Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pie Donut Holes

Posted by on Sep 23, 2017 in Dessert, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pie Donut Holes

Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pie Donut Holes

I have a confession to make. I have a sweet tooth, and it is a really big sweet tooth. As the seasons change, so do the cookies, cakes, pies and quick breads I bake to satisfy my sugary addiction. Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pie Donut Holes combine two favorite sweets of mine – pie and donuts. And the mini size makes them the perfect poppable treat. A basic cake batter of flour, sugar, butter and eggs is the basis for the bite-sized spheres. The addition of tart diced apples cooked in homemade caramel sauce and warm...

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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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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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The Best Chocolate Cake Ever – Mini Texas Sheet Cakes

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Dessert, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on The Best Chocolate Cake Ever – Mini Texas Sheet Cakes

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever – Mini Texas Sheet Cakes

I rarely make claims that a recipe is “the best ever.” Many recipes can benefit from a little tweaking. Add an additional one-half cup of dark chocolate chips to make the ultimate chocolate chip cookies. Marinara sauce simmered with fresh basil is leaps and bounds superior to one with dried basil. There is always room for improvement in a recipe. Mini Texas Sheet Cakes are the exception to this rule. Everything is bigger in Texas and so is this larger than life cake. It is without a doubt The Best Chocolate...

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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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