Category Archives: Cooking advice

Easter Sunday Menu Ideas

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With Easter just a few days away, it seems like a good time to suggest some recipes for a meal—whether you are planning Easter dinner or brunch. Continue reading


Last-Minute Gift Ideas

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One of the challenges of working as a personal chef is that I am often so busy in the time leading up to the holidays that I barely have time to plan celebrating with—or purchasing gifts for—my own family and friends.

I can’t tell you what I’m doing for them this year (because many of them read this blog), but here are some ideas if you are still trying to come up with something for your friends and family. Continue reading

Seahawks Super Bowl Sunday

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Here in the Northwest, we are excited for Sunday.

I have been a fan of the Seahawks from the team’s inception, so it is exciting they are heading back to the Super Bowl. It seems so surreal, however. My mom and I watched Jim Zorn and Steve Largent lead the Seahawks in the early years. Oddly, my dad and two brothers were never really into sports, while my mom and I would be yelling at the television and jumping up and down after exciting plays. Continue reading

Whole30 Menu Planning, Part IV

plated steakIf you’re doing a month of the Whole30 challenge, it should be winding down for you now.

Here’s a recipe for Mexican Braised Beef (see photo above, and recipe below) that I found on the blog Nom Nom Paleo. I served it with fresh greens, Sweet Potato Fries (prepared like the Parsnip Fries from last week’s post), and guacamole (I’ll post that recipe tomorrow). Continue reading

Whole30 Menu Planning, Part III

Turkey chili - paleo

Happy Monday!

Here are some meal-planning ideas for another week of Whole30-compliant eating. As promised, I am including a chili recipe. It’s basically a variation on my popular Turkey Chili, but without the beans and with more vegetables (see below). Continue reading

Whole30 Staples

One of the ways to make it easier to complete the Whole30 challenge is to stock your pantry and fridge with some of the staples and substitutes you’ll need to follow the guidelines.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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Whole30 Menu Planning, Part II

IMG_1650To help with planning menus that fit the challenge, I decided to post four or five suggestions each Monday that give you almost a week’s worth of dinner options (especially if you make enough for leftovers). Continue reading

Whole30 Menu Ideas

p egg w cake 3I hope my posts about the Whole30 challenge have at least inspired you to visit the website and check it out, or maybe even made you consider doing it yourself.

Don’t worry that you missed a January 2 start date—you can decide to start the challenge at any time, though I recommend sticking with it for the full 30 days so you can really tell whether it’s making a difference in how you feel. Last year, my husband lost 21 pounds on the challenge, so he decided to do it with me again this year.

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Fourth of July Barbecue Ideas

July 4th falls on a Wednesday this year, which is fine for those who can take a week’s vacation, but not so wonderful for people who have just one day off.

For the holiday—and for the upcoming barbecue and picnic season—I thought I’d share some menu ideas using some of the many recipes that we have published on the blog over the past year. Continue reading

Perfect Pesto

Earlier this year I had a fair amount of arugula remaining from an event. Because I also had walnuts in my freezer (I keep them there to prevent them from turning rancid), I decided to make pesto—to be used at a later date. Continue reading