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Sophia Loren, Chef Michael Chiarello

Sophia Loren, an extraordinary meal for an extraordinary woman

Published: July 23, 2014

Sophia Loren grew up in abject poverty. Her father abandoned the family, her mother was overwhelmed with life, and her grandmother somehow saved them by managing to create masterful meals …

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Clean Food for the Holidays

Published: November 25, 2013

Around the Napa Valley, the gorgeous colors of late fall remind me that entertaining season is right around the corner.  And while we all want our celebrations to be memorable …

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Holiday desserts show off seasonal favorites

Published: November 24, 2013

Apple Clafoutis & Pumpkin Pie Brulee for Thanksgiving (The Today Show) With the great fanfare that savory foods get from me during the holidays, I like desserts to offer a …

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Creating Coqueta Part 1: Why Spanish? – The Journey to the Concept

Published: April 3, 2013

During my career I’ve created several different restaurant concepts, from organic pizzerias early on (Tomatina) to taverns (Ajax in Aspen), but the heart of my cuisine has always been Italian …

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Ryan’s Spain Trip

Published: April 3, 2013

Date: October 3, 2011 Location / Restaurant: Casa Pintos, Galicia Dish: Very classic Pulpo a la Gallega ( Galician Octopus ) dish. The octopus is from the ocean a few …

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Art of Tapeos

Published: April 3, 2013

Date: Various Location / Restaurant: San Sebastian, Barcelona and Madrid Dish: Various Influence / Memory: These photos are all moments when we were experiencing the art of Tapeos. Tapeos is …

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Flawless Paella

Published: April 3, 2013

Date: October 6, 2011 Location / Restaurant: La Maquina Dish: Fabada and Sidra Influence / Memory: The principality of Asturias was another unique area of Spain. Although we only spent …

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Drinking Red Wine: What’s the Perfect Temperature?

Published: May 16, 2012

The quick and dirty secret is that serving wine at the right temperature is EVERYTHING when it comes to enjoying the wine. A $75 wine served at the wrong temp …

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Staying Creative in the Kitchen

Published: February 29, 2012

Am I the only chef who sometimes finds it difficult to stay creative in a bustling and busy restaurant? Yesterday, I was collaborating with my super talented chef de cuisine, …

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Napa Valley’s Blue Oak School – La Familia Fundraisers

Published: February 18, 2012

My wife and I are big supporters of progressive education and are proud of Napa Valley’s Blue Oak School.  This year, we joined Napa locals and vintner friend Oscar Renteria, …

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