Unstuffed Cabbage Meatballs

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Appetizers, Beef, Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Pork, Recipes | Comments Off on Unstuffed Cabbage Meatballs

Unstuffed Cabbage Meatballs

The cool fall temperatures pull me into my kitchen to leisurely prepare hearty stews loaded with tender beef, baby carrots and red potatoes, big pots of thick and creamy soups, and simmering batches of meaty Italian Bolognese sauce.  Some days I’m pressed for time but, still want to prepare a dish filled with that all day, slow cooked taste. That is when I whip up a steaming pot of Unstuffed Cabbage Meatballs.  Stuffed cabbage is one of the ultimate comfort food dishes.  Many ethnic groups including Polish,...

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Mile High Spinach and Sausage Lasagna

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Entrees, Make ahead, Pasta, Personal chef favorite, Pork, Recipes | Comments Off on Mile High Spinach and Sausage Lasagna

Mile High Spinach and Sausage Lasagna

Cooking dinner for a family can be challenging. Each person has different likes and dislikes when it comes to eating.  And with today’s busy daily schedules, families may eat in shifts depending on the activities of the day.  One dish that is sure to delight is lasagna. Made with crowd pleasing pasta, a sauce studded with Italian spiced sausage, and three flavorful cheeses, Mile High Spinach and Sausage Lasagna will be a family favorite around the dinner table.  I always kind of winged it when I made lasagna....

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Better Than Takeout Fried Rice

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Pork, Recipes, Side dish | Comments Off on Better Than Takeout Fried Rice

Better Than Takeout Fried Rice

After spending my days cooking for personal chef clients, I am always on the lookout for a quick fix dinner loaded with flavorful and healthy ingredients to make at home.  My recipe for Better Than Takeout Fried Rice cooks up quickly.  I can enjoy a relaxing and nutritious dinner after a long day in the kitchen in only about 20 minutes. There are a couple keys to making fried rice better than the local Chinese restaurant.  One is to make the rice in advance and store in in the refrigerator until completely...

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BLT Bites

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Appetizers, Make ahead, Pork, Recipes | Comments Off on BLT Bites

BLT Bites

Entertaining can be stressful. To make holiday parties less hectic, have a go-to appetizer in your recipe repertoire.  BLT Bites are easy to make, fun to eat, and great tasting.  They will be a hit at any Christmas or New Year’s party this holiday season. It can be a daunting task to think of an appetizer to make for a party at your own home or at a family or friends’ house. With long holiday to do lists, spending hours in the kitchen preparing hors d’oeurves is just not in the cards.  A perfect appetizer...

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Pasta e Fagioli

Posted by on Dec 6, 2015 in Appetizers, Entrees, Make ahead, Pasta, Personal chef favorite, Pork, Recipes, Soup | Comments Off on Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli

It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. The short days mean hurrying to make the most of the day. Decorating the home for the holidays, visiting with family and friends, and shopping for gifts all while still keeping up with the daily activities of work and school can be overwhelming. Preparing a meal or two in advance makes dinnertime a no stress affair. I like to have a couple quarts of a hearty soup such as Pasta e Fagioli on hand. That way I know a delicious dinner for my family...

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Mini Thai Meatballs with Coconut Red Curry Sauce

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Appetizers, Beef, Entrees, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Pork, Recipes | Comments Off on Mini Thai Meatballs with Coconut Red Curry Sauce

Mini Thai Meatballs with Coconut Red Curry Sauce

Can a recipe for certain entrée or side dish can be made ahead of time is a cooking question I frequently get asked. As a personal chef, this is one of my areas of expertise. The cooking I do for my clients centers around preparing dishes that taste wonderful and fresh whenever they are reheated and served. Mini Thai Meatballs with Coconut Red Curry Sauce is one such dish that reheats beautifully after a couple days in the refrigerator or a couple months in the freezer. For many of us, the day is filled with...

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