Cooking for Two

Staff Picks

California Bounty Beef and Vegetable Noodles

Rating: 4 stars
Living in California one can get fresh vegetables year-round. Spiralized vegetables are fun and creative for that special main or side spiced up with some California-made sriracha sauce. This recipe is easily adapted with other vegetables.

Bucatini All'Amatriciana

Rating: 4.83 stars
This pasta dish is my signature dish. I really enjoy making this pasta, especially with the right ingredients like guanciale. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Easy and Spicy Thai Basil Chicken with Egg

Rating: 4.75 stars
Fantastic spicy quick lunch or dinner. The egg really makes the meal. We are obsessed with this dish right now! Serving with sliced cucumber and tomato is delicious.

Miso-Glazed Black Cod

Rating: 4.7 stars
This is my take on the oft requested miso-glazed, black cod, made famous by chef Nobu Matsuhisa. In addition to a taste and texture to die for, this is one of the easiest fish recipes of all time. A couple minutes to make the sauce, some brushing, a short wait, and you're broiling. By the way, I don't like to cook both sides. I like the heat to only penetrate from the top down. This makes for a lovely caramelized top, and a super juicy interior. Cooking times will vary, but simply broil the fish until the bones pull out with no effort, and the meat flakes.

Mushroom Spinach Omelet

Rating: 4.58 stars
Light breakfast omelet.

Crab-Stuffed Lobster Tail

Rating: 4.56 stars
Lobster tail with a New England-style cracker and crabmeat stuffing. Serve with fresh lemon wedges and homemade dinner rolls for an exquisite but surprisingly simple meal.

Tomato Basil Salmon

Rating: 4.58 stars
This quick salmon dish is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Serve with a side of sauteed spinach and a glass of pinot noir.

Brown Rice Breakfast Porridge

Rating: 4.41 stars
Use up that leftover brown rice and try something new for breakfast. Experiment with it to make it your own, you can try using any mixture of dried fruit instead of the blueberries.

Garlic Chicken Breasts

Rating: 3.96 stars
Easy marinade with next-day, quick, oven roast.

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Rating: 4.7 stars
No two spaghetti aglio e olio recipes are alike, but this one is pretty true to the classic method. The key is slowly toasting the garlic slices to a perfect golden-brown in the olive oil. If it's too light, you don't get the full flavor and if it's too dark it gets bitter. My advice? Do it perfectly.

Cast Iron Pan-Seared Steak (Oven-Finished)

Rating: 4.39 stars
Quick, 45-minute marinade steak, pan-seared with cast iron, finished in oven directly on cast iron skillet.

Roasted Turkey Legs

Rating: 4.43 stars
This is a great way to have a small scale turkey dinner anytime of the year. Serve with rice, noodles, or dressing. This recipe can also be increased very easily.

Inspiration and Ideas

10 Easy Weeknight Dinners
These recipes can all be on the table, ready to eat, in less than 45 minutes.
The Best Air Fryer Dinner Recipes
The air fryer is the perfect tool when you're cooking for two people.

Spicy Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)

Rating: 4.76 stars

My version of this classic Thai dish has spectacular taste even with regular basil instead of Thai or holy basil. The sauce actually acts like a glaze as the chicken mixture cooks over high heat. The recipe works best if you chop or grind your own chicken and have all ingredients prepped before you start cooking.