Brookhaven Patch News

Writer Laura Haas from the Patch wrote an article about our soon to open restaurant. Thank you Laura! http://brookhaven.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/former-reality-tv-contestant-opening-restaurant-in-chamblee

Our Ceiling is installed

It took over 6 hours but the two guys installing the dry wall on the ceiling finished. Now it is starting to feel like a dinning room. Things are going along without any problems and I like it that way.

Our Bar is installed at Union Hill Kitchen

I do hope the residents of Chamblee Ga, enjoy a good wine or hand crafted cocktail. Our bar had been installed and I have been experimenting with cocktail recipes for the past several months. We decided to use a stain paint on the newly built bar. My father said he wanted to help and was […]

Union Hill Kitchen’s 50% approval inspection passed.

I’ve been nervous about having the city inspectors come by and inspect the wall, electric and plumbing “rough in”. We passed without my issues. Our ceilings are installed on the kitchen and and after seven months of darkness and no lights – we finally have light in our kitchen. I feel accomplished at this moment. […]

A break from work: laughing with Tony Tripole

This past week I went to a benefit at Blake’s on the Park in Atlanta and met Tony Tripoli. He is one of the stars of “Joan & Melissa: Joan knows best?” He is a funny comedian and one of the writers for E Television’s hit show “Fashion Police”. My mother and father were with […]

Smoked Pork

This Weekend my father asked if I would smoke some pork – Cuban style. We cut some rosemary and used the rosemary as a bed for the pork. The pork received a little bit of the scent of the rosemary. There is something special about cooking with your family that is stressful and memorable at […]

Union Hill Kitchen’s walls have started being built

After a very slow start, the top of the morning begins with the guys framing out the walls in the kitchen. It feels like we are going some where now. This view is from our kitchen.

Union Hill Kitchen’s phone is installed.

Not much cooking going on here today, but our new phone line at the restaurant is being installed.

Union Hill Kitchen building permit has been approved.

  Since January 28th 2012, I have tried to get all the required permits approved from Dekalb county and the City of   Chamblee.  After many rejections and re-submittals, today I received the coveted “yellow construction paper”, aka building permit.  I proudly placed it on the window and took a sigh.  The path to this […]

Mini Strawberry pies

  Our kitchen garden has begun to have its first harvest of strawberries.  I am making some mini strawberry pies to celebrate the arrival of our red friends. You can buy a store-bought graham cracker crust and follow my steps below.  In this version I purchased the mini store-bought cracker crust.    You can also purchase […]

Chive flowers are easy to use in the kitchen

I have lots of chives at our farm and in our restaurant garden. When the chives bloom is spring, the petals can be used in many applications. One of them is making a crostini with goat cheese cream and I lay one or two chive blossoms on top. The purple blossom has an explosive flavor […]

Pear Tree in Our Kitchen Garden Has Pears

I went out early this morning and saw that our pear tree has hundreds of pears. How lucky am I to have a tree like this to pick ripe fruit from to make wonderful things with in the kitchen.

Make ahead quick & easy bread pudding

  I am having a couple of friends over dinner tonight.  My friend Debbie, David and Berna are going to enjoy one of my typical Sunday night dinners at my house.  It’s very casual and very easy. This recipe resulted from using excess sliced toasted french bread that I was using for dinner a week […]

Quick easy Union Hill Kitchen pudding scented with anise

  As the Executive chef of Union Hill Restaurant Group in Atlanta, I enjoy experimenting with classic recipes and adding a bit of what I have learned from home cooks or from my travels and of course from my kitchen journals, where I meticulously keep all my cooking notes. This is a do ahead recipe […]

Views from the Great Wall!

One of the obligatory things one needs to do when traveling to Beijing, is to climb the Great Wall.  It is truly an amazing piece of architecture and history to see with your own eyes.  Some people in China say you are not a full man or a full woman unless you have climbed it […]

Reservations at Iggy’s: the world’s 50 best restaurants

  While I was in Singapore I was able to visit Iggy’s restaurant,  One of the top 50 restaurants in the world.  The restaurant is in the Hilton Hotel in Singapore. That night I was not able to take pictures with my regular camera because I forgot it in the hotel room.  I was only […]

Man Mo temple Hong Kong

I was only in Hong Kong for a couple of days and I wanted visit places of historical significance.  I visited the Man Mo Temple.  It is a temple built in 1847 during the British rule of the Hong Kong and is worth a visit. The God of Literature (Man) and the God of War […]

Glaad Gala Atlanta

I will be cooking for the Glaad Gala in Atlanta on October 6th.  It is an honor to be cooking for this event.  The night promises to be a star-studded evening.  Kettle One Vodka drinks will be featured that evening and the cast from the Vampire Diaries will be there as well as other celebrities. […]

Hong Kong in 48 Hours

I am in Hong Kong today and it is an amazing city that left me with my mouth – wide open.  Between 1950 – 1997 it was under British rule.  The island began as a small fishing village, it later became an important strategic military outpost and has become one of the world top 10 […]

Meeting friends in Singapore.

  I have been in Singapore for the last 3 days and in those three days I have had lots of fun exploring this wonderful city and all it has to offer. One of the great things about traveling is that at times the universe throws something out at you and you are happy to […]