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Beef Teriyaki

Usually when I go out for Japanese food, I always order sushi – there’s something so great about raw fish, I could probably eat it everyday. But on the rare occasion that I actually want something that has seen a flame or an oven, I go for Teriyaki. This is a great Beef Teriyaki recipe that I came up with which could also be made into Chicken Teriyaki by just substituting out the beef for chicken. I make a large batch of this teriyaki sauce, and just keep it in my fridge in a squeeze bottle to use on all types of dishes like, fish (Salmon Teriyaki is amazing) or on veggies (try this on broccoli - YUM). You can serve this Beef Teriyaki over rice, or go completely unconventional like my husband and I did, and eat it in a tortilla almost like a Japanese fajita!

BBQ Chicken Ballotine

My fellow foodies, I know it's been entirely too long since my last post, but with good reason..... Not only am I still working as a full time private chef for a family in New York City, but 2 weeks ago, my husband and I moved apartments. This is not only exciting because the new apartment is amazing and beautiful, but the kitchen……oh the kitchen…it’s the perfect space for me to create and cook and I couldn’t be happier. So I have been slowly breaking in the new kitchen with some old classic favorites like my Steakhouse Style Porterhouse, and my Whole Roasted Chicken, but last night I felt like doing a riff on an old classic…. I have posted a recipe before for Chicken Ballotine stuffed with my Mom’s homemade Thanksgiving stuffing, here and have decided to revisit the idea of the Ballotine with a new twist. I really ...

Peanut Butter Cookies

My goodness, it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged! I have been working a full time job for the last 3 months, and it’s been incredibly exciting… but also extremely time consuming (hence the lack of blogging). However, today, I have a day off which wonderfully is coinciding with a massive nor’easter that’s about to hit NYC. SO since there’s no going outside, I finally have the time to cook for fun and blog! Recently at my job, I have been coming up with quick and easy baking recipes so as to make desserts in my “free” time between cooking the main meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner. I hate baking, so to me, the easier the recipe, the better. This recipe contains only 4 ingredients, all of which I bet you probably already have in your pantry! You can make these cookies in less than 30 minutes, and ...

Flourless Peanut Butter Brownies

As I have posted time and time again, I am not a huge fan of desserts. Chocolate could sit in front of me for days without me having the slightest desire to eat it. But being a chef, you are required to bake things for your clients, and thus this recipe was created. I like when a dessert has an element of savory to it…and when it comes to chocolate, nothing pairs better than a flakey sea salt. My absolute favorite salt, is Maldon Salt – it’s flakey, delicate and perfect for desserts. It’s a little less harsh than a typical Sea Salt and truly lends itself to being chocolate’s perfect savory companion. These brownies are fantastic in that they’re flourless (so completely Gluten Free), they’re easy, made in 1 bowl (easy cleanup) and are super fudgey! The peanut butter plays a very small role in terms of the taste ...

White Castle Stuffing

I don’t even know where to begin this blog post…. White Castle and I have had a wonderful relationship. My high school friends and I would frequent the local White Castle in Queens, almost every night in the summertime… Risking both our lives and our dignity in the process. I was introduced to “The Castle”, as we called it, during my senior year of high school, and was amazed at how delicious it was. I have never been much of a fast food person…in fact, minus WC (another name for the Castle), I can’t remember the last time I ate at any fast food establishment. But there’s something addictive about those little burgers…maybe it’s the size, maybe it’s the combinations of meat-like products that comprise them, or maybe it’s those perfect little onions that they put on each burger….either way, I can truly say WC is the BEST fast food ...

Potato Pancakes with Salmon and Creme Fraiche

When the Christmas and Hanukah seasons come around, I am always reminded of the foods that I associate with them. Hanukah is basically synonymous with Latkes (potato pancakes) for me. I have blogged latkes before (recipe here) – but this time I changed up my recipe a bit and are calling these Latkes, my "Three-Onion" Potato Pancakes. In this version of latke, I used onion, scallion AND shallot (I know, I am totally out of control). All three of these are from the onion family, but all have such different and delicious tastes that I used a combo of each. I also kept my latke recipe gluten free by using Chickpea Flour instead of All Purpose Flour. You could also sub in Gluten Free AP Flour – either will work! So the idea to top the latkes with a little Crème Fraiche and Salmon came from an article I read ...

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