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5 Perfect Recipes for the Holidays

It’s the greatest time of year, and it’s all because of the…presents? The weather? The holiday movie specials on television? No, it’s pretty much all about the food. Picture a toasty evening by the fire, everyone is huddled up listening to the soft snow brushing up against the window, the eggnog has made its way into your belly, and the sleepiness after a good meal is starting to kick in. Best feeling ever.

We have five fantastic recipes from our Chefs of the Month that we’d love to share with you so you can have a great holiday meal too!

1.Chef Yvonne Anderson-Thomas’ Smoked Chicken Legs Recipe

Smoky and savory, this chicken recipe is sure to delight family and friends alike!

smoked chicken

3. Chef Claude’s Sirloin & Mushroom Casserole Recipe

Why not take a risk and try a juicy sirloin for a holiday meal? Chef Claude’s recipe is so delicious that we just can’t stop thinking about it!


3. Chef Megan’s Spicy Gorgonzola Sweet Mashed Potatoes

Try a little spin on a classic dish!

Spicy Mash

4. Chef Lauren’s Asian Pear Slaw

A salad is a great, yummy and healthy addition to any meal! Try adding this side salad to your main course!

Asian Pear Slaw Image

5. Chef Julie’s Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Fall and Winter has us pining for Pumpkin! Chef Julie’s delicious cupcakes will be the perfect sweet treat to any holiday meal!

YBC-pic Pumpkin Pie

Some of the recipes above are traditional and some have a little twist. The holidays are all about joy and love, why not spread a little? Chef style!


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!

Best Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is right around the corner.  How are you planning to spend the day celebrating your special dad?  We hope you have a day full of fun, food and gifts! What dad could want anything more! If you’re still looking for the perfect gift, look no further. Here at, we have all of your Father’s Day needs.  Take a look at some fun gifts your dad is sure to love!

weapons of choice

Style #11138WOC

A fun chef tee is a great gift for any dad.  This “Weapons Of Choice” Attitude Chef T-Shirt focuses on the attitude and spirit of the everyday chef.  Whether he likes to grill outside or stay in the kitchen, this shirt is perfect for any man who likes to cook.

chefs rule tee

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If you want to give dad the ego boost he deserves, you can’t go wrong with this “Chefs Rule The Kitchen” cotton tee.  Your dad will feel appreciated every time he puts on his new shirt. Stylish and fun, dad can wear his new sporty tee at home while grilling or out for the day with the family.

chefs rule hat


Don’t forget the matching hat! Make sure dad stays cool in the summer heat with this matching “Chefs Rule The Kitchen” chef hat.  He can enjoy his favorite passion while watching the game at home or in the stands in this awesome baseball cap.


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See how great your dad will look in his new chef tees and hat! It will be no risk to give dad a gift of comfort, love and fun! Happy Father’s Day!



Give the Gift of Style for Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful moms out there! Today is the official day to honor our mothers and do for them what they do for us every day.  Today, we shower them with love and appreciation as we give them the day to sit back and relax.

There is nothing mothers love more than special moments shared with family.  We like to show our moms we care with gifts that will last a lifetime and help keep those special memories close to heart.  Make this Mother’s Day one she’ll remember forever with this stylish kitchen apparel.

Make sure your mom always looks dressed to impress in the kitchen with these great styles!

Women's Traditional Fit S-Shaped Chef Coat

Style # 61311

Add some style to your mom’s daily routine with this fitted, lightweight chef coat that is the perfect blend of comfort and style.

Full Length Butcher Apron

Style # F8

A mom’s best friend in the kitchen is her apron.  Check out this traditional apron available in a wide variety of colors.  Her new apron will ensure she is comfortable and protected while making great meals for the family!

Women's Attitude Chef Women's T-Shirt - Wonder Chef

Style # 11134WCH

If you want to make sure your mom feels like the super mom that she is, you can’t go wrong with this chef t-shirt! Let everyone know she is not only wonder mom, but also a wonder chef in the kitchen!

Your mom will shine like the star she is with some embroidery to her new coat or apron. Feel free to choose from our selection or create your own custom image or monogram to add some personal touches to her new kitchen gear.

Get all these great items and more at!

Decadent Hors d’Oeuvres to Ring in the New Year

With New Year’s Eve just two days away, it’s time to start thinking (if you haven’t already) about what you’ll be preparing for the evening’s festivities.

Aside from the typical cheese, crackers, dips, and shrimp cocktail (though you shouldn’t discount a good shrimp cocktail), we’ve compiled a short list of decadent hors d’oeuvres to enjoy while ringing in the New Year.

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese

I can’t even imagine a better trio of flavors, and they’re all in one bite!

Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms

Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Mushrooms are a staple at my house, and these look too good to pass up!

Baked Brie Cups

Baked Brie Cups

I love a good baked brie, but it’s not something you can hold while walking around and talking to people… until now!

Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Meatballs

Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Meatballs

Sriracha meatballs? Count me in!

Twice-Cooked Potatoes with Caviar

Twice-Cooked Potatoes with Caviar

Nothing says New Year’s Eve like Champagne! And what goes perfectly with Champagne? Caviar.

Ham and Gruyere Thumbprints

Ham and Gruyere Thumbprints

The perfect party appetizer. It’s portable, it’s clean, it’s delicious!

Steamed Ricotta Dumplings

Steamed Ricotta Dumplings

Ricotta Cheese? Yes please! Steamed dumpling? Now that’s something!

Lobster Crostini

Lobster Crostini

Another perfect complement to go along with your Champagne. These are sure to be a hit at any event.

Apple-Nut Blue Cheese Tartlets

Apple-Nut Blue Cheese Tartlets

Don’t these sound delicious? I can just imagine the salty, sweet flavors right now, and it’s making me hungry!

Pepper Poppers

Pepper Poppers

Finally, something for us spice lovers. With three different kinds of cheese and bacon, how can you go wrong?

We would like to wish you a very Happy New Year, from all of us here at!

Fun Food Facts About Thanksgiving Dinner

Take a moment to think about your family Thanksgiving dinner spread. Can you see it?

The turkey, the green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, pies – the works. Now imagine that same spread on 45 million tables across the United States. That is an astonishing amount of food!

It is estimated the total national spend on Thanksgiving dinner food is $2.9 billion1. We dug into the numbers and put together this infographic to illustrate the jaw-dropping amount of food we are talking about. For instance, the US produces 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins annually2. To put that in perspective, an average adult humpback whale weighs in at 66,000 pounds (what?!), so total pumpkin production is equivalent to 19,042 adult humpback whales! It’s true. Check our math.

Check out our infographic to learn how many pounds of cranberries are produced each year, where most of the 51 million turkeys are coming from, and which state produces the most green beans.

Armed with these remarkable food facts, you will be the star conversationalist at this year’s Thanksgiving celebration!

Fun Food Facts About Thanksgiving Dinner - Infographic from

Some random morsels that didn’t make it on the infographic…

  • 39 million: number of families that will travel for Thanksgiving.
  • 37: number of places in the US named Plymouth.
  • 1941: the year Congress declared Thanksgiving a national holiday.
  • 3: number of days the first Thanksgiving lasted.
  • 3-in-1: number of birds making up the Turducken – a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken3. wishes you a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!


1Thanksgiving Statistics,, research date 9/2/15.

2United States Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Statistics Service,, research date 11/18/15.

3Coolest Thanksgiving Facts,, research date 11/19/15.

Holiday Foods we look forward to…

Holiday Foods we look forward to...Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or a combination of these holidays, you know food is a BIG part of every celebration. Here at, we have lots of employees who love to cook and we always have great potluck luncheons. Now that December is here, there are always wonderful goodies and recipes being shared. We asked our colleagues what foods they look forward to during the Holidays:

  • The desserts
  • I make my Grandmother’s Italian Christmas Cookies
  • Cannolis, Strufoli and Sfogliatelle on Christmas Eve
  • My daughter and I make peppermint bark and cookies for Santa
  • Tres Leches
  • Eggnog, Tollhouse cookies and Rice Krispie balls rolled in colored sugar
  • Gingerbread cookies
  • M & M Cookies
  • Peppermint Bark
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Peppermint Hot Chocolate
  • “Reindeer Chow”
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Latkes and Rugelach
  • Tiropita
  • Pumpkin soup, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, corn soufflé
  • Homemade Eggnog with brandy
  • Wassail
  • Christmas Sangria
  • Feast of the 7 fishes on Christmas Eve – Shrimp Marinara is my favorite
  • Hot Chocolate, Turron, Panettone and Eggnog
  • Cuban slow roasted pork, rice and beans, fried sweet plantains and yucca with garlic sauce and flan for dessert
  • Cookies, cookies, cookies!!
  • Black eyed peas on New Year’s Day for luck in the coming year
  • Prime Rib for dinner on Christmas
  • See’s Chocolates (we can only buy them in Florida in December)
  • Christmas dinner is Italian “Sunday gravy” with meatballs, sausage, chicken and spareribs in the sauce

Our favorites are surely varied. What are the foods you look forward to during the Holidays?

We have all been there….Thanksgiving Disasters Stories you can relate to

Friends Thanksgiving Disaster Story - I wasn't supposed to put beef in the trifle!

Sure, you’re a great chef. You can pull off an amazing Thanksgiving dinner without a hitch, but let’s be honest, we all know it’s not always that way. That being said, we decided to share with you some of our own Thanksgiving disasters at home for a good laugh and a bit of holiday cheer. Enjoy!

Missing a key ingredient

When Shari arrived at her Uncles Thanksgiving dinner with her made-from-scratch Pumpkin Pie in hand, she had no idea how embarrassed she would be in just a few hours. As dinner came to an end, she was so excited to have everyone dig into her dessert. It looked flawless. Perfectly cut fall leaves made from pie crust lined the edge of pie. She watched closely as the first guest cut into the pie. Uh-oh, they couldn’t cut the crust. It was ROCK HARD! Mortified, Shari scoured her brain trying to figure out what when wrong. She didn’t cook it too long. It wasn’t burnt. Oh no… The BUTTER! She forgot the butter! Who knew such a simple ingredient would change a pie from edible to inedible with the cut of knife? Needless to say, Shari has never left out the butter from her crust since that day.

To eat, or not to eat the ham: that is the question…

Tammy had one job: bring the ham. She picked the biggest one. Found the best recipe. Watched and basted it for hours until it was perfectly browned with a decadent honey and brown sugar crust. Proud of her ham, she wrapped it up, and made her way to her parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner. Prize-winning ham in hand, she made her way through the door of her parents’ house and boom! Ham went one way, Tammy went the other way. After she picked up herself, and the ham off of the floor, they decide to salvage what they could off the ham, and put it in the oven on high to kill the germs. That year, there was a lot of leftover ham.

Gone fishing

Sarah and her sister decided to prepare Thanksgiving dinner together for both of their families last year. When it came time to stuff the turkey, it took both sisters’ efforts to stuff and truss the large turkey. It wasn’t until after the turkey was stuffed and in the roaster, that Sarah’s sister realized the Band-Aid she was wearing on her finger was GONE! After staring at each other horrified, they decided to un-do the turkey, and fish through ALL of the stuffing to locate the band-aid. They couldn’t find it! It wasn’t until they dressed the turkey up for second time, and hoisted it into the oven that they discovered the illusive band-aid. There it was, hanging from the bottom of the roaster! Phew! That was a close one Sarah!

Do you have any funny Thanksgiving stories? We’d love to hear about it! Share your story with us below.

From our table at to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Disaster Stories we can all relate too

The Kale Craze

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Up until a couple of years ago Kale was the leafy green stuff used to garnish plates and platters or decorate salad bars. Or, you might see the curly variety growing as a decorative filler in plant beds. The purple variety is especially attractive.

More recently, possibly due to the popularity of the farm to table trend among a lot of restaurants or the rise of Community Supported Agriculture (this is a system in which a farm operation is supported by shareholders within a community who share both the benefits and risks of food production) or the discovery and sharing of its nutritional value by so many “foodies”, kale has become the darling of the vegetable world – move over brussel sprouts! It’s become so popular, there’s even a National Kale Day the first Wednesday in October which happens to be today!The Kale Craze on

Kale really, is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet and is a member of the family that includes broccoli, brussel sprouts, collard green and cabbage. A single cup of chopped kale which has 33 calories, has 9% of the daily value of calcium, 206% of Vitamin A, 134% of Vitamin C and 684% of Vitamin K. Additionally, there’s copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorous. It’s rich in antioxidants and full of fiber.

So, do you want to try it out? When shopping for kale, look for firm, deeply colored leaves with hardy stems (the leaves can range in color from dark green to purple to deep red). Separate the stems right away to ward off bitterness. Or, if you have a green thumb, you can easily grow it yourself. It’s self-seeding, grows at will, stands up to heat and cold, or can even be planted indoors in pots.

Now, what to do with it? Well, it’s not just for smoothies anymore! Although a handful thrown into your favorite meal will definitely enhance the nutritional value. It can be simply braised in water, or apple juice will make it a little sweeter since it tends to be bitter. Make your favorite salad with it or mix with a variety of other greens. Add it to soups, stews and pasta. There are recipes out there for kale omelets, kale lasagna, warm kale salads and even kale brownies and kale and spinach chocolate cupcakes! There are kale chips on the market but lots of people are making their own.

Here’s 2 simple tried and true recipes courtesy of Wild Mint for a quick and healthy Pasta entrée and our Chef of the Month for March, Chef Jenn Louis’ Kale Bagna Cauda.




  • 6 cups chopped organic kale, stems removed
  • 2 Tbs organic butter
  • 1/2 of a white organic onion, diced
  • 1 cup chopped organic zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped organic portobello mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Whole wheat angel hair pasta (2 small handfuls or 1 large handful)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 4 Tbs organic Greek yogurt
  • 4 Tbs grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 Tbs shredded Mozzarella (optional but better!)
  • 6 Tbs almond milk (or milk of choice)


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions and set aside.
  2. In a large sauté pan, lightly steam kale with 2 Tbs water on medium, cover and steam for 3-5 minutes. Remove kale from pan into a separate bowl.
  3. Lower heat in pan to low, melt butter. Add onions, garlic, zucchini, and mushrooms. Sauté until translucent (2-3 minutes). Add nutmeg, salt and steamed kale and sauté until kale has wilted more.

Add cooked pasta to pan. Combine veggies with pasta. Turn heat off and add milk, cheeses, and yogurt. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Want to learn more? Checkout “The Book of Kale: The Easy –to-Grow Super Food” by Sharon Hanna.

The Book of Kale: The Easy –to-Grow Super Food by Sharon Hannah found on

What is your favorite Kale dish? How has this superfood benefited you personally? 

9/11: Rebuilding What Was Lost


September eleventh. Just the mention of the date alone brings about feelings of anger and sadness to an entire nation of people. Just 13 years ago, one of the most tragic events in this country’s history took place, and many of us still feel the sting, even now. Nearly 3,000 people perished at the World Trade Center on that day, and their names will never be forgotten. The memorial that was built at Ground Zero draws about 10,000 visitors per day, whether or not they lost friends or loved ones on 9/11. We felt the pain as a nation, and we grieved as a nation. Now, 13 years later, we honor those who lost their lives in the attack by rebuilding as a nation.

One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, now stands as a beacon of hope for the citizens of New York and for the rest of the country. It opened its doors to tenants earlier this year, and is now a symbol of this great nation’s ability to get up and keep going after this unforgettable tragedy.

Do you remember where you were 13 years ago when you heard the news? Share your story in the comments below.

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