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 By Luke Chavez    Specials    May 20, 2021

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Too often, uninspired versions of this dish are slapped on restaurant menus, overdressed with bland mass-produced dressing. Originally created in 1924, by an Italian immigrant at his namesake restaura...

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    May 13, 2021

Spring Onion Pancakes

During my first spring living in Waitsburg, I quickly fell in love with the vibrant-green rolling hills, the abundance of flowering trees, and the discovery of what the locals simply call “salad...

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    May 6, 2021

Lemon Almond Fig Cake

Truth be told, I have always been one who craves savory over sweet. So perhaps it is of little surprise that my favorite desserts are those that include ingredients which act as a counterbalance to...

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 29, 2021

Linguine alle Vongole

As a transplant from the west side of the state, I am often overwhelmed by a strong craving for ocean air and fresh seafood. This past weekend, I made an escape to the coast to satisfy such a...

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 22, 2021

Herbed Garlic Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki

As the days are warming up and getting longer, grilling season is officially here. Concurrently, our edible garden is coming alive and ushering in the season of fresh herbs in everything we cook. We...

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 15, 2021

Eggless Egg Salad

While I am firmly an omnivore, there have been moments, albeit brief moments, when I have dabbled in vegetarianism. Blame it on my childhood, surrounded by West Coast hippies and artists, but I have...

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 8, 2021

Chicken Paprikash

Over the years, certain spices have become such well-loved staples in my kitchen that I have learned to make great use of buying in bulk. Housed in neatly labeled mason jars, and taking up several...

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    April 1, 2021

Spaghetti alla Carbonara con Asparagi

Spring is here! Birds are chirping, daffodils have finally brought some color to our garden, and fresh local asparagus will soon come into season. While I often serve asparagus simply with just a driz...

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    March 25, 2021

Sticky Banoffee Cake

Being the proper Anglophile that I am, my television viewing leans heavily towards programs from across the pond. A long favorite is The Great British Bake Off, which, with its charming pastoral...

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    March 18, 2021

Braised Brisket a la Mexicana

Long before the current food truck craze, my earliest culinary discoveries were made as a kid in Los Angeles, sampling what was available from the city's ubiquitous taco trucks. With the variety of...

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    March 11, 2021

Boxty – Irish Potato Pancakes

My love for sampling the diversity of foods from around the globe is likely rooted in my multi-cultural background. As my last name implies, the ancestry from my father's family is Mexican, while on m... Full story

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    March 4, 2021

Pollo Alla Cacciatora

Hunting for a classic Researching recipes often feels like traveling to me, and one of my favorite destinations to explore is Italy. Rich in history, this relatively small country is made up of 107...


Linda's Skillet Scones

For me, cooking has always been about more than just sustenance alone. The foods we eat tell a story, and I am always listening. Every ingredient and technique used in modern kitchens are a daily...


Lentil and Celery Minestra

While it often feels controversial, I have always been a lover of the winter months. Watching the snow gently fall while tending to a simmering pot is one of my favorite simple pleasures. During snow...


Steak Au Poivre -

Pepper-crusted love This year, perhaps more than usual, many of us are planning Valentine's date nights at home. Beautifully sauced steaks served with a nice bottle of wine will surely impress while... Full story


Linzer Cookie Hearts

Spread the love I have always believed that a heartfelt homemade gift outshines one mass-produced. The childhood joy of cutting and adorning perfect hearts out of brightly colored construction paper...


My Recipes – Luke Chavez

Flemish weekend delight After a busy week of making quick afterwork meals, there is nothing I love more than spending some quality time in the kitchen over the weekend. Taking my time creating a meal... Full story


My Recipes, Luke Chavez

While the country I love feels painfully divided, I have been focusing on what unites us, and to my mind, food has always been the great unifier. Our nation's rich diversity makes it hard to define a...


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