• Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 693 other subscribers
  • Archives

  • Like us on Facebook!

Salade Lyonnaise: Red-Wine Poached Egg & Salad

What do you do with that half bottle of red wine that has been on the kitchen counter for over a week? Poach an egg of course.
Check out the recipe here.

Poached Egg


Menu Shoot for Double Tree by Hilton

I wanted to share some of the shots from a menu shoot I did for Double Tree by Hilton—Valley Forge in King of Prussia, PA. Executive Chef Stephen Delaney plated some really delicious comfort food from lounge menu. People ask me all the time if I doctor food for shots, and I really don’t (save for an occasional brush of olive oil here and there for some extra shine). I rely on the plating techniques from the chefs as they are the true artists and my job is to make it look as delectable as possible. If you want to eat it, we have succeeded. Nothing makes me happier to hear from restaurant clients that they have customers come in on a cold dark night because they saw the food shots on their website.

Chef Delaney

Executive Chef Stephen Delaney putting the finishing touch on the foam.


Fried Calamari with a spicy dipping sauce.


Grilled cheese with bacon, tomato, and avocado.

FB Pizza

Flatbread pizza with brie, caramelized onions with balsamic reduction,
portabella mushrooms, and arugula.


Grilled salmon.

Triple Choc Mousse

Layered triple chocolate mousse.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe

Winter is a great time to stay home and bake. My wife Colleen is the quick bread queen and makes a really yummy cinnamon swirl bread that fills the house with wonderful smells of warm cinnamon. We’ve been wanting to shoot more recipes that we have tried, and have incorporated into our regular menu. And if you are on a budget, most of the ingredients are already in your pantry and fridge. You can make your own loaves at home that everyone in the family will enjoy for breakfast or an after-school snack.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread


1/3 cup sugar (for swirling)

2 tsp cinnamon

2 cups flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup sugar (for batter)

1 egg

1 cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350-F



1-Prep Loafpan

Step 1- Prepare a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan by lightly greasing and powdering with flour.

2-Mix Sugar-Cinn

Step 2- Mix 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon. (set aside)

3-Dry Mixture

Step 3- Prepare dry mixture in a large bowl.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and 1 cup of sugar.

4-Wet Mixture

Step 4- Prepare wet mixture in a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk and oil.

5-Mix Batter

Step 5- Add to the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon until just combined.

6-Pour Half Batter

Step 6- Pour 1/2 the batter into the loaf pan.

7-Layer Cinn-Sugar

Step 7- Sprinkle 1/2 cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat the surface of the batter evenly.

8-Pour Remaining Batter

Step 8- Pour the remaining batter in the pan.
Use a spatula or knife to smooth into corners and edges.

9-Top with Sugar-Cinn

Step 9- Top evenly with remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture.

10-Vert Swirls

Step 10- Make vertical swirls with a knife.

11-Horiz Swirls

Step 11- Make a couple horizontal swirls the length of the pan.

12-Bake for 45-50

Ready to go into the oven! Bake for 45-50 minutes at 350-F.
Check with a toothpick (should remove clean).

13-Let Cool

Let sit for about 10 min in the pan then remove to a wire rack until cool.