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Mexican Sweet Corn Dip with Homemade Chips

Tonight, my husband and I are going over to our friend’s apartment downtown for dinner and I wanted to bring a delicious appetizer that wouldn’t be too filling to eat before the main event. Recently I have been buying fresh corn on the cob and they have been beautiful! The corn has been bright yellow, and super sweet. I have been using it in everything from quinoa, to chili or just making it plain sauteed with a little butter and salt– so today I wanted to feature this incredible ingredient in a fun Mexican style dip with Homemade Tortilla chips. I have been making my own tortilla chips lately as well because I like to be able to control the salt content on my chips. It is so easy and quick to make your own chips, not to mention, so much cheaper! All you need are corn tortillas (I like ...

Tate's Copycat Chocolate Chip Cookies

My husband is one of those guys who can eat anything and everything and never gains weight – an affliction I wish I could have been blessed with, but I digress. He usually eats quite healthy but over the past few years I have figured out his major weakness: A good chocolate chip cookie. I usually try to have a homemade baked good made at all times for us to nosh on, but with a busy work schedule, and my hatred for baking, sometimes I fall short – feel free to put me at the top of the ‘Worst Wives List’. So recently with such a busy schedule, instead of making cookies, I’ve been ordering him Tate’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. For those of you who have never tried a Tate’s cookie, stop reading, and go buy some immediately. I must admit, there’s something about the taste and texture of these ...

Almond & Coconut Granola

I have a total weakness when it comes to cereal. If on the off chance, we have a box of cereal in the house, I will completely annihilate the entire box in less than 24 hours. And granola is no exception. My main argument with premade, boxed/packaged granola is that it never has the kind of flavors or ingredients I want, so I decided to make a batch of my own, customized to my flavor profile. This granola has oats, nuts, and coconut, and is made without any processed sugars. It has just the right hint of sweet and salty, and a great combination of textures (one of the most important aspects of a good granola, in my opinion). If you’ve ever purchased premade granola in a store before, you know how expensive it can be – I mean $5 for 2 cups of granola hardly seems logical… With this ...

Harissa Chicken Pitas with Tatziki Sauce

I will fully admit that one of my least favorite genres of cuisine is Greek food. Now before you start throwing stones at me and consider me to be a culinary clown, hear me out. I have yet to eat at a worthy Greek restaurant…. Anytime I’ve eaten Greek cuisine out, the meat has been extraordinarily dry to the point where actually swallowing a piece of chicken was painful. In addition, anytime I’ve gotten a sandwich in a pita, the pita was equally as dry, and tasted more like cardboard than a fluffy pita. So with that being said, I have kind of steered clear of the whole Greek food scene. However, I absolutely love cooking with the ingredients commonly used in Greek cooking like Greek Yogurt, Lemon, Cilantro, Cucumber, and Greek Spices. With that, I created this delicious meal of juicy Yogurt marinated Chicken made with a homemade Harissa ...

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 ...

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