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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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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All-American Burgers

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Beef, Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on All-American Burgers

All-American Burgers

There are a few recipes that should be in everyone’s culinary repertoire.  Armed with recipes for pasta with homemade basil marinara, sautéed lemon chicken breasts, roasted herb pork tenderloin, grilled dill salmon, and All American Burgers, dinner will never be boring. It is easy enough to grab a package of preformed burger patties and toss them on the grill for a quick dinner.  But all the patties are only plain ground beef formed into burgers.  With a few extra minutes of prep, ground beef can be elevated...

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Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Beef, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Soup | Comments Off on Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

St. Patrick’s Day is a high holy day in our house.  We have always celebrated the Irish holiday with a traditional boiled corned beef and cabbage dinner around the kitchen table.  A desire to shake up how I was going to prepare the Irish feast this year lead me to tweak my recipe.  I enlisted a tried and true kitchen appliance to do most of the work for my Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup. Even though corned beef and cabbage is synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day, it is more of an American meal than...

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Individual Shepherd’s Pies

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Beef, Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Individual Shepherd’s Pies

Individual Shepherd’s Pies

Shepherd’s pie is comfort food that is always welcome at the dinner table; especially so when the winter temperatures dip below freezing. Individual servings of my version of the classic dish can be served for dinner tonight or stored in the freezer for a dinner at the ready any night of the week. The origin of shepherd’s pie also known as cottage pie is from the English and Irish kitchens of the late 1800s. It was a hearty meat pie casserole with a rich lamb or beef and vegetable filling hidden under a...

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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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