Texas Caviar

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in Appetizers, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Side dish, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Texas Caviar

If I could impart only one tip on how to streamline breakfast, lunch or dinner, it would be to prep for meal time in advance. A little chopping, marinating, assembling or cooking ahead of time can eliminate a trip to the fast food drive through or that phone call to the local Chinese restaurant. Having a batch of versatile Texas Caviar ready and waiting in the refrigerator will be a lifesaver when that hangry feeling starts to hit. Texas Caviar or Cowboy Caviar as it is also known was given its name as a silly...

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies

Posted by on Feb 11, 2018 in Dessert, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | 0 comments

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies

A bouquet of bright red roses, a heart shaped box of hand dipped chocolates, an amorous greeting card, and a sparkly bauble are Valentine’s Day gifts typically exchanged between sweethearts. Side step tradition and whip up a batch of my Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies to woo the object of your affection. It is easy to order a Valentine’s Day gift online or pick up a dozen roses at the florist. A handmade gift of fudgy double chocolate brownies topped with sweet, ripe strawberries and enrobed in a rich...

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Manhattan Clam Chowder with Fresh Thyme

Posted by on Feb 2, 2018 in Appetizers, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Seafood, Soup | 0 comments

Manhattan Clam Chowder with Fresh Thyme

Each season lasts about 3 months long. But the cold and snowy winter time seems to hang on longer than spring, summer, and fall. Instead of lamenting about the freezing temperatures and snow drifts piling up outside, live the hygge lifestyle like the Scandinavians. Hunker down by a warm fire with family and friends and enjoy a homemade steaming pot of Manhattan Clam Chowder with Fresh Thyme. A home life trend that is spreading like wild fire is hygge (pronounced hoo-gah). It has its roots in Denmark and Norway and...

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Freezer Fruit and Yogurt Smoothies

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Breakfast, Drinks, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Freezer Fruit and Yogurt Smoothies

Freezer Fruit and Yogurt Smoothies

The start of a new year is synonymous with making resolutions. Join a gym to exercise more, volunteer with a local charity, or resolve to eat a healthier diet are common decisions made as the calendar flips to January. When thinking about how to make yourself a better you in 2018, try prepping fruit and yogurt smoothies in advance for a quick and easy healthy breakfast option in the morning. Most mornings I am a little blurry eyed. It’s best if I don’t make any major decisions as it takes me a while to wake...

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Orange Scented Couscous Salad with Cranberries and Maple Pecans

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Appetizers, Entrees, Make ahead, Pasta, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Side dish | Comments Off on Orange Scented Couscous Salad with Cranberries and Maple Pecans

Orange Scented Couscous Salad with Cranberries and Maple Pecans

I look forward to the Christmas season every year. It is a time to catch up on the lives of family and friends from near and far. Along with the jovial holiday camaraderie is also many meals featuring countless rich and delicious foods. After a couple days of eating and drinking to excess, I am craving a healthy option that is more exciting than a handful of celery and carrot sticks. Orange Scented Whole Wheat Couscous with Dried Cranberries and Maple Pecans is a light lunch or tasty side dish to pair with roasted...

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Appetizers, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite | Comments Off on Cream of Mushroom Soup

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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