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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Lemon and Garlic Shrimp Scampi

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Entrees, Gluten Free, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Seafood | 0 comments

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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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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Raspberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken with Toasted Almonds

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Chicken, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Raspberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken with Toasted Almonds

Raspberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken with Toasted Almonds

Do you have a signature dish? It’s the one that you can prepare basically with your eyes closed and still be confident with the finished dish. When it is served at potlucks, dinner parties, or a weeknight dinner with your family, you know it will be received with ooohs and aaahs. If you are still searching for that prefect dish to call your own, I suggest you try Raspberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken with Toasted Almonds. From start to finish, the prep and cooking time is literally about 20 minutes. With its complex...

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Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Tahini Dressing

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Tahini Dressing

Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Tahini Dressing

Bowls. Bowls. Bowls. Everywhere you look there are bowls of food artistically arranged with an endless variety of ingredients. Acai bowls, poke bowls, and smoothie bowls are the hot dining trend of 2017 as plates are traded in for the round vessels. Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Tahini Dressing are one take on the eating style that is taking diners by storm. The preparation of the Greek salad inspired meal-in-a-bowl focuses more on assembly than cooking. The base of each single serving is the nutritional...

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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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