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!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Personal Chef Cook Day 10-27-2014

My new client does not like processed meats.  I can understand that, they are loaded with chemicals.  So, I got a book on charcuterie and started on this wonderful adventure of making sausages.  

If you have ever purchased Andouille or chorizo sausages, you know they are good.  But when you grind your own fresh pork and add all the right spices, they are out-of-this-world!  You won't see me buying sausages again.  

My client loved my Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Gumbo!

I would love to hear from you.  What sausages have you made?

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?