Late Summer Lobster Rolls

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Seafood | 0 comments

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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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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Irish Lamb Stew with Carrots, Parsnips, Potatoes, Peas and Guinness

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Entrees, Lamb, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Irish Lamb Stew with Carrots, Parsnips, Potatoes, Peas and Guinness

Irish Lamb Stew with Carrots, Parsnips, Potatoes, Peas and Guinness

With people’s busy schedules and the seemingly endless variety of options for dining out, fresh meal delivery services, and prepared meals packaged and waiting at most grocery stores, home cooking seems to be losing its luster. Between working all day, taking kids to countless activities, and keeping up with the daily demands of life, most home cooks are looking for fast, tasty, and premade food to serve to themselves and their families. I look at cooking as a labor of love. And this labor of love takes time to...

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