Archive | March 2012

The advantages of a personal chef!

A Personal Chef is the answer to providing great tasting, healthful meals in the comfort of your home. You don’t have to worry about the hassle of shopping, prepping and cooking anymore!  If you hire an educated, experienced chef, you can expect them to be able to pick the freshest and healthiest ingredients.  Not only that, but if you are on a special diet, they will understand the importance of preparing your food according to your doctor’s and/or nutritionist’s orders.

A Personal Chef will shop for groceries and prepare meals for you in your own home.

A Personal Chef packages and stores your meals in your refrigerator and freezer. They leave your kitchen clean and your home filled with aromas of freshly prepared foods.

Just heat up one of your many prepared meals and enjoy the added free time and the fruits of Your Personal Chef’s labor.

Expect your Personal Chef to do the following:

Grocery shopping for Fresh, Quality Ingredients
Expect your Personal Chef to do all of the shopping, selecting the finest and freshest ingredients, saving you trips to the grocery store for the coming weeks while you enjoy great tasting meals.

Easy to prepare and clean up meals
Your Personal Chef can offer a great selection of prepared and packaged meals conveniently stored in your refrigerator and freezer.  Find a chef that has been certified as a food handler to assure your food is being prepared and stored safely.  Once the meals are safely prepared and stored, it is easy to heat and prepare them and easy to clean up.  No more after dinner drudgery.

More free time
No more do you have to worry about what to make for dinner when you come home tired from work or a business trip. No more shopping, going out, picking up, or preparation of the evening meals. Think of all the extra time you will save by hiring a Personal Chef. Time for yourself and the loved ones who are an important part of your life.

What will you pay for a Personal Chef?

It varies by region and also training, education, and/or experience.  Some chef’s will charge by the meal, or by the hour. Some will include groceries and some will charge extra for groceries. Sometimes, there will be small add-on costs. These include using oils, sauces and spices from the chef’s own pantry, vacuum sealing food to last longer, and providing storage containers. All of this should be worked out with your chef at hire.

For chefs that cook for special occasions, dinner parties, or give cooking lessons, an hourly rate is sometimes the most effective way to price these services. The average going rate is between $25 and $50 an hour, with food often being an additional charge, but this can vary depending on many factors so be sure to find out the appropriate price range for your area.

A Final Note

Finally, if the price of a personal chef seems out of your budget, don’t forget that in addition to the great and healthy food you will receive, you will also be saving a great deal of time and minimizing some of your weekly stresses. Not only will you not have to worry anymore about making dinner, but you can also eliminate grocery shopping, washing pots and pans and cleaning your kitchen from your daily schedule. For some busy families, these advantages are indeed well worth the investment!

Save The Tuna Salad

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I think this should be called save the “tuna and dolphin” salad as if you save one you save the other.

Dolphins are probably the most amazing animals on the planet! With their forever happy smile, which prevails even when they are in danger and even being killed at the mercy of Japanese shrimpers and other shrimp fishermen, who would love to annihilate them altogether! You can read about this holocaust here.

Did you know that dolphins have a larger brain than humans? It is true their intuitive and communicative intelligence has been measured to be above our own! They are in the toothed whale family. They also underwent a massacre in the 60s and 70s when tuna fishermen would corral them right along with tuna, who school near dolphins. They would suffocate. Sometimes the fishermen would pull them aboard and process them along with the tuna. I read eye witness testimony by one tuna processing employee who said he saw semiconscious dolphins go into the grinder!!! So if you ate tuna in this era, it wasn’t just tuna in that can!!! Outlandish!!! Even to this day, discarded drifting nets and other artifacts often entangle them and they drown!

I remembered making this some time back and just recently looked for it again. Inspired by Dr. Cousens, who is a raw food nutritionist, and it goes like this:

INGREDIENTS
1 cup almonds, soaked 12 to 48 hours ( i find that walnuts blend better and are more creamier with no need to soak them.)
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked 6 to 8 hours
1/3 cup celery, finely chopped
1/3 cup pickles, finely chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh dill, minced
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, minced
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon kelp granules
1/2 teaspoon Celtic salt
Optional: 1/3 cup red onions, finely chopped

I also added a bit of vegan mayo, that helped it stick together better!

1. Process soaked almonds and sunflower seeds in a food processor or a Champion Juicer with the solid plate until nearly smooth.

2. Combine with the remaining ingredients and mix well. May be served on a bed of lettuce, rolled in a sheet of nori, or as a filling for fresh tomatoes.

Serves 6.

Ready Set Cook – O.K. I’m a sell out!

I recently saw a contest for Simply Potatoes on Food.com. I said, what the heck. Although I don’t normally use a lot of prepared foods, I felt in the competitive spirit. After I got the bag of shredded hash browns home and studied the ingredients, I almost wanted to puke… I don’t think peeling and shredding potatoes is that big of a chore if you have the right equipment!

I noticed these potatoes were resistant to browning. You would practically have to deep fry them to get them nice and crisp. I think it was all the preservatives they were floating in in the bag.

Anhoo… if you get a chance, take a peek at the recipe I created and drop some feedback.

Thanks for stopping by!