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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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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Fresh Vegetable Spring Rolls

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Appetizers, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Side dish, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Fresh Vegetable Spring Rolls

Fresh Vegetable Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are the fresh counterpart to fried egg rolls. They are loaded with bright green lettuce leaves, thin rice noodles or vermicelli, bean sprouts, and crunchy matchsticks of carrots, cucumbers, red peppers.  The spring rolls will a welcome addition to the menu when served with a peanutty sauce enhanced with sweet and spicy hoisin sauce.   Making spring rolls is easy with a little practice. Having all the ingredients prepped and assembled is the key to success. Slicing the super fresh and crisp...

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Roasted Maple Salmon with Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Entrees, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Seafood, Side dish | Comments Off on Roasted Maple Salmon with Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Maple Salmon with Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

A popular New Year’s resolution is to adopt a healthy eating style. But a nutritious diet is many times derailed by complicated and lengthy recipes. Cook a wholesome dinner on a single sheet pan to keep on track for a healthier you in 2016. A large sheet pan is typically 18 inches by 12 inches and is indispensable in the kitchen. I love using them for roasting big batches of butternut squash, carrots, and red onions, baking a whole cut up chicken, and preparing dinner in single pan. The idea of cooking dinner in...

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Fennel, Apple and Radish Slaw Salad with Pecans and Blue Cheese

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Side dish | Comments Off on Fennel, Apple and Radish Slaw Salad with Pecans and Blue Cheese

Fennel, Apple and Radish Slaw Salad with Pecans and Blue Cheese

A crunchy red, white and blue salad is an ideal addition to a 4th of July menu. Fennel, Apple and Radish Slaw Salad with Pecans and Blue Cheese is a refreshing and patriotic side dish to take to a picnic, barbecue, or potluck this holiday weekend. The unique combination of ingredients is a tantalizing mix of savory, sweet, salty and tangy-tart flavors. Fennel, which is also known anise, tastes faintly like licorice. The sweet apples and blueberries, the spicy radishes and crisp celery are fruits and vegetables...

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Irish Soda Bread

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Breakfast, Cooking video, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Side dish | Comments Off on Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

My husband is Irish. He is one of those fair-skinned Irishmen that call his sunburn “an Irish tan.” He comes from a large Catholic family and has multiple siblings and cousins named Mary Katherine and Patrick. And he is known to enjoy a beer or 2. So when March rolls around each year, he would like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all month long. An Irish feast of corned beef and cabbage graces our dinner table at least a couple times during March. My husband would be ecstatic if we had this traditional Irish...

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