The Best Chocolate Cake Ever – Mini Texas Sheet Cakes

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Dessert, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | 0 comments

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever – Mini Texas Sheet Cakes

I rarely make claims that a recipe is “the best ever.” Many recipes can benefit from a little tweaking. Add an additional one-half cup of dark chocolate chips to make the ultimate chocolate chip cookies. Marinara sauce simmered with fresh basil is leaps and bounds superior to one with dried basil. There is always room for improvement in a recipe. Mini Texas Sheet Cakes are the exception to this rule. Everything is bigger in Texas and so is this larger than life cake. It is without a doubt The Best Chocolate...

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Raspberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken with Toasted Almonds

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Chicken, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Raspberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken with Toasted Almonds

Raspberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken with Toasted Almonds

Do you have a signature dish? It’s the one that you can prepare basically with your eyes closed and still be confident with the finished dish. When it is served at potlucks, dinner parties, or a weeknight dinner with your family, you know it will be received with ooohs and aaahs. If you are still searching for that prefect dish to call your own, I suggest you try Raspberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken with Toasted Almonds. From start to finish, the prep and cooking time is literally about 20 minutes. With its complex...

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Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Tahini Dressing

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Tahini Dressing

Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Tahini Dressing

Bowls. Bowls. Bowls. Everywhere you look there are bowls of food artistically arranged with an endless variety of ingredients. Acai bowls, poke bowls, and smoothie bowls are the hot dining trend of 2017 as plates are traded in for the round vessels. Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Tahini Dressing are one take on the eating style that is taking diners by storm. The preparation of the Greek salad inspired meal-in-a-bowl focuses more on assembly than cooking. The base of each single serving is the nutritional...

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Irish Lamb Stew with Carrots, Parsnips, Potatoes, Peas and Guinness

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Entrees, Lamb, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Irish Lamb Stew with Carrots, Parsnips, Potatoes, Peas and Guinness

Irish Lamb Stew with Carrots, Parsnips, Potatoes, Peas and Guinness

With people’s busy schedules and the seemingly endless variety of options for dining out, fresh meal delivery services, and prepared meals packaged and waiting at most grocery stores, home cooking seems to be losing its luster. Between working all day, taking kids to countless activities, and keeping up with the daily demands of life, most home cooks are looking for fast, tasty, and premade food to serve to themselves and their families. I look at cooking as a labor of love. And this labor of love takes time to...

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Whole Grain Banana Raspberry Bread with Flax Meal

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Breakfast, Dessert, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Whole Grain Banana Raspberry Bread with Flax Meal

Whole Grain Banana Raspberry Bread with Flax Meal

I write a food column twice a month for the New Jersey Herald. I showcase everyday recipes that are a little out of the ordinary but, easy to prepare.  My article this week featured an updated version of a family favorite banana bread recipe.  I hope you enjoy my article. An infatuation with food began early in my life. Anything culinary intrigued me. My free time was spent whipping up batches of chocolate chip cookies with my sisters, grilling hotdogs for lunch with my best friend, watching Julia Child on The...

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