Freezer Fruit and Yogurt Smoothies

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Breakfast, Drinks, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Vegetarian | 0 comments

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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Lemon and Garlic Shrimp Scampi

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Entrees, Gluten Free, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Seafood | Comments Off on Lemon and Garlic Shrimp Scampi

Lemon and Garlic Shrimp Scampi

Scan any Italian restaurant menu and shrimp scampi is bound to be an offering under the seafood options. Luckily, an evening dining out is not necessary to prepare the classic Italian dish. With only a few ingredients and a speedy prep and cooking time, Lemon and Garlic Shrimp Scampi is an easy yet elegant entree to make. I like to keep a bag of frozen wild caught shrimp on hand in the freezer. There are endless ways to prepare them. A quick thaw is all that is needed to get dinner started. If you are lucky enough...

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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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Late Summer Lobster Rolls

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Seafood | Comments Off on Late Summer Lobster Rolls

Late Summer Lobster Rolls

On my frequent trips to the grocery store for my personal chef clients, I always take a peek at the lobster tank. Besides the oysters, mussels and clams (which basically just sit on top of crushed ice) lobsters are the only live creature available at the store. It is fascinating to watch them jockey for space in the their watery home. The price of lobsters dictate if I will pick some up for dinner. When at their peak of around $15 a pound, the hard-shelled spiny fellows only get a glance from me. But during the...

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