Chicken Wings with Kimchi Caramel and Wing Sauce

MAKES 24 WINGS This is a great way to make crispy chicken wings without using a fryer. That keeps it free for the Potpie Fritters (here) and any other goodies…

Crab and Artichoke Dip

SERVES 8 TO 12 This is another family staple. We love to dip and we love crab. Artichokes are actually one of my favorite vegetables, and their presence in the…

Shrimp-Stuffed Mushrooms

MAKES 25 MUSHROOMS Stuffed mushrooms are one of my guilty pleasures. They always seemed to be on the table at parties when I was growing up. This is probably because…

Monketta

SERVES 12 TO 16 Every table has to have a centerpiece, one dish that really wows the crowd. This is that dish. Monkfish is perfect for roasting because it has…

Artichokes Barigoule with Salt Cod

SERVES 8 When you’re trained in classic French technique and work in progressive American restaurants like Aureole in New York City, you learn how to make artichokes à la barigoule.…

Smoked Shrimp and Grits

SERVES 8 TO 10 AS A SIDE DISH In the summertime there’s nothing I like better than boiled shrimp and beer. In the wintertime I re-create that feeling with these…

Whole Roasted Bass and Cranberry Sea Beans

SERVES 8 This is a celebratory dish. I love serving whole roasted fish for a group. It’s a dramatic presentation that draws the eye and encourages people to come forward…

Crispy Oysters with Collard Green Caesar Salad

SERVES 8 TO 10 AS A SIDE DISH People are often surprised to discover that Caesar salad is one of my favorite things to eat. Whenever I go out to…

Squid Bolognese

SERVES 6 TO 8 AS A SIDE DISH On Season 5 of Top Chef Masters, I won a challenge using this Squid Bolognese sauce. We were cooking for four teachers…

Clam Chowder Fritters

SERVES 12 One of my favorite scenes in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was when Violet ate the gum that turned into a three-course meal in her mouth. I love…

Corn Bread Stuffing

SERVES 10 TO 12 When I worked at Aureole, we cooked Thanksgiving for 400 people. We made two different types of stuffing every year, bread stuffing and corn bread stuffing.…

Green Bean Casserole

SERVES 10 TO 12 Green bean casserole is on almost everybody’s Thanksgiving table, either because people love it or maybe because they just love that fried-onion topping. Thanksgiving dinner at…