Cream of Mushroom Soup

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Appetizers, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite | 0 comments

Cream of Mushroom Soup

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I am frequently asked what my menu will be for our family feast. I respond without hesitation. A traditional Thanksgiving menu of turkey with stuffing and gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie with whipped cream will grace our family table this year just as it does every year. I do not dare alter the menu. A riot may ensure in our home. But I may sneak in a first course of my homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup to shake things up a...

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Lemon and Garlic Shrimp Scampi

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Entrees, Gluten Free, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Seafood | 0 comments

Lemon and Garlic Shrimp Scampi

Scan any Italian restaurant menu and shrimp scampi is bound to be an offering under the seafood options. Luckily, an evening dining out is not necessary to prepare the classic Italian dish. With only a few ingredients and a speedy prep and cooking time, Lemon and Garlic Shrimp Scampi is an easy yet elegant entree to make. I like to keep a bag of frozen wild caught shrimp on hand in the freezer. There are endless ways to prepare them. A quick thaw is all that is needed to get dinner started. If you are lucky enough...

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Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pie Donut Holes

Posted by on Sep 23, 2017 in Dessert, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pie Donut Holes

Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pie Donut Holes

I have a confession to make. I have a sweet tooth, and it is a really big sweet tooth. As the seasons change, so do the cookies, cakes, pies and quick breads I bake to satisfy my sugary addiction. Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pie Donut Holes combine two favorite sweets of mine – pie and donuts. And the mini size makes them the perfect poppable treat. A basic cake batter of flour, sugar, butter and eggs is the basis for the bite-sized spheres. The addition of tart diced apples cooked in homemade caramel sauce and warm...

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Sicilian Meatballs with Basil Marinara

Posted by on Sep 9, 2017 in Beef, Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Sicilian Meatballs with Basil Marinara

Sicilian Meatballs with Basil Marinara

With two of our kids living on their own and one entering his junior year of college, my maternal instinct to prepare food for them has taken on a new form. Instead of gathering around the dinner table for our nightly meals, I entrust the post office or FedEx to deliver many packages of food to my now grown children. Rarely does a holiday pass without a package filled with sprinkle covered sugar cookies, chocolate dipped pretzels, or thick and chewy brownies landing on my kids’ doorsteps. As the date approached...

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Late Summer Lobster Rolls

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Seafood | Comments Off on Late Summer Lobster Rolls

Late Summer Lobster Rolls

On my frequent trips to the grocery store for my personal chef clients, I always take a peek at the lobster tank. Besides the oysters, mussels and clams (which basically just sit on top of crushed ice) lobsters are the only live creature available at the store. It is fascinating to watch them jockey for space in the their watery home. The price of lobsters dictate if I will pick some up for dinner. When at their peak of around $15 a pound, the hard-shelled spiny fellows only get a glance from me. But during the...

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Grilled Lime Chile Chicken with Avocado Tomato Salsa

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Appetizers, Chicken, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Grilled Lime Chile Chicken with Avocado Tomato Salsa

Grilled Lime Chile Chicken with Avocado Tomato Salsa

Contrasting tastes, colors, textures, and temperatures when preparing a dish add to its overall appeal. A steaming hot bowl of chili topped with cool sour cream, sweet and spicy Asian spiced chicken served in delicately flavored Bibb lettuce leaves and smoky pulled pork served on a soft roll with crunchy cabbage slaw are balanced dishes that are particularly satisfying. Grilled Lime Chile Chicken with Avocado Tomato Salsa has a dazzling combination of spicy and subtle flavors, bright and muted colors, crunchy and...

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