so much fun to get into the kitchen and just go, go, go until everyone is full. Here’s a sampling of our Christmas Day dishes:

Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder
Sweet Potato-Banana Gratin
Slow Braised Brisket
White Asparagus with Black Truffles (A FABULOUS gift from Tolan!)

So, I guess its time for us all to get back to work and into the swing of things again. I’m looking forward to a fantastic 2008 and hope to see a lot of you in the coming year! I’ll leave you with this picture of the family…enjoy!



The Florences