Cooking for Two

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California Bounty Beef and Vegetable Noodles

Rating: 3.86 stars
5
Living in California one can get fresh vegetables year-round. Spiralized vegetables are fun and creative for that special main or side spiced up with some California-made sriracha sauce. This recipe is easily adapted with other vegetables.

Bucatini All'Amatriciana

Rating: 4.83 stars
16
This pasta dish is my signature dish. I really enjoy making this pasta, especially with the right ingredients like guanciale. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Easy and Spicy Thai Basil Chicken with Egg

Rating: 4.75 stars
12
Fantastic spicy quick lunch or dinner. The egg really makes the meal. We are obsessed with this dish right now! Serving with sliced cucumber and tomato is delicious.

Miso-Glazed Black Cod

Rating: 4.7 stars
58
This is my take on the oft requested miso-glazed, black cod, made famous by chef Nobu Matsuhisa. In addition to a taste and texture to die for, this is one of the easiest fish recipes of all time. A couple minutes to make the sauce, some brushing, a short wait, and you're broiling. By the way, I don't like to cook both sides. I like the heat to only penetrate from the top down. This makes for a lovely caramelized top, and a super juicy interior. Cooking times will vary, but simply broil the fish until the bones pull out with no effort, and the meat flakes.

Mushroom Spinach Omelet

Rating: 4.58 stars
9
Light breakfast omelet.

Crab-Stuffed Lobster Tail

Rating: 4.56 stars
53
Lobster tail with a New England-style cracker and crabmeat stuffing. Serve with fresh lemon wedges and homemade dinner rolls for an exquisite but surprisingly simple meal.

Tomato Basil Salmon

Rating: 4.59 stars
208
This quick salmon dish is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Serve with a side of sauteed spinach and a glass of pinot noir.

Brown Rice Breakfast Porridge

Rating: 4.41 stars
85
Use up that leftover brown rice and try something new for breakfast. Experiment with it to make it your own, you can try using any mixture of dried fruit instead of the blueberries.

Mediterranean Chicken and Pepper Casserole

Rating: 3.94 stars
13
Vegetables, chicken breast, pasta, and Italian cheeses are baked until bubbly for a delicious one-pot dinner for two. I like to serve this with a light salad and crisp white wine.

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Rating: 4.69 stars
289
No two spaghetti aglio e olio recipes are alike, but this one is pretty true to the classic method. The key is slowly toasting the garlic slices to a perfect golden-brown in the olive oil. If it's too light, you don't get the full flavor and if it's too dark it gets bitter. My advice? Do it perfectly.

Spicy Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)

Rating: 4.76 stars
655
My version of this classic Thai dish has spectacular taste even with regular basil instead of Thai or holy basil. The sauce actually acts like a glaze as the chicken mixture cooks over high heat. The recipe works best if you chop or grind your own chicken and have all ingredients prepped before you start cooking.

Cast Iron Pan-Seared Steak (Oven-Finished)

Rating: 4.46 stars
15
Quick, 45-minute marinade steak, pan-seared with cast iron, finished in oven directly on cast iron skillet.
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Lobster Thermidor

Rating: 4.58 stars
30

This stunning lobster dish is surprisingly simple to make. Lobster shells are stuffed with cooked lobster in a creamy white wine sauce, then topped with Parmesan cheese and broiled until golden.