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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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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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 | Comments Off on Lime and Cilantro Shrimp with Mango Avocado Salsa

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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Unstuffed Cabbage Meatballs

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Appetizers, Beef, Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Pork, Recipes | Comments Off on Unstuffed Cabbage Meatballs

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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Mini Fried Chicken = Less Mess in the Kitchen

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Appetizers, Chicken, Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Mini Fried Chicken = Less Mess in the Kitchen

Mini Fried Chicken = Less Mess in the Kitchen

Lately I have had a hankering for fried chicken.  I love combination of the crispy and crunchy outside coupled with the moist and juicy inside of the chicken.  Alas, the thought of a big pot of quarts of scorching hot oil combined with a platter of cut up chicken equates to a mess of a kitchen in my mind. To avoid dealing with the all the shambles that comes along with deep frying chicken, I have been known to head to the drive thru of a well-known fried chicken establishment to get my chicken fix. To overcome...

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Fresh Vegetable Spring Rolls

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Appetizers, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Side dish, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Fresh Vegetable Spring Rolls

Fresh Vegetable Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are the fresh counterpart to fried egg rolls. They are loaded with bright green lettuce leaves, thin rice noodles or vermicelli, bean sprouts, and crunchy matchsticks of carrots, cucumbers, red peppers.  The spring rolls will a welcome addition to the menu when served with a peanutty sauce enhanced with sweet and spicy hoisin sauce.   Making spring rolls is easy with a little practice. Having all the ingredients prepped and assembled is the key to success. Slicing the super fresh and crisp...

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