Butternut Squash and Green Bean Risotto

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Cooking video, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Side dish | Comments Off on Butternut Squash and Green Bean Risotto

Butternut Squash and Green Bean Risotto

I was never a fan of making risotto.  The slow process of adding cupful by cupful of stock to rice and stirring constantly while it was almost absorbed seemed painful to me.  Inevitably I either had the heat too high resulting in the stock being absorbed quickly.  The result was a batch of crunchy, undercooked rice.  Or I had the heat too low.  My risotto ended up being a pot of mush after all my stirring and stirring and stirring. Butternut Squash and Green Bean Risotto is a recipe that needs little...

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Mac and Cheese Bites

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Make ahead, Pasta, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Side dish | 1 comment

Mac and Cheese Bites

Anything small is big. Pick up a foodie magazine and there will undoubtedly be a recipe for a small version of a favorite food. Slider-sized burgers made of ground beef or turkey, mini lobster rolls, shots of gazpacho or clam chowder, and bite-sized chicken tacos. The culinary world is in love with “The Mini.” As I was planning for a client’s birthday barbecue bash, I suggested Mac and Cheese Bites – a macaroni and double cheese one-bite appetizer or side dish. I have served these cheesy...

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Summer Slaw

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in Cooking video, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Side dish, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Summer Slaw

Summer Slaw

Looking for a side dish recipe to perk up a lackluster dinner?  Add a spark to your meal with my recipe for Summer Slaw. The salad contains a rainbow of colors and is loaded with a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits tossed with a sweet and tangy dressing. As alternative to traditional cole slaw, Summer Slaw includes tender baby spinach, tart apples, red onion, shredded green cabbage, plump Jersey blueberries, and crunchy sunflower seeds combined with a homemade honey Dijon dressing. With ingredients that you...

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Fresh Herb and Zucchini Pie

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Breakfast, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Side dish, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Fresh Herb and Zucchini Pie

Fresh Herb and Zucchini Pie

It does not matter how many times some recipes are made; they are always a welcome sight around the dinner table.  Fresh Herb and Zucchini Pie is one such recipe that I know my family and friends love.  So much so that I make 2 pies to ensure I have a leftover slice or two in the refrigerator for a late night snack or quick lunch.  The pie screams of summer with verdant zucchini, parsley and oregano fresh from a farmers’ market or backyard garden and baked with creamy cheddar and mozzarella cheeses and fresh...

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Quinoa Salad with Grapes and Pine Nuts

Posted by on Jun 22, 2013 in Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Side dish, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Quinoa Salad with Grapes and Pine Nuts

Quinoa Salad with Grapes and Pine Nuts

The summer months are a time for cookouts, picnics, and impromptu parties.  Instead of preparing one of the old picnic standby dishes such as potato salad, cole slaw, or fruit salad for your next party, shake up the menu with something new.  Reach for a new ingredient to many pantries and prepare a cool and fruity Quinoa Salad with Grapes and Pine Nuts. Even though quinoa is a seed, it is often used interchangeably with grains.   The versatile ingredient can be substituted in recipes that call for barley,...

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Warm Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Mango Chutney Dressing

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Side dish | Comments Off on Warm Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Mango Chutney Dressing

Warm Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Mango Chutney Dressing

Sometimes all a meal needs is an impressive side dish.  Usually, the entree is the star of the meal.  But with a side dish such as Warm Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Mango Chutney Dressing, the entree takes a back seat. I recently made this salad for a personal chef client of mine.  As I was packaging it for the refrigerator, my client walked into the kitchen and started to nibble on a roasted sweet potato.  Then another, and another, and another.  The four serving side dish was now a three serving side...

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