Category Archives: Chef Recipes

cook like matthew mathlage: thai braised short ribs

Braised short ribs, one of my favorite dishes hands-down. If it’s on a menu, I almost certainly cannot resist. We also enjoy making this savory dish at home, too, either as part of a ragu or alongside polenta or mashed potatoes. And now as chef Matt Mathlage of Light Bistro shares with us here, I’ll […]

cook like ben bebenroth (pfankuchen and bacon-wrapped lamb loin)

For the second year in a row, we used Spice of Lift Catering for our holiday party at work. And for a second year in a row, everyone left will smiles on their faces and bellies happily stuffed with wonderful tastes and flavors. Add a thoroughly enjoyable Plated Landscape dinner to the mix, and this […]

cook like matthew anderson: pumpkin coconut soup

If you’ve been to Umami, especially during lunch, chances are you’ve seen my husband (and sometime me). This tiny Asian restaurant in Chagrin Falls is his favorite (and a favorite of mine, too). The friendly staff doesn’t even have to ask, they know his order: udon noodles with beef and a ginger ice tea. Unlike […]

cook like michael herschman: root vegetable latkes with sweet garlic applesauce & roasted chili creme fraiche

Hanukkah starts at sundown on Wednesday. To help celebrate, one of my favorite local chefs, Michael Herschman, shares a favorite holiday recipe of his – as well as a favorite Hanukkah memory. “I will never forget when I was little I got this Fisher Price activity desk with magnetic letters, chalk, crayons, etc. with the […]

cook like michael annandono: lobster fra diablo

Being Italian, I am incredibly picky when it comes to dining out for such cuisine. And while there are a lot of decent Italian restaurants throughout the city, I’m not overly impressed by the majority of them. However, there is one that I constantly recommend when people ask for my favorite Italian restaurant – Michaelangelo’s […]

cook like doug katz: local mushroom risotto

Holiday entertaining on the mind? Then this dish could be for you: local mushroom risotto courtesy of chef Doug Katz at Fire. I’m a big fan of this chef and Fire so you just know this will impress guests. local mushroom risotto (yield: 8 portions) 3 ounces, olive oil 1 cup,  fennel, fine dice 1 […]

cook like brandt evans: rainbow trout in salt crust

This time of the year is when I appreciate Blue Canyon the most (though I really do like the patio for dining al fresco in the summer). I think the chef, Brandt Evans, is at his best when the weather dips and the atmosphere just screams autumn comfort.Here, the chef shares with us his recipe […]

cook like jonathon sawyer: half roasted chicken in bread

Next up in our Cook Like series is a wildly popular one from chef Jonathon Sawyer of The Greenhouse Tavern – and one that I have been wanting to try for awhile. Half Roasted Chicken in Brioche Bread w/ fresh black truffle, petit wood ear mushrooms & natural jus 1 pc  Pastry dough, puff pastry […]

cook like ellis cooley: roasted chicken and grilled zucchini salad with grapes and feta vinaigrette

How simple – and delicious –  does this dish sound? I have a chicken in my fridge and now know what I’m making for the game on Sunday. This recipe comes to us from chef Ellis Cooley of AMP150. Roasted Chicken 1 3# farm raised chicken 1 lemon Salt and pepper 1 TBSP olive oil […]

cook like david uecke (croque monsieur)

I’ve made no secret of my love for L’Albatros. Why would I? This restaurant is simply fantastic. I always leave happy and genuinely enjoy the food (especially the cheese!) and atmosphere (my favorite patio in town). I first tried this sandwich when we went for lunch one day and had Natalie with us. Little Miss […]