Wedding Cakes and More


AmandaEthan_0723 (1)Here is just a selection of some of the many cakes I have created over the past few years for friends and clients—who are often the same people! Continue reading

A Simple, Elegant Appetizer

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Sometimes it is the simple preparations that make the biggest impression on clients and guests, especially when you highlight fresh ingredients.

Last summer, I was catering an event for a French-American school family, and my clients requested this appetizer. Ever since then, I have tried to work it into menus for other clients. Continue reading

Mardi Gras Gumbo

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It’s Mardi Gras season down in the South, and Fat Tuesday is upon us. For those of you who do not know, Fat Tuesday is today—the day before Ash Wednesday and the last day before Lent begins. Continue reading

A Nice Winter Salad

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It’s easy to associate salads with spring and summer menus, when the farmers’ markets and our gardens are full of fresh vegetables and leafy greens. But I like to serve salads year round, and there’s no reason you can’t find fresh, organic vegetables for your table even in January. Continue reading

Breakfast Change of Pace

Scones and Meatlof 011If you follow this blog, you might have seen the most recent rendition of meatloaf that I posted in November: Turkey, Sweet Potato & Kale Loaf.  The recipe was adapted from a meatloaf I had when I was in Chicago.

While I thought the meatloaf was delicious, my husband will not eat kale. This left me with an entire loaf to consume by myself. Because it was so good, this was not really a hardship, but I did find myself trying to come up with creative ways to serve it. Continue reading

Sweet Potato Oven Fries

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Happy New Year!

Now that we have survived the holiday madness and settled back into life, it is time to get back to blogging. I wanted to share with you one of my go-to side dishes. I enjoy these year long, whether I am on the Whole30 challenge or not. 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

Upscale Grilled Cheese

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Whether I am going out to eat, thumbing through cookbooks, or flipping through magazines, my mind is constantly on the lookout for new ideas and inspiration. In addition, many of my clients share recipes they would like me to try, and so does my mother—as I have mentioned numerous times. Continue reading

12th Man Cookies – Seattle Style

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One day last month, my husband came home from work and told me that he and his office mates had decided to spice up office life a bit by making Wednesdays “cookie hump day.” Each week, a different person was in charge of bringing in cookies, which could be homemade or store bought. When it was Jason’s turn, I had some free time, so I offered to make the week’s cookies. Continue reading

Stuffed Squash

 

Fall creations 037The first restaurant at which I worked in Seattle was Julia’s in Wallingford. I was in charge of creating dinner and lunch specials, and for the most part they were vegetarian or vegan.

Here is a recipe from that time that would be perfect for Thanksgiving, because it will serve a crowd of 12 as a side dish. If you’re serving a smaller crowd, however, it is simple enough to cut the recipe in half (or in thirds) to serve fewer diners. I recently served it as a side with my Turkey, Sweet Potato & Kale Loaf. Continue reading