Sunday, November 1, 2015

Personal Chef Cook Day 08-31-2015

It was close to Labor Day, and the temperature had been hovering close to 90 degrees for days.  Despite the hot temperatures, my client wanted fall soups, stews and apple cake.  Here are three unique dishes I made them to celebrate fall.

I found these little raviolis and I immediately thought I need to make a soup out of these cuties. 

Ravioli Soup

My client loves chicken, so I made a Chicken Stew with Herbed Biscuits.  

Chicken Stew with

Herbed Biscuits

The start of fall makes me want anything apple!  I made this one gluten-free.  It was so good that I made it for some friends and no one could tell it was not made with regular flour.

In the center of this cake is a layer of apples, cinnamon and sugar.  And, then on top it is another layer of apples, cinnamon and sugar again!  It is so good :)

I would love to hear from you.  Post your favorite fall dishes.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Personal Chef Cook Day 07-20-2015

Hello!  I hope your summer is going well.

I know it’s been awhile since I posted a cook day.  I apologize.  

But when you cook almost everyday the last thing I have time for is taking photos, editing photos and posting them (really need an assistant).  So, I thought I would just highlight the dishes you have never seen. 

Italian Beef Macaroni Casserole

Rutabaga & Parsnip Mash with 
Parmesan & Chives


What is your favorite entree?  I would love to hear from you.  Thanks!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Personal Chef Cook Day 07-25-2015

Happy Monday!

Last week my client asked, “Can you make s’mores without a fire?”  I said, “Sure I can.”  She says, “Good, make that for next week’s dessert.”

So, on the drive home I was thinking how am I going to do this!  Then it came to me.  Make them like rice crispy treats.

They turned out better than I expected.  And my client loved them! :)

S'more Bars

Please post how you have transformed a dessert.  Thanks!

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 :)