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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BLT Bites

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Appetizers, Make ahead, Pork, Recipes | Comments Off on BLT Bites

BLT Bites

Entertaining can be stressful. To make holiday parties less hectic, have a go-to appetizer in your recipe repertoire.  BLT Bites are easy to make, fun to eat, and great tasting.  They will be a hit at any Christmas or New Year’s party this holiday season. It can be a daunting task to think of an appetizer to make for a party at your own home or at a family or friends’ house. With long holiday to do lists, spending hours in the kitchen preparing hors d’oeurves is just not in the cards.  A perfect appetizer...

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Pasta e Fagioli

Posted by on Dec 6, 2015 in Appetizers, Entrees, Make ahead, Pasta, Personal chef favorite, Pork, Recipes, Soup | Comments Off on Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli

It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. The short days mean hurrying to make the most of the day. Decorating the home for the holidays, visiting with family and friends, and shopping for gifts all while still keeping up with the daily activities of work and school can be overwhelming. Preparing a meal or two in advance makes dinnertime a no stress affair. I like to have a couple quarts of a hearty soup such as Pasta e Fagioli on hand. That way I know a delicious dinner for my family...

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Grilled Balsamic Chicken Sandwiches with Fresh Mozzarella and Tomatoes

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Appetizers, Chicken, Entrees, Make ahead, Recipes | Comments Off on Grilled Balsamic Chicken Sandwiches with Fresh Mozzarella and Tomatoes

Grilled Balsamic Chicken Sandwiches with Fresh Mozzarella and Tomatoes

September signals the start of football season and the tailgates and parties that go along with it. Whether celebrating at home or at a football stadium, great food is a prerequisite. Grilled Balsamic Chicken Sandwiches with Fresh Mozzarella and Tomatoes are a handheld snack that will be a hit at any gathering. Typically tailgates and at home football parties are a smorgasbord of food options. Nachos with cheesy queso sauce, vegetables and dips, sausage and peppers, pizza, hamburgers, and a myriad of desserts such...

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Mini Thai Meatballs with Coconut Red Curry Sauce

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Appetizers, Beef, Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Pork, Recipes | Comments Off on Mini Thai Meatballs with Coconut Red Curry Sauce

Mini Thai Meatballs with Coconut Red Curry Sauce

Can a recipe for certain entrée or side dish can be made ahead of time is a cooking question I frequently get asked. As a personal chef, this is one of my areas of expertise. The cooking I do for my clients centers around preparing dishes that taste wonderful and fresh whenever they are reheated and served. Mini Thai Meatballs with Coconut Red Curry Sauce is one such dish that reheats beautifully after a couple days in the refrigerator or a couple months in the freezer. For many of us, the day is filled with...

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Balsamic Caprese Chicken with Fresh Mozzarella and Blistered Cherry Tomatoes

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Appetizers, Chicken, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Balsamic Caprese Chicken with Fresh Mozzarella and Blistered Cherry Tomatoes

Balsamic Caprese Chicken with Fresh Mozzarella and Blistered Cherry Tomatoes

The chilly spring days have quickly turned to warmer weather and signal the beginning of the grilling season. The charcoal grill has moved to front and center as a primary method of cooking in our house. When grilling an entree, dinner gets to the table quickly, and there is little to no clean up. A win-win situation all around. Seasoning fish, chicken, beef and pork with a dry spice rub or a liquid marinade are easy and straightforward methods to impart extra flavor to grilled meats. With ingredients already...

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