Chef Alexis Hernandez opening a new restaurant in Atlanta?

  I have avoided this issue for many years.  I have been encouraged by my family to consider opening up a small restaurant.  The idea has caused numerous frustrated conversations because I am not completely sure that I want to be tied down a large part of my day working on my feet, lifting heavy […]

Smoked pulled pork

This morning I am starting to smoke 98 lbs of pork shoulder. It’s not easy to smoke meat the right way but the end result is gratifying to both the soul and the tummy. I smoked the pork with pear wood from a pear tree that I have in my one acre garden. It’s a […]

Cuimin scented black beans

    Sometimes when I come home from cooking all day for clients, I am not thrilled about cooking lot’s of complicated things.  Some people are horrified when the find out that for dinner, I warmed up beans out of a can.  I think people can get over the fact that chefs also should be […]

Oven roasted tomatoes

  Some times its easier than it seems to find things in your kitchen and do something with them that enhances other dishes you are making.  This simple oven roasted tomatoes can be made 3-4 days ahead, covered with plastic and placed in the refrigerator.  The acidity in the tomatoes actually are a nice addition […]

Braised cabbage,bacon and Granny Smith apples

  This dish is a staple in my kitchen.  One year at our farm, we had a pretty large harvest of cabbage.  I made a lot of recipes our of cabbage that year, some that were good and some that were not that good.  This one is a favorite with my entire family.  It is […]

French Macarons from the Hot Chocolatier

      I have an actor friend is staying with me for several months, while she works on her show called, The Waffle Palace!  She  gave me a box of French macarons  from a place near her home called the Hot Chocolatier.             A macaron is a wonderful treat!  […]

Corn on the cobb with Vanilla butter

Quick and easy pizza dough

My kitchenaid kitchen

      I recently moved into my new house and I needed to update the kitchen appliances.  As a professional chef in Atlanta, I am used to working on Wolf/Subzero, Thermadore and Viking appliances.  I have never worked on a Kitchenaid product.  I decided that this house would be a Kitchenaid kitchen.  I didn’t […]

Vintage cookie Jars

    I have received messages from my friends on twitter asking if I would take pictures of some of the items I look at when I venture out on the weekends to the consignment stores.  This past weekend I saw lots of stuff. The amount of vintage cookie jars that was in this store […]

Vintage finds in Atlanta

      On the weekends, I enjoy going to different antique or consignment stores Atlanta. I find it relaxing and it has become a ritual for me on the weekends. I was at Antiques & Beyond, one of m favorite furniture consignment stores this past weekend. As a personal chef I enjoy collecting vintage […]

Mc Manis 2010 vintage Viognier

Spotted a deal for my wine living friends. This wine is under $12.00 and is great for summer. I snagged mine for $8.99 at Kroger on piedmont. Peachy and hints of melon. Goes well with burgers or other grilled foods.

The fruits of Summer!

              Our pear tree in Atlanta has lots of pears this year! Even though they are not ripe…20 or 30 pears have fallen to the floor and I have picked most of them up to make some jam. Growing up in Union City, N.J. I never thought that I […]