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Chef Simone’s Chocolate Chip and M&M Cookie Recipe

Simone Bridges - Chocolate chip and M&M cookies

Nothing soothes the soul better than a great chocolate chip cookie. Chef Simone has made the chocolate chip cookie ever more decadent by adding an all-time favorite candy, M&Ms! This recipe is perfect for a summertime party or to bring to a group event. Check out her recipe below and try it for yourself!

Chocolate Chip and M&M Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted softened butter

¾ cup of brown sugar

¾ cup of granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 ¼ cup of all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

¾ teaspoon of salt

1 ¼ cup of M&M chocolate candies

1 cup Nestle milk chocolate morsels

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a large bowl, cream the softened butter, granulated sugar, and the brown sugar together until it’s light and fluffy.

3. Beat in the two eggs and the vanilla extract.

4. In a separate medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Then, blend the dry mixture into the creamed mixture.

5. Stir in M&M’s and chocolate morsels.

6. Using an ice cream scoop or a tablespoonful, scoop the cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet or parchment paper on a pan. Place the cookie dough 3 inches apart .

7. Bake the cookies for about 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let the cookies sit on a cookie sheet for about 2 minutes. Remove the cookies to wire racks, until it cools completely. Dig in & enjoy!

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Chef Simone’s Malva Pudding Cake Recipe

Our April Chef of the Month has shared some of her signature recipes with us! Chef Simone’s Malva Pudding Cake is full of rich flavor and is a great treat to satisfy your sweet tooth! Read below for her decadent recipe.

Simone Bridges - Malva Pudding

Malva Pudding Cake

Pudding Cake Ingredients:

2 large eggs

6 ½ oz. of granulated sugar

5 oz. of all-purpose flour

1 tbsp. of apricot jam or jelly

1 tsp. of baking soda

½ tsp. of salt

1 tbsp. of room temperature butter

1/3 cup of whole milk

1 tsp. of vinegar

Sauce Ingredients:

¾ cup of heavy cream

3-5 oz. of granulated sugar

3 ½ oz. of butter

2 tsp. of pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup of hot water

Directions:

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2) Smear oil around the inside of an oven pan.

3) Use an electric blender to whip together the eggs and sugar.

4) When the eggs and sugar are mixed altogether, add the apricot jam. Mix all the ingredients together.

5) Melt the butter.

6) Add the melted butter and vinegar to the mixture with the electric beater.

7) Using a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the baking soda, flour, and salt.

8) Add the mixed dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the electric beater.

9) Add the milk to the electric beater.

10) Pour the mixture from the electric beater to the oven pan. Bake until the pudding is a nice brown color, and has risen to a good height (about thirty minutes).

11) Use a separate mixing bowl to make the sauce.  Mix the heavy whipping cream, butter, sugar, hot water, and vanilla extract together.

12) When pudding is cooked thoroughly, pour the sauce mixture over the pudding.

13) Let the Malva Pudding rest for five to ten minutes, before serving.

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Chef Patty’s Margarita Cupcakes

IMG_1688Cupcakes are always a delicious sweet treat! Chef Patty has spiced up the cupcake game with her Margarita Cupcakes recipe! If you are looking for something delicious and festive, look no further than her special Margarita Cupcakes!

Margarita Cupcakes

 Ingredients:

1 C sugar

1/2 C all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)

2 large eggs

1 1/2 limes (zest and juice)

2 TBSP good tequila

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 C buttermilk

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 stick unsalted butter

8oz block cream cheese (softened)

1TBSP heavy cream

3 C powdered sugar

Pinch of salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

Lime zest for garnish

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven 325 degrees F. and line cupcake pan with 12 liners.

2. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together.

3. Mix butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time.

4. Add lime zest, lime juice, vanilla extract and tequila. Mix until combined. (Batter will curdle, it’s normal and you’re on the right track!)

5. Add dry ingredients on low speed alternating with buttermilk, starting and ending with flour. Mix the last addition by hand with a spatula.

6. Bake for 25 minutes until a toothpick shows only moist crumbs. Rotate your pan at the half way point.

7. Allow cupcakes to cool for 5-10 min. Remove and place on cooling rack. Brush the tops with 1-2 TBSP tequila.

8. Cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting Directions:

1. Cream butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add powdered sugar, salt and heavy cream. Blend well.

2. Add cream cheese and vanilla extract. Mix until frosting has reached desired consistency.

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Chef Patty’s Tres Leches Recipe

tres leches cakeIf you are looking for the perfect Spring dessert, look no further than Chef Patty Francis’s Tres Leches recipe! This recipe is full of flavor and personality!

Tres Leches

Ingredients:

6 large eggs

1.5 C sugar

2 C all-purpose flour

1 TBSP baking powder

1/2 C whole milk

1 TBSP vanilla extract

For the milk Mixture

1 can evaporated milk (12oz)

1 can condensed milk (14oz)

12 oz whole milk

1 tsp vanilla

For the Meringue garnish

4 oz egg whites

1 C sugar

1/2 C water

maraschino cherries (optional)

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.

2. Separate egg whites from egg yolks on separate bowls (you will use them both).

3. Place egg whites with 1/2 cup of sugar in electric mixer and beat on high speed until you reach soft peaks for the meringue. Place aside.

4. In a clean bowl, beat egg yolks and remaining sugar (1C) with electric mixer on medium speed (4) until the mixture turns light yellow and ribbons fold on itself.

5. Using a strainer, mix together dry ingredients, flour, and baking powder. Stir in dry mixture to the eggs, alternating with the milk. Starting with the flour and ending with the flour. Add vanilla extract and do not over mix.

6. Using a spatula, fold in the egg whites in 3 separate batches until the batter is uniform.

7. In a non-greased 9×11 pan, pour the batter and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

8. Once baked, poke holes in the cake with a skewer, knife or wooden spoon. Slowly pour the entire milk mixture over the cake. Cover with saran wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.

9. Take the cake out of the refrigerator and frost with the meringue. You may garnish with maraschino cherries on top. Keep dessert refrigerated until ready to enjoy!

Milk Mixture Directions:

1. Pour all ingredients in a blender and mix well.

2. Place in sauce pan and warm the milk mixture on low until it is warm to the touch.

Meringue Directions:

1. Place water and sugar in a sauce pan and boil until it reaches 236°F (soft ball stage).

2. Using an electric mixer, whisk egg whites on high until soft peaks form.

3. Add sugar syrup slowly until all is poured in and continue whisking until the bowl is cool to the touch (this will take a few minutes)

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Chef Amy’s Marshmallow Cream Macaron Filling

marshmallowcreamMarshmallow is a Spring staple for the upcoming Easter holiday! Chef Amy has shared a great recipe for light and fluffy Marshmallow Cream filling that will leave you wanting more!

Marshmallow Cream Macaron Filling

Ingredients:

4 Large Egg Whites

1 C Light Corn Syrup

1/2 Tsp Cream of Tartar

1 1/2 C Granulated Sugar

1/4 Tsp Kosher Salt

2 Tsp Vanilla

1/2 C Water

Directions:

1. Place egg whites and cream of tartar in mixing bowl with whip attachment and mix on low.

2. In a sauce pot, bring corn syrup, water, vanilla, and sugar to 240°F.

3. Turn mixer up to high and stream sugar mixture into the egg white mixture.

4. Allow to whip until mixture is fluffy and cool to the touch.

5. Add Kosher Salt.

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Chef Amy’s White Chocolate Passion Fruit Ganache

whitechocolateganacheSpringtime is full of fresh ingredients with bright flavors and colors. Our February Chef of the Month, Amy, shares some of her favorite recipes that will not disappoint! Try her recipe for White Chocolate Passion Fruit Ganache for Springtime parties and you will be sure to impress yourself and your guests.

White Chocolate Passion Fruit Ganache

Ingredients:

2 lb White Chocolate

1 lb Heavy Cream

4 oz Unsalted Butter

4 oz Passion Fruit Puree

.10 oz Sea Salt

Directions:

1. Boil heavy cream and passion fruit puree.

2. Pour over white chocolate and unsalted butter.

3. Immersion blend until smooth; finish with sea salt.

4. Portion into tart shells and refrigerate until set.

5. Finish and decorate as desired.

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Chef Jonathan’s Filet Mignon Steak Diane with Roasted Asparagus Hollandaise

Steak Diane Filet Mignon.jpgFilet Mignon Steak Diane with Roasted Asparagus Hollandaise 

Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

4 Filet Mignons, approx. 8-10 oz.

5 Shallots, peeled

8 ounces Baby Bella Mushrooms, cleaned

1 1/2 cups Unsalted Butter

3 Garlic Clove, peeled

2 tbsps Worcestershire sauce, to taste

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1/2 cup brandy

1 cup heavy cream

2 cups EVOO

Small handful of Flat-leaf Parsley

1 Bunch Fresh Asparagus

Micro Greens (Radish, Baby Arugula, Kale, Broccoli)

1 cup Greek yogurt

Coarse Black Pepper

Sea Salt

1 cup grated Parm Cheese

2 Fresh Lemons

2 Egg yolks

1 tsp Cayenne pepper

2 tbsps. Honey

1 tsp Poppy Seeds

Directions

Season the steaks on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat on medium-high 2 tbsp. EVOO and 2 Tbsp. butter in a skillet large enough to accommodate the 4 steaks. Quickly sauté the steaks for up to a minute on each side then remove from the pan and set aside to rest.

Preheat an oven to 425 degrees. Place the asparagus into a mixing bowl, drizzle with the olive oil. Toss to coat the spears, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper.

Arrange the asparagus onto a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in the preheated oven until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon juice just before serving.

Super Quick Hollandaise Sauce: Beat egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, and cayenne pepper together in a microwave-safe bowl until smooth. Slowly stream melted butter into the egg yolk mixture while whisking to incorporate. Heat in microwave for 15 to 20 seconds; whisk.

Poppy Seed Yogurt Sauce: Whisk together yogurt, honey, 2 tbsp. lemon and poppy seeds in a small bowl. Put aside.

To make the sauce for the steaks, heat some olive oil in a separate pan. Slice the shallots and add to the pan, allow to soften briefly before slicing and adding the mushrooms with a tablespoon of butter.

Crush in the garlic. Add the Worcestershire sauce, then the mustard and heat through for a minute. Turn up the heat and tilt the pan away from you. Pour the brandy into the far end and allow it to ignite – be careful that the flame that flares up doesn’t singe your eyebrows!

Once the alcohol has burnt off, swirl the juices around the pan. Add the cream and allow the sauce to thicken before turning down the heat. Set aside.

On a 12” Circular Plate, with a plating spoon give a teardrop of Hollandaise in the center and place the asparagus offset the center, then the steaks on top of the asparagus, drizzle a line in the middle with the mushroom sauce over the steak and spoon on top of the steak the micro greens and yogurt sauce.

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Chef Jonathan’s Mock Scallop Rumaki & Soy Ginger Sauce

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This weeks recipe will become a household favorite dish, especially if you’re a seafood lover. We can thank Chef Jonathan for sharing the recipe to one of his signature dishes! This recipe has so much versatility, add a side and create a delicious meal or serve it alone as a tasty appetizer! Stay tuned for some more amazing recipes from our November Chef of the Month Jonathan Scinto! 

Ingredients

8 slices bacon, halved

18 sea scallops

2 green onion, thinly sliced

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced

2 tablespoons lemon juice

18 toothpicks

24 canned water chestnuts, drained and halved horizontally

Fresh chives (optional)

Directions

Microwave bacon on high for 2-2 1/2 minutes, or until partially cooked but still flexible.

Top each scallop with some of the onion and ginger.

Drizzle evenly with lemon juice. Wrap a bacon piece around each scallop, and secure with wooden toothpicks.

Grill scallops on grill tray 2-3 minutes on each side, or until done.

Or broil 3 inches from heat for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until bacon is crisp and scallops are cooked.

Drain on paper towels. Garnish with chives, if desired.

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November 2017 Chef of the Month Jonathan Scinto

 

Introducing our November Chef of the Month, Jonathan Scinto! Scinto is a Private Chef & TV Personality born in Queens, New York. Notably featured on “MasterChef,” “Rooftop Chopped,” and “Iron Chef Showdown,” to name a few. Currently,  Jonathan is the owner of Chef Jonathan’s Private Parties & Events and lives on Long Island with his wife and their 3 daughters.

 

1. Birthplace:

Queens, NY

2. Where do you work and where are you based?

I work all over the United States as a Private Chef. I am based on Long Island, NY in a mid-size town called North Bellmore.

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?

My Ninja Food Processor, my Chef Knife from Kayne Custom Knives, Chicago Cutlery Knives, my Plating Spoons from Chef Spoons and Plating Gold Tweezers from TrueCooks.

4. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

Stay humble and dedicated, don’t let rejection and negativity get in the way of your culinary goals.

5. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?

Only use recipes as a tool for research, don’t be afraid to think outside the box to create your own cuisine.

6. What features are important to you when selecting your Chef outfit?

Comfort and styling.

7. Favorite ingredient to work with?

Fresh Herbs and Spices

8. Favorite City to dine out in?

NYC.

9. Best Dish you have ever made?

Hard to narrow it down to one, but I like to cook Italian comfort food with Asian Influences. I’m doing a cuisine I invented called “Itasian”, which was first introduced at the Food Network Rooftop “Chopped.”

10. Place you eat most often on your days off?

My local pizza place called Calabria Pizza

11. Who do you enjoy cooking for?

Family and Friends.

12. What is currently on your DVR or Netflix queue?

Mind of a Chef, anything Disney, Marvel movies, and classic TV shows from the 50s-90s.

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October 2017 Chef of the Month Eddie G

Introducing our October Chef of the Month Edward Gallagher III aka Chef Eddie G! Chef Eddie is an American Chef, author, TV personality, born and raised in New York City. His long list of accomplishments includes being an alumnus of Johnson & Wales University of Culinary Arts, owning five restaurants, and cooking in the last eight NFL Super Bowls! Read more below about Chef Eddie G and we’re beyond honored to welcome him to the ChefUniforms family!

 

1. Birthplace:

Manhattan, NYC

2. Where do you work and where are you based?

I have been fortunate to travel and cook, filming my experiences for the last 10 years. I would say New York would be home base.

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?

My favorite tool in the kitchen is probably an emulsion blender, but great knives and sauté pans are important as well.

4. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

I tell everyone who is interested in becoming a cook and eventually a Chef that the business is tough, with long hours, but is the most amazing experience to nourish and please other humans with great fresh ingredients.

5. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?

Tips that every cook or chef should know is number one, clean as you go and number two learn correct temperatures of meats and fish and how to pan sear an item.

6. What features are important to you when selecting your Chef outfit?

The most important feature when selecting a Chef outfit would be comfort, it’s very important to be comfortable in clothes you are in 12 hours a day most of the time warm environments.

7. Favorite ingredient to work with?

My favorite ingredient would be things I find as I travel, food items indigenous to the area I’m at, Southern Spain has a ‘Roff Tomato’ that I loved cooking with, in Haiti the diri ak djon djon mushroom was amazing to cook with as well. Siracha would be the easy answer.

8. Favorite City to dine out in?

Wow so many, Barcelona Spain – wine & tapas, Negril Jamaica – Jerk Chicken & Red Stripe or Minsk Belarus for draniki & vodka.

9. Best Dish you have ever made?

Best dish I ever made would be Cajun Catfish with a Shrimp Cous Cous and charred asparagus, my mom & dad loved it!

10. Place you eat most often on your days off?

Ah, the place I eat most often would probably be local fresh sushi or pizza.

11. Who would you like to cook for? 

I have been so lucky to cook for so many pro athletes, celebrities and actors but the people I love to cook for are my friends and family and anyone who needs a meal. I try to do volunteer work whenever I’m free and there is nothing like cooking food for someone that needs nourishment.

12. What is currently on your DVR or Netflix queue?

Other than sports, I don’t spend much time watching TV.

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