Squash Blossom & Walnut Pesto Pasta Salad

Squash blossom & walnut pesto pasta salad can be served warm or cold. I shave in baby summer squash for a little crunch. Add some warm rendered pancetta or grilled shrimp or both for a heartier main ....more

Shaker Lemon Pie

Shaker Lemon Pie a.k.a. Ohio Lemon Pie is one of my top ten favorite lemon desserts – right up there with lemon bars, lemon curd and the French...more

Shrimp Salad Appetizer

Here’s a pretty pastel appetizer for Easter – bay shrimp salad with fennel & radish. ...more

Baked French Toast with Orange Blossom Maple Syrup

This might be the most over engineered baked french toast recipe on earth, but it also elicits comments like: “This is the best I’ve ever had”. The extra steps aren’t really that much more time consuming and if you choose to skip them, I completely understand (and I will point out the shortcuts) but as is, the result is ...more

Spring Radish & Snap Pea Salad with Sumac Vinaigrette

Finally Spring is here! Yay for the verdant greens of baby lettuces, peas & asparagus and the popping pinks of radishes & strawberries! Here’s another easy salad for all the upcoming Spring holidays: Passover, Mother’s Day, Easter ....more

Strawberry & Bibb Lettuce Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing

Spring salads! The easiest way to breathe new life into a menu is to update the salads. So it’s out with the pear and pomegranate starter that was so popular during the Winter and in with the berries and baby lettuces ....more

Chermoula Roasted Salmon with Saffron Pearl Cous Cous and Dill-Lebni Sauce

This is a mainstay for four Faz restaurants. It started out as a special item at our Oakland location and then customers kept asking for it, so now it’s at all the restaurants! I love the sour n’ spicy chermoula paste that we rub the salmon with ....more

Tamarind Scented Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Pomegranate & Pistachio

This is a sensuous soup with earthy flavors that hit all the right spots. Tamarind lends a sweet n’ sour finish to the puréed caramelized cauliflower and pomegranate gives a bright pop with toasted pistachio to make each spoonful interesting. Easy to make, beautiful, delicious, and slightly different from the norm … Tamarind Scented Roasted Cauliflower Soup ...more

Fuyu Persimmon & Little Gem Lettuces with Labneh Kefir Ranch Dressing

Did I mention that my new favorite ingredient is Labneh? ...more

Pomegranate Swordfish with Romanesco Couscous & Labneh Dill Sauce

I create recipes for five Mediterranean restaurants that are Persian inspired so it only makes sense that our cuisine reflects that influence. The flavors of Iran are exciting and the colors vibrant....more