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Healthy, personalized, and delicious meals for the week and special occasions – a personal chef in your kitchen.

I cook because cooking is very personal and individualized; where you can share your journey and discover others. The act of creating something extraordinary out of nothing with a few simple ingredients.

Aisles of the Grocery Store

As a general rule of thumb, the perimeter of a grocery store has healthier, fresher, and less processed food items.  Most foods – some still have hidden sugars like pre-made salad dressings and sauces – are healthy and fresh. The middle aisles carry more processed foods such as chips, crackers, packaged cookies, condiments which tend … Read More

One Pot Dishes or Casseroles

Some of my favorite dishes to make are one pot wonders and casseroles.  Every ingredient is in one spot – protein, starch, vegetable.  You could still make a side dish or large salad, but every component of a meal is in one pot!  One of the best parts is there’s only one dish to clean … Read More

Shred Chicken Easily

Two ways: stand mixer or two forks The quickest and most efficient way to shred chicken is in a stand mixer, such as a Kitchen Aid.  First, bake chicken or poach/simmer in a pot for about 20-25 minutes, then while hot, add to a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.  Turn on and let the … Read More

Flavor Up Your Water

Infused water – add flavor to your water to enhance and look fancy!  This also can add vitamins and minerals, while making for yummy snacks after the water is gone.  Refrigerate your flavored water overnight or the morning of.  One of my favorite things to do is freeze ice cubes with a berry and/or mint … Read More

National Grilled Cheese Day

National Grilled Cheese Day April 12th – I’ve been celebrating now 4 years with different breads and cheeses.  I usually serve this with the classic tomato soup or a different flavored soup.  A very cozy comforting lunch or dinner.   I’ve made sandwiches with whole wheat bread, sourdough, colby and pepper jack cheeses, and brie.  Along … Read More

Variety of Flours

There are so many different types of flour, all with specific names.  What is the difference?  The most common type is all purpose flour (unbleached and bleached) you can use universally.  Great for baking, thickening sauces or soups, breakfast foods, making pastas and homemade bread, etc.  I set out to find out all the differences … Read More

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