Sunday, September 7, 2014

Prosciutto 09-2014

Happy Fall!

Our prosciutto is done curing.  This is the best one yet.  Look at how beautiful the meat is.  It is perfect!!


Prosciutto Leg 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Personal Chef Recipe Testing 04-2014

Happy Spring Everyone!

It seems most of my clients request low calorie dinners right after the holidays. However, they want the meals made from real ingredients, not from low-fat or non-fat products (too much sugar and chemicals).


The most requested dish is Fettuccine Alfredo.  Let face the facts, it is good and silky because of the fat.  Cream, butter and cheese.

These past couple of months I have been testing all the different ways to replace the fat, but none of them tasted right or had the silkily consistency.  I thought I was doomed.

Then I found Chef Rocco DiSpirito.  He is a genius on making low-fat versions with real ingredients.  My clients love every dish I have made from this cookbooks, especially the Fettuccine Alfredo.


Low-Fat Fettuccine Alfredo


What dish have you transformed?  Please leave me a post.



Monday, January 27, 2014

Prosciutto Class 2014-01-26

My husband and I took our third prosciutto class yesterday.  We love being part of a large Italian family for a day.  This year we add a pork loin that is done the same way as the prosciutto, but is ready to eat in half the time.  Can't wait for Easter to get here!


Trimming the Prosciutto


Trimming with Mr. Prosciutto


Salting the Prosciutto


Salting the Pork Loin


Prosciutto with Salt Removed


Peppering the Prosciutto


Prosciutto Hanging Room

I would like to hear from you.  Please post if you have dry-cured meat.   











Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Personal Chef Recipe Testing 12-2013

Last night at 7:30 my husband tells me he needs a dish for his department holiday party on Thursday.  He only had two demands; it must be something that can sit out most of the day (and still taste great) and require no cooking by him.

Of course, without missing a beat, I said, "Take a bag of chips."  He replied, "But you're a chef and everyone at works knows it, so it has to be really good."  I smiled and said, "How about roasted cinnamon almonds?"  He said "That would be perfect!"

They are so good that I may have to make more because I can't stop eating them!!  


Roasted Cinnamon Almonds
    
Please post your favorite holiday snack?

Friday, November 22, 2013

Personal Chef Recipe Testing 11-2013

Today is my sister's birthday and I wanted to surprise her with Gluten-Free Turtle Brownies.  They were so delicious!!

Happy Birthday!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Personal Chef Recipe Testing 11-2013

I am very excited today, because I made a real gluten-free loaf of bread!  My sister told me she has a friend who was making her own gluten-free bread at home and it was delicious.  I had to know her secret.

Come to find out, she was using King Arthur Flour Gluten-free Bread Mix.  Now I am very leery about making anything from a box, because I would rather make it from scratch, which is just how I am.  But King Arthur Flour has converted me.

What a beautiful loaf of bread.  Thank you King Arthur Flour!



If you have tried any other gluten-free mixes from KAF, please post how you liked them.  Bake on!





Monday, October 14, 2013

Personal Chef Recipe Testing 10-2013

Last week, I started thinking about Christmas goodies that I make for my clients.  I know what you’re thinking, but I like to plan ahead.

This year some of my treats are going to have to be different since a few of my clients have a gluten allergy.  I have been testing various gluten-free flours and products to see what the best for baking is.  As it turns out, my client's favorite new cookie doesn't even have flour in the recipe.

Flour-less Cinnamon Pecan & Walnut Cookies

This recipe is so versatile, that you can use allspice or apple pie spice, or cardamom.  They were all delicious!  Next, I am doing to dip them into vanilla white chocolate!

Everything tastes better dipped in chocolate, right?