Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Citrus Glaze

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Breakfast, Dessert, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Citrus Glaze

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Citrus Glaze

While growing up, my mom always had a sweet treat on our kitchen counter.  Whether it was Great Aunt Rose’s pound cake, apple pie bars, or sour cream blueberry coffee cake, you could always count on a homemade baked good in our kitchen.  I have continued this baking tradition in my home. Stop by my kitchen and there is rarely a time when I don’t have a muffin, cookie or brownie waiting to be enjoyed with a steaming cup of coffee or icy cold glass of milk.  One frequently baked and family favorite sweet is...

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Anytime Frittata

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Breakfast, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Anytime Frittata

Anytime Frittata

As a personal chef, my job keeps me running for most of the day. Many times I am packing 2 meals to eat on the go.  An indispensable dish that can easily be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner is a frittata. The versatile egg dish that is baked in the oven is loaded with protein and vegetables to keep me going all day long. A frittata is the Italian cousin to the omelet or the crustless quiche. It is baked in a non-stick, ovenproof sauté pan.  It is delicious served warm from the oven, at room temperature, or...

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Strawberry Crumb Cake

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Breakfast, Dessert, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Strawberry Crumb Cake

Strawberry Crumb Cake

An Easter table would not be complete without a sweet treat. And there is nothing better to serve than a homemade version of the east coast classic crumb cake. Strawberry Crumb Cake is my take on the beloved New York style crumb cake tailored to the spring season. There is a love affair with crumb cake and almost every New Jerseyan and New Yorker. The origin of the moist yet sturdy pale yellow cake covered with a crumb topping of flour, sugar and butter is in Germany. Originally the cake was yeast dough covered...

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Apple Oat Crumb Bars

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Breakfast, Dessert, Make ahead, Recipes, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Apple Oat Crumb Bars

Apple Oat Crumb Bars

Fall is a time for everything apple. The cooler temperatures just beg for a kitchen to be filled with the inviting and delicious aroma of apples being baked into mile high apple pies, apple bundt cakes, and cinnamon apple muffins. I hopped on the apple bandwagon over the weekend a baked up an apple filled treat for my family and a few friends of my kids that happen by my kitchen. While working at a gourmet market about 10 years ago, I was continually developing seasonally recipes for the cookies, bars, cakes, and...

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Mini Quiches in Breadbaskets

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Breakfast, Entrees, Make ahead, Recipes | Comments Off on Mini Quiches in Breadbaskets

Mini Quiches in Breadbaskets

It is that time of year again. Alarm clocks are set. Clothes are laid out. New backpacks are filled with sharpened pencils, crisp sheets of loose leaf paper, and folders in every color of the rainbow. The school bells are ringing and kids are heading back to school after an all-to-short summer vacation. If your house is anything like mine, the weekday morning ritual can be hectic at times. Someone always needs a form filled out and signed. The shorts to a cross country uniform needed for a meet that afternoon are...

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Irish Soda Bread

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Breakfast, Cooking video, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Side dish | Comments Off on Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

My husband is Irish. He is one of those fair-skinned Irishmen that call his sunburn “an Irish tan.” He comes from a large Catholic family and has multiple siblings and cousins named Mary Katherine and Patrick. And he is known to enjoy a beer or 2. So when March rolls around each year, he would like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all month long. An Irish feast of corned beef and cabbage graces our dinner table at least a couple times during March. My husband would be ecstatic if we had this traditional Irish...

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