Sunday, July 9, 2017

Personal Chef Recipe Testing 07/2017

Last week I was telling my client about these Apple Pie Bars that Ina Garten had made on her new show, Barefoot Contessa: Cooking Like A Pro.  Well, they had to have them for their Fourth of July party and they had to be gluten-free.

The next day, I started recipe testing to make them gluten-free.  My first attempt was soggy.  So, I tweaked the recipe and tried a different flour combination and changed the liquid ratios.  

Wow!  Fireworks were going off in my kitchen.  The shortbread bottom was crunchy and buttery.  The apples in the middle were just like a juicy apple pie. And the crumb topping with walnuts was just as buttery and crunchy as the bottom.  It was so good!

My client said the bars were "perfect".  They also told me, next Thanksgiving, no pie, only Apple Pie Bars!  I so agree.

What was the best dessert you made for the Fourth of July?  Leave me a post and a photo.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Personal Chef Cook Day 05/16/17

Happy Memorial Day!  To all the veterans, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

I can't believe it's May 27!  Time is fleeting by too fast. 

Speaking of time, this month is my 10th anniversary of my business.  This journey has been more than I expected, it has been soul fulfilling.  My clients are the BEST!

Here is a picture menu:

Vegan and Gluten-Free Vegetable Pot Pie

Vegan and Gluten-Free Pancakes

Green Bean Stir-Fry with Indian Spices
on a Sweet Potato

Vegan and Gluten-Free Butternut Squash
Macaroni and Cheese

Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful Memorial Day!

It's summer and you don't want to be in a hot kitchen.  Contact me for a quote on a meal service.  Get out and enjoy your summer!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Personal Chef Cook Day 04/25/17

Happy Sunday!

I hope all of you had a great week.  I am grateful the rain has stopped and the sun is shining here!!

Cooked for two clients this week, one vegan and the other gluten-free.

Here is a picture menu:

Vegan and Gluten-Free Three Vegetable Pasta
with Tarragon-Basil Pesto

Vegan Coconut Lime Butternut Squash Fried Rice

Vegan Basmati Rice and Curry Casserole

Gluten-Free Chicken Thighs in Tarragon-Mustard Sauce 

Green Beans and Carrot Medley

It is party season!  If you have a small party coming up and you would like a quote, contact me here

Thank you for reading.  Please post your comments below.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Personal Chef Cook Day 04/13/17

Happy Spring!  I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  The weather here is perfect.

So, I didn't post too much lately.  The last two weeks of March, I was sick with the flu.  I haven't had the flu in over 14 years!  

Last week, I cooked for two clients that I had to reschedule due to me being sick.

Here is a picture menu:

Gluten-Free Turkey Pasta Primavera

Kung Pao Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Baked Greek Shrimp

Gluten-Free Salisbury Steak 
with Mushrooms and Madeira

Vegan Thai Baked Sweet Potatoes

Summer is around the corner.  If you want to save time in the kitchen and more time to enjoy summer, contact me about one of my dinner services.  

Thanks for reading.  Now get outside!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Dirty Dozen List for 2017

The Evironmental Working Group has posted the Dirty Dozen List.  See the list here.  And, now they have a new Healthy Living App to help you buy better products and personal care items.

Living in Michigan makes it hard to buy 100% organic produce.  However, over the last couple of years, I have seen the inventory increase dramatically.  When I can’t get produce organic, 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 with the most pesticide residue.  If you eat any produce from this list, I would recommend always buying organic.

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potatoes
Do you use the EWG's list or app when shopping?  Let me know by posting a comment.

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Personal Chef Cook Day 02/02/17

Happy Sunday!!

I was looking back to see what interesting foods I cooked this month and I found three foods I have never shared before.

When I cook meals for my clients, I try my best to make them look great, taste wonderful and make them something they have never had before.

Here is a picture menu of three new dishes:

Thai Peanut Chicken with Sweet Potato Noodles

Gluten-Free Savory Amaranth Fritters

Thai-Poached Beets

Post a new recipe you have made.  

Thanks for reading and posting.

Personal Chef Recipe Testing 07/2017

Last week I was telling my client about these Apple Pie Bars that Ina Garten had made on her new show, Barefoot Contessa: Cooking Like A Pro...