Healthy Pasta Recipe!

In Florida where I live, there is really only one season:summer. But Carissa and I just came back from an active trip to Colorado and Arizona, where spring is in full bloom. It was such a nice change from the hot Florida “summer” and, yay, mountains! In the mountains,...
The Easiest Sangria Cocktail for Weight Loss

The Easiest Sangria Cocktail for Weight Loss

Who said you can’t enjoy alcoholic beverages without guilt? Not me. Especially when we’re talking about a refreshing, festive beverage like summer sangria. I used to work as a young chef in Spain. There, Sangria was the new wine. The country gets so hot in the summer...

8 Secrets of Amazing Food Presentation

If you’ve been following me through my emails and here at Earlytorise.com, you’re probably already cooking lots of delicious food. But how do you make it look as amazing as it tastes? The truth is, we “eat with our eyes first.” Sure, food has to taste good. But it...

The 8 Rules of Cooking For a Crowd

Are you a crowd-feeder? As a chef who owns a fine-dining catering company in Tampa, Florida, I am. We serve elegant dinners for groups ranging from 10 to 350 people. So we know a crowd when we see one. At home, it’s the same thing. Trust me, when we cook for our five...