food

At home and on track

Hello Readers, and Happy Monday!

So…there is a lot going on right now. People are feeling lost, scared, confused and vulnerable, and rightly so. What is a direct result of our emotions taking hold of our minds?Falling off track. When it comes to our eating habits it’s important to remember to eat at the same time every day as if you were still on your normal schedule. That being said, it is also a fantastic time to experiment with new habits that you can take with you moving forward! Now if you are new to working at home, and a fan of snacking like I am I have some tips for you.

I have been working from home for about 2 years now and the hardest part for me was the snacking, if you’ve found yourself creeping into the cookie jar, pulling out little sweets, crackers, chips and all of the things we love soo much…join the club! In the club this what we have found to work.

Instead of being mad at myself, I have a designated snack time through out my working day so that I can at least keep track of the extra treats I am eating. By making it an official “snack time” like in elementary school, it gives my brain a break and I actually feel more satisfied with less. I stop everything I am doing, stretch out, put a couple of cookies on a plate, grab a drink and watch a 15-20 youtube video. All is well, I took a break, and now have enough focus power for about 2 more hours of work.

I do this every few hours and find my work is of higher quality than trying to cram all of my break into 1 hour in the middle of the day.

I hope this helps some of you find some balance in your day and makes the working at home experience a lot better! I will be back later this week with an actual food post.

Until then, Cheers!

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Creamy Tomato Basil soup

Hello Readers, and happy tuesday!

I thought today would be a great day to share my creamy tomato basil soup recipe! This dish was made for a private chef client whom I made a 3 course meal for their anniversary. This soup was the first course but , can easily be made into a main course especially if served with a yummy grilled cheese.


Creamy tomato basil soup perfect with a grilled cheese!

To make this soup you will need:

  • 24 oz crushed tomato
  • 14 fresh basil leaves
  • 16 oz of heavy cream( cashew or coconut milk are great alternatives)
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 large carrot
  • half of a yellow onion
  • half a stick of salted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste.
  • 2 Large soup pots
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • blender
  1. Rough chop all vegetables
  2. In a large soup pot, melt butter and sauté onions
  3. Next add chopped carrot and celery, cover pot and sweat for about 5 mins.
  4. Add in crushed tomato, and bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper simmer for 20 mins
  5. Remove bay leaves and save for later
  6. Pour soup into blender add a 1/4 cup of heavy cream and chopped basil leaves (or alternative)
  7. Note you may need to do this in multiple steps so have a second soup pot ready to pour blended soup into.
  8. Repeat step 6 until all of your soup is blended.
  9. Return soup to burner, add in used bay leaves and cook on low for another 10 mins. Taste and season accordingly
  10. Serve hot! Can be stored up to 4 days in refrigerator.

Thanks for reading and until next time, Cheers!

clients

Kitchen Confidence is back!

If you want to build confidence in the kitchen, make awesome food for your friends and family then this is the class for you! Right now I will be offering courses at Assabet After Dark where you can learn or brush up on kitchen skills such as : knife skills, cooking foundations, baking 101 and making yummy soups, stalks, and sauces.

Follow the link here to learn more and read course descriptions!

https://registration.xenegrade.com/assabetafterdark/searchResults.cfm?searchId=1

Hope to see you Thursday night!

food, sauces

Hummus

Hello Readers,

How do you feel about hummus? Personally I find it super delicious, it satisfies my craving for something creamy, and savory in between meals. Most of us use it as a dip for our chips or veggies, but I also like to use it as a spread on sandwiches in place of mayo.

Check out the recipe below the photo.

Classic hummus topped with lemon zest for extra zing..

Recipe

  • 2 Lemons ( zested and juiced)
  • 16 oz can of chickpeas( drained,rinsed)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3 tbsp olive oil ( or sunflower)
  • 2 large tbsp minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

1) Drain and rinse canned chickpeas. ( optional step, lightly saute them to deepen flavor)

2) In a blender, add in juice from lemons, chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.

3) Blend to desired consistency. Remove and place into bowl.

4) Gently mix in lemon zest an save some to use as garnish. Serve room temperature.

Thanks for reading, until next time! Cheers!

sweets

Brownies for all

Today, people are becoming more aware of their bodies, and foods that make them feel their best. Sometimes, that means substituting traditional ingredients, for new ones. When it comes to baked goods, this can get really tricky, especially if you are trying to stay away from processed ingredients and make things taste as normal as possible.

There are many chefs who trying to help this issue and are focusing all their talents on finding yummy solutions. Admittedly I have just begun to look for alternatives that are natural, and unprocessed. I finally was able to perfect a recipe last weekend.

For chewy fudge brownies, you will need flaxseeds, cocoa powder, baking soda and a secret ingredient..

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wine

Pinot Gris

Pinot gris a light crisp white is a clone of pinot noir the popular red.  Pinot gris from Oregon has a distinct fresh, and tart flavor like that of a tangerine. paired nicely with light dishes like salads, fish, pork, fruits and butter sauces.

Pinot gris
please excuse my messy table but here is an example of pinot gris
food

Citrus Salmon

Hello Readers, and Happy Monday!

This week I want to share with you a citrus salmon dish, typically made in 30 min or less, this makes dinner time easy. Oranges, limes, dill, onions, and fish all baked together and served with quinoa or some other ancient grain, making it satisfying and light for those busy days.

citrus salmon with quinoa

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