Michael roasts a chicken and demonstrates recipes for mashed potatoes. Included: cider-brined chicken; mashed potatoes with brown butter; mashed potatoes served in a martini glass; and Michael's "extravagant potato with crispy potato collar."
Michael uses pork shoulder in recipes for Mediterranean pork stew; Southwestern pork stew; and pulled-pork sandwiches with spicy coleslaw. Also: He prepares a broccoli frittata; and a smoked-salmon frittata.
Mussels and risotto are the featured ingredients. Recipes include: steamed mussels; tomato mussels with penne; risotto with classic Italian flavors; risotto with Italian bacon and blue cheese; and risotto cakes.