Thursday, June 18, 2015

Personal Chef Cook Day 06-17-2015

My client gave me a challenge to recreate a dish they had on vacation.  They described it as not being too sweet, but with the right balance of basil to round out the flavors.  

I recreated this recipe four times (thank you to my eager taste testers), and I felt it was finally balanced as my clients had described.  

Apricot Basil Chicken 


The reason it took so long was it is hard to find apricot preserves without high fructose corn syrup or sugar as the first ingredient.  You need to taste the apricot favor, but not feel like you are eating jelly on top of your chicken!  

These two products made the dish perfect, O Champagne Vinegar and Bonnie Maman Apricot Preserves.  

My client said, "This tastes better than what we had on vacation!"  

Can I make you this dish for you?




Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!!

Today, I will remember the ones who have passed on and the ones who are still with me.  Thank you for your service and bravery.  You are all heroes.

For my celebration, of course, I made a new recipe to test on my friends and family (lets face it, by now they expect it).

Coconut Milk Strawberry Ice Cream.  Need I say more.  It sounds as good as it tastes.  One of my client's has an allergy to dairy.  She was telling me how much she misses ice cream.  So I will surprise her with...


Coconut Milk Strawberry Ice Cream

I am sure she is going to love it as much as my friends and family did!


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Happy Anniversary 05/2015

Happy Anniversary to me!

Eight years ago I started my personal chef business.  If it weren’t for my friend Kristi, I wouldn’t be here today cooking for all of you!

My cooking and baking have improved so much since I started taking cooking classes from professional restaurant chefs.  I have expanded my knowledge of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and so many more special diets.


I love my job!  

Thank you to all my clients for this wonderful life.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Personal Chef Cook Day 03-09-2015

I love Sundays.  I bake and cook most of the day.  I know, it is what I do as a job, but I love it!  

I have been baking gluten-free snacks for a client.  Some have been awful and most have been really good.  I mean so good, that they cannot believe it is gluten-free.  (I leave them the recipe for proof.)

While I was on vacation last week, they called to tell me, "These are the best cinnamon muffins you have ever made.  We love them!"

That made me so HAPPY!!!  My clients are the BEST!!!

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Muffins

If you have made a wonderful gluten-free baked good, please leave me a post.  Thanks :)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Dirty Dozen List for 2015

Did you read The Dirty Dozen List from the Environmental Working Group?  I keep this list on my phone so I can buy organic produce when shopping for my clients.

Living in Michigan makes it hard to buy most organic produce.  So, I wash produce in a water and vinegar solution.  It removes 98 percent of surface pesticides and bacteria like E. coli and salmonella.

Below is the list of produce with the most pesticide residue.  If you eat any produce from this list, I would recommend always buying organic.

·      Apples
·      Peaches
·      Nectarines
·      Strawberries
·      Grapes
·      Celery
·      Spinach
·      Sweet Bell Peppers
·      Cucumber
·      Cherry Tomatoes
·      Snap Peas
·      Potatoes
·      Hot Peppers
·      Blueberries
·      Lettuce
·      Kale 
·      Collard Greens

Let me know how you feel about pesticides on your produce?   


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Let's Make This World Better!

You know I don't ask for much, but I need your help in making this world a better place.

My friend Brad Irwin is a very compassionate person for people in need. I first met Brad when he asked me to be the Party Planner for “The World’s Biggest House Party” for Habitat for Humanity.  Every time we spoke, you could feel how big his heart was in helping others.

Brad yearned to do more, so he started his own company, B.T. Irwin, LLC to help organizations make a greater difference in our communities.  

Here is where I need your help.  

Brad was accepted to a very exclusive Ivy League Social Impact Leadership Program (only 35 people are choose from around the world!).  He is trying to come up with the money to attend this eight-month training program.  So, he launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.  He is giving some cool perks, depending on how much you donate.  If you can donate, please do.  This world needs more Brad Irwin’s to make it a better place for all human beings.  

For more information, please read Brad's blog post that links directly to the crowdfunding site.

Thank you so much for helping Brad!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Personal Chef Top 10 Lists for 2014

I keep seeing all these top 10 lists for 2014.  That got me thinking about what were the 10 top dishes I made for my clients in 2014.

Top 10 Dinners:

10. Chicken Pot Pie
9.   Shrimp Steeped with Oregano, Tomatoes and Feta Cheese
8.   Salmon Stuffed with Herbed Cream Cheese
7.   Bacon and Swiss Mini Meatloaves
6.   Maple Mustard Glazed Pork Chops
5.   Shepherd’s Pie
4.   Halibut with Lemon-Dill Buerre Blanc Sauce
3.   Jambalaya
2.   Chicken Cacciatore
1.   My Secret Spaghetti Sauce

Top 10 Dinner Parties & Romantic Dinners:

10. Veal Chops with Rosemary Butter
9.   Roasted Rack of Lamb
8.   Sea Bass Piccata
7.   Roast Pork Tenderloin with Mustard-Tarragon Sauce
6.   Walnut-Crusted Salmon
5.   Lamb Chops with Dried Cherries and Port
4.   Veal Scalloppini with Gorgonzola Sauce
3.   Beef Medallions with Red Wine Sauce   
2.   Roasted Shrimp with Champagne-Shallot Sauce
1.   Filet Mignon with Mushroom Wine Sauce 

Top 10 Gourmet Cooking Lessons:

10. Salads & Homemade Salad Dressings
9.   French Foods
8.   Appetizers
7.   Desserts
6.   Bacon Wrapped Meats
5.   Summer Salads
4.   Rack of Lamb
3.   Pork Tenderloin & Pork Chops
2.   Chicken
1.   Italian Foods 
  

Whatever you desire to eat or learn to cook for your next meal, I can make it happen.   Contact me today!