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Caprese Skewer Log

Caprese Appetizer Log

One of Chef Michael’s recent favorite tools are medical pipettes. The chef fills these with various types of oils, vinegars, herbs and other flavors for the final flavor burst. The chef has transformed the traditional Capresse salad into an appetizer and served it using an italian cucumber.

The Big Drop

Compressed Watermelon with Shaved Ahi Tuna, Wasabi Caviar and Citrus Greens

Quad Flavors Appetizer

From the left: Sous Vide Tri Tip with Shaved Onion Rings, Crab cake with Red Pepper Aioli, Compressed Watermelon with basil grapeseed Oil and Balsamic Vin., Caprese Skewer

Citrus Lobster Salad

Citrus Lobster Salad with Roasted Fennel and Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Roasted Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The ultimate lunch for a very cold day is Roasted Tomato soup with a Grilled Cheese sandwich.

Zesty Mango Salsa

mango salsa

Do you remember how awesome the sun feels on a summer day. That is what biting into Chef Michael’s Zesty Mango Salsa tastes like. In the cold of winter reignite your wild side with the fresh fruity zing of Mango Gourmet Salsa.

Olive Tapenade

Olive Tapenade

Olive Tapenade is a wonderful fresh spread or salad dressing or pasta sauce. It is unique rich tasting dressing that is sure to get rave reviews.

How to Make Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops

Chef Mike takes on the classic bacon-wrapped appetizer using prosciutto instead to wrap meaty scallops. Italian prosciutto, found at most supermarkets or Italian specialty stores, has an incomparable melt-in-your-mouth taste. It’s more expensive than bacon, but you only need a little for this recipe. Make it a meal: Serve with an unoaked chardonnay and Wild Rice and a salad.

How to Make Hummus


Chef Mike demonistrates how to make the Middle Eastern favorite Hummus. Hummus is a dip composed of chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, and tahini. Tahini is a paste similar in texture to peanut butter that is made from sesame seeds. Hummus is typically eaten with pita or other flat bread.

How to Make Artichoke Heart Dip

Artichoke Hearts dip is easy to prepare and a always a hit. Perfect for parties, watching football, or just a great snack. We recommend making it with two other dips.

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