Charred Octopus with Warm White Bean and Tomato Salad and Guanciale Vinaigrette

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Charred Octopus with Warm White Bean and Tomato Salad and Guanciale Vinaigrette

This Italian-style appetizer combines charred octopus with a warm bean and cherry tomato salad tossed in a vinaigrette made from the rendered fat of the guanciale (an Italian cured meat from pork jowls).

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Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

These crispy battered and fried cauliflower bites tossed in homemade buffalo sauce are a great vegetarian alternative to buffalo chicken wings - they also happen to be gluten free! 

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French Onion Soup Bites

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French Onion Soup Bites

These puff pastry squares are topped with caramelized onions, Gruyère cheese and thyme –all the best parts of French onion soup made into little bite-size appetizers fit for a cocktail party.

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Crostini with Ricotta, Figs & Balsamic

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Crostini with Ricotta, Figs & Balsamic

This recipe combines sweet figs at the height of their season with crunchy bread, ricotta and a drizzle of balsamic glaze for an easy appetizer.

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Jumbo BBQ Meatballs with Queso & Fritos

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Jumbo BBQ Meatballs with Queso & Fritos

These jumbo beef meatballs are tossed in homemade scallion BBQ sauce then served over queso and with a side of fritos.

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Heirloom Tomato, Prosciutto & Burrata with Garlic-Basil Oil & Grilled Bread

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Heirloom Tomato, Prosciutto & Burrata with Garlic-Basil Oil & Grilled Bread

This salad combines some of my favorite ingredients into one dish: sliced heirloom tomato - a fresh and vibrant summer staple - blends well with salty prosciutto, creamy burrata and crusty grilled bread. Get ready to put this garlic-basil oil on absolutely everything!

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Hot Mexican Spinach Dip

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Hot Mexican Spinach Dip

This cheesy spinach dip filled with tomatoes, green chilies and tomatoes combines Mexican and Mediterranean flavors for a crowd-pleasing appetizer.

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Brown Butter Scallops with Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, Pickled Shallots & Serrano

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Brown Butter Scallops with Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, Pickled Shallots & Serrano

These scallops are seared so that they are golden-brown and are served with a nutty brown butter sauce that contrasts with the fresh, sweet taste of watermelon and the spicy notes of the Serrano pepper.

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Yellowtail Sashimi with Serrano & Ponzu

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Yellowtail Sashimi with Serrano & Ponzu

Variations of this dish can frequently be found at plenty of sushi restaurants but I started eating a similar plate at the Nobu in Malibu.

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Garlic Soy Edamame

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Garlic Soy Edamame

The pods are glazed in soy sauce and garlic with just a hint of spice from the cayenne and whole peppers.

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