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Chef Jameel’s Red Wine and Chocolate Milk Braised Short Ribs Recipe

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Summer couldn’t be a more perfect time to try Chef Jameel’s Red Wine and Chocolate Milk Braised Short Ribs recipe. Packed with savory ingredients and a delectable burst of flavor, these specialty short ribs will be the dish you’ll crave all summer! Find the recipe below.

Ingredients

  • 8 beef short ribs
  • 2 carrots (rough chop)
  • ½ celery stalk
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 onions (rough chop)
  • 2 thyme (fresh sprigs)
  • 2 oregano (fresh sprigs)
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1 TBS tomato paste
  • 1 bottle of dry red wine
  • 4 cups chocolate milk

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large saute pan over high heat, season the ribs aggressively with salt and pepper and dredge in flour.
  2. Fry the ribs in small batches, add oil as needed. 2-5 mins per batch, place the rest of the ribs in a separate pan.
  3. Cut down your heat in the same pan, add your onions, celery, carrots and garlic.
  4. Cook on low for 1-3 mins.
  5. Deglaze the pan with red wine.
  6. Scrape the bottom of the pan, add beef stock and let it come to a boil.
  7. Add chocolate milk and add the short ribs to the pan.
  8. Wrap tightly and cook in the oven at 275 degrees for 2.5 hours.

 

Connect with our July 2020 Chef of the Month

Instagram: @chefmeels

YouTube: ChefMeelsCooksTv

Restaurants: @thesaucebse

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Chef Jameel’s Shrimp and Grits Recipe

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A traditional Southern dish, Shrimp and Grits is hands-down one of the tastiest comfort foods we’ve had. Our July Chef of the Month, Jameel Chambers has shared with us his go-to Shrimp and Grits Recipe. It’s simple to make and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Find it below!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup grits
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 TBS butter
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 16 oz shrimp
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Paprika, to taste
  • ½ cup sweet chili

Directions

  1. Bring milk and water to a boil, reduce heat and add grits. Stir frequently to prevent clumping.
  2. Add butter, stir in well and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Heat up a medium saute pan with oil.
  4. Season the shrimp with salt,pepper and paprika.
  5. Add shrimp to the hot pan until bright red then glaze the pan with sweet chili.

 

Connect with our July 2020 Chef of the Month

Instagram: @chefmeels

YouTube: ChefMeelsCooksTv

Restaurants: @thesaucebse

@atriumcafe_

July 2020 Chef of the Month – Jameel Chambers

94187353_912544842511938_3456538743924792535_n (1)We welcome the sizzling month of July with our impressive July Chef of the Month, Jameel Chambers! Born & residing in Cleveland, Ohio, the talented Chef Jameel comes from a family of cooks. It was only expected that he too, would continue in the talented profession. Heowns the Atrium cafe – a Cleveland-based restaurants. Chef Jameel also does catering & private events. Get ready to hype up your July, there’s a lot of awesome recipes that will be coming your way.

 

1. Where were you born?

Cleveland, Ohio.

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

I’m self-employed. I have two restaurants: The Sauce Boiling Seafood Express, as well as the Atrium Cafe. Both are Cleveland based.

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

I would have to say my knife and tongs.

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?

My sense of touch.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

To any young chefs coming up, I would tell them to keep cooking and ask as many questions as possible!

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

Knife skills are very important.

7. What does good food mean to you?

Good food is just a feeling you get in your spirit.

8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit?   

The colors are the most important when looking for my chef coat.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with? 

I love working with either steak cuts, or cuts of meat that are good for braising.

10. Favorite City to dine out in?

Louisville, Kentucky.

11. Best Dish you have ever made?

This is a very good question, I would have to say my short ribs recipe.

12. What you like to eat most often on your days off?

Any pasta dish.

13. Person you would most like to cook for?

Lebron James.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

My background honestly, I came from a family of really good cooks and I followed in their footsteps.

 

Connect with our July 2020 Chef of the Month

Instagram: @chefmeels

YouTube: ChefMeelsCooksTv

Restaurants: @atriumcafe_

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Chef Anthony’s Ribeye Recipe

 

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You can never go wrong with a perfect cut of steak. Our June Chef of the Month, Chef Anthony, has shared his impressive 16oz Ribeye w/ Parmesan Kale, Fried Onions, Rum Bordelaise and Garlic Herb Compote Butter. You can find the sizzling recipe below!

Ribeye & Bordelaise Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 tbsp. Demi-glace
  • 16 oz rib eye
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 tbsp. chilled unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Parmesan Kale Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups kale
  • 8 oz sliced parmesan
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper to taste

Garlic Herb Compote Butter Ingredients

  • 1 lbs softened butter
  • 12 oz fresh minced garlic
  • 3oz fresh chopped thyme
  • 3oz fresh chopped rosemary
  • 3oz fresh chopped oregano
  • 3oz fresh chopped basil
  • 3oz kosher salt
  • 1oz fresh ground pepper

Fried Onions

  • 1 Sliced red onion
  • 3oz all purpose flour
  • 2 oz corn starch
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper to taste.

Directions

  1. Gather butter ingredients together.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add the canola oil.
  3. Place the steak on the skillet and cook for about 15 minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat, add rosemary, thyme, and Garlic Herb ingredients.
  5. Cook butter until foaming, tilt the skillet towards it.
  6. Add Parmesan Kale and Fried Onions if desired!
  7. Add Bordelaise sauce.

Connect with our June 2020 Chef of the Month

Instagram: @chef.anthony.smith

Websitehttps://chefskitchencatering.com/

June 2020 Chef of the Month – Anthony Smith

83124168_143985300394312_7640340911424039420_nWe’re welcoming the month of June with our fantastic Chef of the Month, Anthony Smith. Originally from Chicago, Chef Anthony now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he works at Chef’s Kitchen– a full-service catering & restaurant company. Chef Anthony first began his career as a dishwasher, and has worked his way up to where he is today. He’s an innovative, creative chef, who has keen love for Rosemary and plating. Learn more about this impressive chef below!

 

 

1. Where were you born?
Chicago, Illinois

2. Where do you work and where are you based?
Chefs Kitchen in Charlotte, North Carolina

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?
I love plates! Starting with a nice plate sets you up for success.

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?
Smell, taste and sight are about even.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?
Just stay at it! Learn and respect the craft.

6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?                                       Knife skills are important.

7. What does good food mean to you?
Everything! But it’s so hard to find it.

8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit?                           The bases are important, and pockets!

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?                                                                                          Rosemary.

10. Favorite City to dine out in?
Chicago and Charlotte

11. Best Dish you have ever made?
That’s a hard one, it’s difficult to just choose one!

12. What you like to eat most often on your days off?
Can’t go wrong with snacks and Redbull.

13. Person you would most like to cook for?
Gordon Ramsey

14. What made you decide to become a chef?
Having kids pushed me into it. I was a dishwasher when I had my first two kids, and I had to step up quick.

 

Connect with our June 2020 Chef of the Month

Instagram: @chef.anthony.smith

Website: https://chefskitchencatering.com/

May 2020 Chef of the Month- Karen Padilla

3We’re happy to introduce our May Chef of the Month, Karen Padilla! Chef Karen was born in lovely Puerto Rico and now resides in New York as a cake artist and luxury cake designer. Her craft was inspired by her mother, who first began a small side business making cakes that then developed into a prestigious company. Chef Karen’s impressive cakes are a result of talent, passion and a love of the arts. Read more about our creative chef below!

 

 

1. Where were you born? 

I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

I currently work in Maritime Parc, Jersey City.

I’m based in Staten Island, New York.

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

I Love using the Hobart Mixer, but my favorite tools to create my masterpieces are my hands.

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?

My sense of taste which allows me to make sure my cakes not only look amazing, but taste amazing as well.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

My best advice is to be organized, clean and to be very creative and enjoy what they do! My husband always tells me the phrase “I think therefore I am”, It reminds me to always think positive, because your mindset gives you the ability to always do more.

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

Always use the best ingredients and do it with lots of love.

7. What does good food mean to you?

A good food is the one that nourishes my soul.

8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit?

To be stylish and comfortable.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with? 

Love to work with fondant!

10. Favorite City to dine out in? 

Definitely San Juan, the best food ever.

11. Best Dish you have ever made? 

My decadent and signature Vanilla Cake infused with Brandy.

12. What you like to eat most often on your days off? 

A good filet mignon with steamed vegetables, a good wine, followed by a tasty Crème brûlée.

13. Person you would most like to cook for? 

My clients and of course, my dear husband.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

My mother’s determination to overcome obstacles. She raised 4 kids while working as a teacher, and decided to run a small side business making cakes. This side business eventually became a prestigious company where its unique taste and skills set itself apart. This led me to study arts such as painting, sculpting and even graphic arts.

Thanks to her, I was able to learn from her experience and combined it with my love for traveling around the world, appreciate different cultures and sceneries. Also, my love for art and creativity helped me to become the cake artist I am today.

Connect with our May 2020 Chef of the Month

Instagram: @sweetville_cake_shoppe

Facebook: Sweetville Cake Shoppe

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July 2019 Chef of the Month- Ale Gambini

We are proud and ecstatic to introduce our July Chef of the Month- Ale Gambini, also known as a Queen in the Kitchen! Chef Ale is not only a cookbook author and a cooking instructor, but she’s also a LA-based food writer AND an Italian food ambassador! Chef Ale also frequently travels the United  States and Italy as Keynote speaker for food-related events, a Queen in the Kitchen indeed! Read below to learn more about Chef Ale (prepare to be fascinated).

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Where were you born?

100% Italian, born and raised in beautiful Milan (Italy).

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

I’m a LA-based food writer, Italian food ambassador, cooking instructor and chef in online food programs. I also travel the U.S and Italy as a keynote speaker for food related events.

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

I’m a huge fan of the Kitchen Aid stand mixer, such a great help but as I always say to my students, your hands are your best tools in the kitchen.

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?

The smell! Everything about my cooking starts from the smell. I want my dishes to be a bouquet of flavors through the nostrils first and then to the palate.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

Passion and hard work are the key ingredients to succeed in the food industry.

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

I don’t have a tip, but a suggestion: always use the BEST quality ingredients.

7. What does good food mean to you?

Family, health and love. I grew up in a typical Italian family watching my Nonna prepare food for the whole family every single day. Cooking is one of the greatest acts of love. For us Italians, it is much more than fuel for the body, is sacred.

8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit? 

The fabric is the most important thing, I love lightweight coats made with natural fibers. The colors hot pink and black are A Queen in The Kitchen colors.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?

Flour. I love to bake especially bread and baked goods.

10. Favorite City to dine out in?

Bologna in Emilia Romagna region (Italy), the capital of the Italian food: fresh egg pasta, lasagne, ragù, gnocco fritto, Prosciutto di Parma, Mortadella and so much more.

11. Best Dish you have ever made?

People say that my Lasagne alla Bolognese is to die for.

12. What you like to eat most often on your days off? 

I try to eat as good as possible every day, but if I have to choose something not Italian, I would say ceviche de pulpo.

13. Person you would most like to cook for? 

My daughter, when she cleans her plate I’m the happiest person on this planet. Mangia, mangia is my motto!

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

The love for the good food.

 

Connect with our July Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @alegambinidt

Facebook: @aqueeninthekitchen 

Twitter: @alegambinidt

Website: https://aqueeninthekitchen.com/

November 2018 Chef of the Month Gina Sansonia

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Image 2We’re delighted to introduce our November 2018 Chef of the Month, Gina Sansonia! Chef Gina is the Executive Chef/Owner of Cucina Bambina, a mobile, gourmet Italian eatery that is located in Hollywood, FL. Gina is a driven and passionate chef, with a zest for life…and basil! We can’t wait to share her story and delicious recipes!  Read below to learn about Chef Gina Sansonia and her passion for food.

 

 

1. Where were you born? 

I was born and raised in New York.

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

I’m the Executive Chef/Owner of Cucina Bambina Inc. We’re a mobile, Gourmet Italian Eatery based out of Hollywood, FL. We travel all over the state participating in various festivals in addition to catering private events.

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

I have an obsession with spoons…. they’re just so handy!

4.What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?

I have a keen sense of smell.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. If you have passion, drive, a strong work ethic and a vision….you can make it happen-you just have to put in the work

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

Work smarter …. not harder.

7. What does good food mean to you?

I firmly believe that good food comes from the heart, along with quality ingredients.

8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit? 

COMFORT and style.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with? 

I’m OBSESSED with basil.😍

10. Favorite City to dine out in? 

NYC, baby! Although I would like to check out the Chicago food scene. I hear amazing things.

11. Best Dish you have ever made? 

I make a mean rice ball if I do say so myself and many call me “The Meatball Queen”. Both of those are always crowd pleasers.

12. What do you like to eat most on your days off?

I typically don’t sit down and eat structured “meals”. I’m content with a good old bag of Doritos surprisingly enough!

13. Person you most like to cook for? 

Hands down my nieces and nephews. I love how excited and engaged they become.  It really is special.

14. What made you decide to become a chef? 

After losing my father to cancer, and being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, it made me look at food differently and (not to sound cliché) made me realize that life is too short. I just went for it!

Connect with our November Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @cucinabambinainc

Twitter: @CucinaBambina

Facebook: Cucina Bambina Inc

A Real Thanksgiving Treat From Chef Ace Champion

It’s 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The aroma of baked turkey still simmers through the living room. The mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole and stuffing has already maneuvered itself into leftovers and now sits in the fridge inside a plastic container. The fall inspired tablecloth has been branded with gravy droppings and bread crumbs. Hungry gazes have glazed into satisfied smiles.

You can’t help but think: I couldn’t possibly have another bite. Except…

“What’s for dessert?” You utter the words that everyone is thinking.

Pecan pie? Pumpkin pie? Apple pie? 

Nope. Not this Thanksgiving. Thanks to Chef Ace Champion, we have a mouth-watering treat that is just waiting to be gobbled up at Thanksgiving dinner. It’s not your average pecan pie, it’s Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie with White Chocolate Ganache Drizzle. What can we say? There’s always room for dessert.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie with a White Chocolate Drizzle

Make 1 pie for 8 slice servings

Pie Ingredients:

3 large eggs

1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar – packed

1 Cup Light Corn Syrup

3 tablespoons Southern Comfort – 3 ounces

2 tablespoons Real Butter

1 tablespoon Heavy Whipping Cream – optional

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 tablespoon All-Purpose Flour

1 teaspoon/a pinch of Salt – Kosher or any Table Salt

1 – 1 1/2 Cups Pecan Halves – Ruff Chopped

3/4 Cup Chocolate Chips – Semi-sweet baking chips/half way melted

1 Pre-Made Pie Shell – to fit a 9″ deep dish pie plate

Drizzle Ingredients:

1 teaspoon Southern Comfort – optional

8 ounces White Chocolate – melted

1 tablespoon Cream – for the right consistency

1 teaspoon Dark Brown Sugar

Instructions for the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie:

1. Roll pre-made pie shell to fit a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate.

2. Transfer pastry to pie plate; trim to 1/2 inch, beyond edge of plate and flute edges.

3. Par-bake the pie shells for 10 minutes on 325 degrees then remove from oven and cool.

4. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, brown sugar, corn syrups, bourbon, butter and salt until blended.

5. Fold in 1 cup pecans and 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

6. Pour filling into crust; sprinkle with remaining pecans and chocolate chips.

7. Bake at 325° for about 1 hour & 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is puffed and set.

9. Cool completely on a wire rack.

10. Allow the pie to rest for at least 2 hours before cutting.

This is a great make a day ahead pie!

Instructions for the White Chocolate Ganache:

1. In a double broiler, add the cream and Southern Comfort and allow cooking for about 2 minutes on a steady medium high heat.

2. Add the chocolate chips in a few at a time to allow them to melt nicely with the cream and whiskey.

3. Cook until all chocolate is melted and you have a smooth consistency in your sauce.

4. Note if the sauce is too light, add more chips and if it’s too thick, line it out with a little cream or whiskey.

Presentation: Place a slice of pie on a small plate and top with pecans and drizzle.

Enjoy this delicious dessert!

Chef Morghan’s Banana Bread Recipe

Whether it’s for breakfast, brunch or dessert, Chef Morghan’s Banana Bread is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth! Find her recipe below, and savor the flavor!

Banana Bread

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup AP flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 TBS Vanilla

2 eggs

3 very ripe bananas

Directions

1. Heat oven to 350°F and grease a loaf pan.

2. Mash and beat together eggs and bananas.

3. Add the vanilla, the butter and sugar, and combine.

4. Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.

5. Add dry ingredients to the wet mixture.

6. Do not over-mix!

7. Pour batter into prepared pan.

8. Cook in the oven for 50 minutes or until a fork comes out clean.

*Note: Let banana bread cool for about 15 minutes before removing from pan.

Tip: Add a sprinkle of brown sugar on top of the batter before putting in the oven for an extra sweet crunchy top.

You may also add any nuts or chocolate to this recipe if you’d like.

 

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Instagram: @chefmorghan

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