Impress your guests with this elegant dish – they’ll never guess it was such a cinch to make!




For the Poached Salmon

Yield: 6 to 8 servings



2 tablespoons minced shallots

2 pounds boneless, skinless salmon

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

1½ cups white wine

2 tablespoons salted butter, cut into quarters



Preheat the oven to 375° F. Add 1 tablespoon of shallots to a 9" x 13" baking dish and spread them out evenly.

Season the salmon on each side with the salt and pepper, then place it in the baking dish. Spread the remaining shallots on top. Pour the white wine over the salmon and dot the...

Celebrity chef Alex Hitz teaches a Los Angeles cooking club his secrets to perfecting the ultimate holiday feast.



Celebrity chef and author Alex Hitz has taught legions of fans to cook with his legendary book, My Beverly Hills Kitchen. But when he accepted an invitation from friend and fellow Angeleno Kim Uzielli to instruct a cooking club of kitchen-savvy friends on how to prepare a holiday feast, Hitz was faced with the challenge of teaching his very first class. “Kim called me and asked, ‘Would you ever do this?’ ” recalls Hitz in his distinctive Southern drawl. “Usually when I cook, it’s for a charity raising...

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