Lime and Cilantro Shrimp with Mango Avocado Salsa

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Appetizers, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Seafood | 0 comments

Lime and Cilantro Shrimp with Mango Avocado Salsa

As the winter season drags on and on, I look to prepare dishes with bright and fresh flavors.  Lime and Cilantro Shrimp with Mango Avocado Salsa reminds me that the warmth of summer is not far away.  With a dish that includes only a handful of ingredients, shop for the highest quality ones you can find. Shrimp is the star of the dish so it should garner the most attention when shopping. I like to use the jumbo size or 16/20 size. The 16/20 refers to the number of shrimp per pound. Therefore, 16/20 shrimp have on...

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Roasted Italian Spaghetti Squash with Vegetable Bolognese

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Pasta, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Roasted Italian Spaghetti Squash with Vegetable Bolognese

The start of a new year is a time for resolutions for many people. Exercise and get in shape, spend more time with family and friends, travel to new places, and eat a healthy diet top the list of resolutions after the first of the year. These decisions for self-improvement can quickly be derailed when people aim high and establish goals that are too lofty. Position yourself for triumph by setting small, specific goals that are more likely to be attainable. Making the all-encompassing decision to “eat a...

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Parmesan, Fontina and Toasted Walnuts in Endive Leaves 

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Recipes | 0 comments

Parmesan, Fontina and Toasted Walnuts in Endive Leaves 

During the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season, having a unique and easy go-to appetizer is a life saver and a time saver. Endive Leaves Filled with Parmesan, Fontina, and Toasted Walnuts is one such recipe. The individual handheld appetizer goes beyond the ordinary cheese plate, chips and dip or crudité and hummus. The combination of ingredients and the presentation set this appetizer apart. Salty Parmesan and mellow fontina cheeses are accompanied by nutty toasted walnuts and crunch bits of celery....

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Sugared Shortbread

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Breakfast, Dessert, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | 0 comments

Sugared Shortbread

The following recipe was featured in the New York Times. Check out Melissa Clark’s article and its 5 star reviews here. Cookies are an important time of my day. With coffee for breakfast. As a pick me up in the late afternoon. And a couple with a shot of milk before bed make for a good night’s sleep. I was introduced to Sugared Shortbread by my neighbor and good friend Kathleen. She can brew a pot of coffee and have a tasty baked good ready at a moment’s notice. Even if I stop by unannounced....

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Barley Vegetable Soup

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Soup | 0 comments

Barley Vegetable Soup

If you are anything like me, the holidays sneak up before you know it. Not long after handing out the last of the Halloween candy, a turkey is roasting in the oven for Thanksgiving and cutting down a Christmas tree is not far behind. Now is the time to fill the freezer with a few meals to ease in dinner preparation during the hustle and bustle of the season.    Soups are one of my go-to freezer meals.  It’s easy to make a big pot of piping hot soup loaded with fresh produce.  Let the soup cool and then tuck...

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Unstuffed Cabbage Meatballs

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Appetizers, Beef, Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Pork, Recipes | 0 comments

Unstuffed Cabbage Meatballs

The cool fall temperatures pull me into my kitchen to leisurely prepare hearty stews loaded with tender beef, baby carrots and red potatoes, big pots of thick and creamy soups, and simmering batches of meaty Italian Bolognese sauce.  Some days I’m pressed for time but, still want to prepare a dish filled with that all day, slow cooked taste. That is when I whip up a steaming pot of Unstuffed Cabbage Meatballs.  Stuffed cabbage is one of the ultimate comfort food dishes.  Many ethnic groups including Polish,...

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