Sunday, March 27, 2016

Personal Chef Cook Day 02-23-2016

Happy Easter!  I hope all of you are having a great time with your families.

I wanted to show you this breakfast muffin I made for my client.  She recently had an allergy food test and found she is allergic to eggs, bananas and gluten.  She thought no more muffins, but I told her I can still make muffins.

I follow many food blogs because my clients all have special food needs and I want help them the best way I can.  One of my favorite blogs is from  Alexis is a Registered Dietitian, so she knows a lot about nutrition.  The recipes I have made are great and they use whole foods, nothing processed (love that)! 

Alexis posted Vegan Blueberry Banana Streusel Muffins (they are gluten-free too).  I thought this recipe is a perfect replacement for my client’s morning muffins.  She used ground flax seed and water to replace the egg.  I tweaked the recipe from using bananas to sweet potatoes.  They were moist and yummy and I didn’t miss the regular ingredients, so I hoped my client wouldn’t either.  I couldn’t wait for my client to try these.

A couple of days after I cooked, my client emailed to ask me exactly what was in those muffins.  She couldn’t believe they were free of all the things she was allergic too.  I called her to reassure her that there were no eggs, bananas or gluten.  We discussed how to shift her attitude to foods she can enjoy and not to focus on the foods she can’t eat.  So, I am working on recreating some of her favorite meals and breakfast recipes. 

I love hearing from all of you.  Tell me what food allergy swaps you do?  Thanks for posting! 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Hello 2016!

So happy all of you could join me in my cooking adventures in 2015. 

2016 will be a remarkable year!

So whatever your goals, make 2016 your best year!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Sunday!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

Today, I wanted to share a Thanksgiving story.  I have a gluten-free client that wanted dinner rolls.  In my recipe search, I found Brioche Rolls from Cup4Cup Flour (my favorite).  I knew these were the rolls to make.

They were AMAZING!!!!  My taste tester (my husband) loved them and couldn’t believe they were gluten-free.  So, I took a fresh batch to my clients’ house and left them on the counter.  She called me and said, “These are the best gluten-free rolls I have ever tasted.  Thank you so much for the thoughtful gift for Thanksgiving.” 

Gluten-Free Brioche Rolls

I love making people happy with my food.

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?