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Gruyere Gougeres

With the holiday season approaching rapidly, I am always looking for fun finger foods/appetizers to give to my guests at our parties. These Gruyere Gougeres are fantastic for a party – they’re light, tasty, vegetarian, and who doesn’t love a Cheese Puff? The great thing about this recipe is you can make these in advanced, freeze them, and then heat them up in less than 15 minutes to serve at your party! This recipe makes a huge batch, so it’s great for this!

Chicken Chasseur

One of my favorite clients gave me a cookbook that her family friend/cousin wrote, My Beverly Hills Kitchen, and slowly but surely, I’ve been cooking my way through it both on my own, and for aforementioned client. This week, I did the Chicken Chasseur – a French dish made up of Chicken Breasts, in a White Wine, Lemon Cream Sauce, with Mushrooms and Tomato and then topped with fresh basil. Hello flavor! This dish looks and smells incredibly impressive, but is SO easy to do! I call dishes like this a “quick braise” – meaning, for the majority of the time, you’re cooking your protein in some kind of liquid. Usually when braising things like red meat, you’d braise for 3+ hours – chicken however, braises super quick, and the jus (or liquid) that comes out as a result is delicious. Try this for your next dinner party, or for ...

Sara's Thanksgiving Special

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays (Christmas being my absolute favorite), but truly Thanksgiving is so special to me on so many levels. For as long as I can remember, my mom always hosted Thanksgiving at our house in Long Island. She always outdid herself, cooking up a small feast for family, friends, random drop-in’s, basically anyone with a mouth that came in any close proximity to her kitchen. Everything was made completely from scratch (just like with all of her meals), and not only was the food absolutely incredible, but she was an exuberant host, always making everyone laugh, and bringing the whole family together. It is a tradition and holiday that means family to me. When my mom got too sick to host Thanksgiving anymore, I decided to step up, and take over the onerous task of filling her shoes. So in 2011, I hosted ...

Southwestern Salad with a Cilantro Lime Yogurt Dressing

I love all things Tex Mex, Southwestern, and Mexican – so to go along with a Carne Adovada that I was making (recipe and blog post to follow soon), I wanted to make a fun un-salad salad on the side. By un-salad I mean that I am not usually a salad person (with the exception of my Caesar Salad). I hate salads that make you feel like you’re taking a bite out of the forest floor, filled with “twigs and figs” as my mom used to say. That’s why I love this salad…. It feels less like a salad, and more like a deconstructed vegetarian taco. I added in all my favorite taco fillings and toppings – beans, corn, tomato, avocado, cheddar cheese, and scallions – mixed it with crispy romaine lettuce, and tossed it in a bright Cilantro Lime Yogurt dressing. As an added crunchy bonus, I crisped up ...

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

I have been experimenting a lot lately with gluten free recipes, especially desserts, and today I came up with this delicious and easy cookie recipe. I am not gluten free by any stretch of the imagination…in fact gluten is one of my main food groups….but I have a lot of clients/friends who are gluten free which is why I have been getting so into GF cooking. I love this recipe because first off, you can make it in one bowl (read: easy cleanup) and second, it’s delicious (the key to 100% of a chef’s driving motivation). I also have enjoyed using some really quality ingredients that have become a staple in my baking such as coconut sugar (not processed white/brown sugar) and almond flour. If you’re not into the whole coconut vibe, feel free to leave that part out and substitute it with more chocolate chips….or nuts….or white chocolate chips…really ...

Gluten Free Fall Spice Mini Muffins

I have a lot of clients who are Gluten Free, and I like coming up with different dessert/snack options that still taste great, but use Gluten Free ingredients. Yesterday I experimented with a Fall Spice Muffin recipe, and with a few tweeks, came up with this awesome and delicious recipe that tastes like Fall in a bite. I made this recipe into mini-muffins because personally, I can never eat a whole regular muffin, it's just too much for me. So with one bite, you get a nice little snack with a hint of sugar & spice, and don't feel guiltly about it! I substituted Coconut Sugar for regular processed sugar, and used Almond Milk (another product I am becoming a fan of) instead of regular dairy milk. These are a great dessert to bring to a friend's house for brunch or dinner - they are super easy to make, and ...

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