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Chef Chris’ Banana Foster French Toast Recipe

French toast may be your go-to breakfast item, but add banana foster and you’ve got yourself a new go-to breakfast (or dessert) option that we think is the real winner! Celebrity Chef Chris’ Banana Foster French Toast is the sweet perfection that we need to fuel our days. Find the recipe below – we dare you to resist eating more than one slice (it’s impossible).

French Toast Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 whole bread loaf, sliced in 1-inch thick slices

Banana Foster Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 whole bananas, sliced 1/2 inch rounds
  • 1/2 ounce bourbon or dark rum

French Toast Directions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and cinnamon.
  2. Melt butter in a small pan with medium heat.
  3. Dip each slice of toast one at a time into the egg mixture for about 3 seconds per side and place in the pan.
  4. Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip and repeat.

Banana Foster Directions

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add brown sugar and cook for about 4 min until melted butter is mixed with the brown sugar.
  3. Add the sliced bananas and cook until the bananas are soft and lightly cooked for about 3 minutes.
  4. Carefully add the bourbon or rum and allow to flambé.
  5. Serve on top of the french toast and top with desired toppings.

Connect with our January 2022 Chef of the Month
Instagram: @chefchrisvaldes
Website: https://www.chefchrisvaldes.com/
YouTube: Chef Chris Valdes
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chefchrisvaldes
Twitter: @chefchrisvaldes
Order His Cookbook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578886456

Chef Chris’ Dulce De Leche Pavlova Recipe

Dulce De Leche Pavlova

We’re here for all of the meringue…good thing our January 2022 Chef of the Month, Chef Chris shared his delicious Dulce de leche Pavlova recipe! Crispy on the outside, soft and light on the inside – this dessert is a dream come true. Check it out below!

Ingredients

  • 6 egg whites, fresh and at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup dulce de leche or condensed milk or both
  • Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries to use as toppings
  • Mint leaves, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Draw a 9-inch circle on the parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat egg whites at medium speed until stiff, about 5 minutes. Gradually add sugar, about 1 spoon at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat until thick and glossy. Gently fold in vanilla extract, vinegar, and cornstarch.
  3. With a spatula, gently add the mixture inside the circle drawn on the parchment paper. Working from the center, spread mixture toward the outside edge, building edge slightly making sure all sides are even.
  4. Bake for 90 minutes. Turn the oven off and let it cool in the oven for an hour.
  5. In a small bowl, beat heavy cream. Add powder sugar, beat until stiff peaks form.
  6. Fill the center of the meringue with whipped cream, dulce de leche, and or condensed milk, and top with desired fruit and mint. Serve immediately.

Additional note from Chef Chris:

“So, I’ve made a few of these, and here are some of my tips to make the perfect Pavlova”…

  • Clean your mixer, spatula, and everything with white vinegar to make sure everything is extra clean.
  • Make sure to use fresh egg whites, and they must be at room temperature.
  • DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN, this will ruin it all.
  • Make sure you turn off the oven after an hour and a half of it cooking and allowing it to cool for an entire hour…. again, DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN.

Connect with our January 2022 Chef of the Month
Instagram: @chefchrisvaldes
Website: https://www.chefchrisvaldes.com/
YouTube: Chef Chris Valdes
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chefchrisvaldes
Twitter: @chefchrisvaldes
Order His Cookbook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578886456

Chef Pablo’s Hibiscus Crème Caramelle, Lavender Crème Anglaise & Puffed Rice Recipe

Creamy, fragrant and delicious – Chef Pablo’s Hisbiscus Crème Caramelle, Lavender Crème Anglaise & Puffed Rice Recipe is a literal dream come true! Add this November Chef of the Month’s recipe to your cooking repertoire.

Recipe Components

Crème caramelle                           1 ea

Lavender dust                               1 tbsp

Lavender crème anglais               2 silver spoons

Hibiscus puffed rice                     2 tbsp

Crème Caramelle Ingredients

Water                                  300 grs

Cream                                 620 grs

Salt                                     0.6 grs

Recipe Components

Egg                                     150 grs

Hibiscus                              60

Agar                                    5.94

Sugar                                  120 grs

  1. Combine water, cream, hibiscus and agar and take to a boil. Simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it sit for 2 more minutes. Strain with a chinois.
  2. Cool down just enough to make sure the liquid will not cook the eggs.
  3. Mix eggs, salt and sugar without adding any air.
  4. Mix both preparations and pass through a chinois.
  5. Fill in the crème caramelle molds with 90 grs of the hibiscus batter.
  6. Cook at 300 for 40 minutes on a bain-marie.
  7. Remove the molds from the water and let it sit in a cooler for 24 hours.

Lavender Crème Ingredients

Egg yolk                              15 ea.

Milk                                     1500 grs.

Sugar                                   225 grs.

Lavender                            9 grs.

Lavender Crème Directions

  1. Mix the egg yolks with half of the sugar on a metal bowl.
  2. Take the milk to a boil with the lavender and the other half of the sugar.
  3. Slowly pour half of the hot milk over the yolks while whisking.
  4. Combine both preparations and cook until 185 F.
  5. Strain with a chinois on a bowl over an ice bath.

Sweet Hibiscus Powder

Hibiscus

Powder sugar

On the spice grinder blend the hibiscus until powder. Add the powder sugar, mix and sift.

Keep on an airtight container.

Hibiscus Puffed Rice

Jasmine rice

Sweet hibiscus powder

  1. Cook the rice in water for a few minutes until the rice is overcooked.
  2. Spread the rice on a parchment paper and dehydrate it in the dehydrator at F.
  3. Break down the dehydrated rice on the robotcoup.
  4. Deep fry at F until the rice puffs. Season with the sweet hibiscus powder

Lavender Powder

Dehydrate lavender at 110 F for 10 hrs. Blend and dehydrate at 110 F for 5 more hours.

Sift and keep in an airtight container.

Connect with our November 2021 Chef of the Month
Instagram: @chefpablolamon
Website: https://www.pablolamon.com/
Virtual Classes: https://www.pablolamon.com/virtual-cooking-classes

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Chef Pablo’s Beet-Glazed Short Rib Recipe

We’re drooling over our November 2021 Chef of the Month‘s Beet-Glazed Short Rib with Carrot puree & Oyster Mushrooms recipe! Whip up Chef Pablo’s delicious dish for a tasty fall meal or bring it to your next holiday potluck, and it may just become the new hit!

Braised Short Rib Ingredients

  • 135 grs Braised short rib    
  • Beet glaze
  • 70 grs Carrot puree                                 
  • 50 grs Pickled brussels                         
  • Oyster mushrooms         
  • Maldon salt       
  • Short rib
  • Beef stock
  • 40 gr Rosemary
  • 40 gr Kombu
  • Salt
  • 30 gr Whole black peppercorns
  • Canola oil

Braised Short Rib Directions

  1. Salt the short ribs and with the canola oil sear them on a pan.
  2. Deglaze with some of the beef stock.
  3. In a 4” hotel pan put the seared short ribs, the whole black peppercorns in a sachet, the rosemary and the kombu.
  4. Braise at 300 F for 3:40 hrs.
  5. Take the hotel pan out of the oven and let the short rib rest in the juice for 20 minutes.
  6. Carefully remove the beef and strain, first with a big colander to discard all the solids, then double strain 5 times with 2 fine mesh chinoises. The last time, put a sport towel between the colanders.
  7. Let the short rib rest in the walk-in cooler for 24 hours.
  8. Portion the short rib in 4.5 oz squares. Keep the trimmings for croquetas.

Beet Glaze Ingredients

  • 1,000 grs Cooking jus
  • 500 grs Beet juice
  • 50 grs Butter
  • Salt

Beet Glaze Directions

  1. Reducte the cooking juice and beet juice until glazy, finish with the butter off heat. Keep warm.

Carrot Puree & Brussels Ingredients

  • Carrots
  • 120 grs Orange juice
  • Thyme
  • 100 grs Brown Butter
  • 8.5 grs Dry Chipotle
  • 50 grs Garlic Confit
  • 50 gts Miso paste
  • Salt
  • 13.5 grs Guarg gum
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • 85 grs Sugar
  • Water
  • 25 grs Whole Coriander
  • Black Pepper

Carrot Puree & Brussels Directions

  1. Take all the ingredients to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 1 minute.
  2. Let cool down at room temperature and then whisk in the guar gum.
  3. Keep cold.
  4. For the Brussels: Clean the brussels, cut them in half and remove the middle hard part. Shave them and keep them on an airtight container.

Seared Oyster Mushroom Ingredients

  • 1 pint Cleaned Oyster Mushrooms
  • 1 tasting spoon Shallots brunoise
  • 1/2 spoon Rosemary

Meal Plating

  1. Sear one portion of short rib on a small saute pan, deglaze with 2 oz of beef stock, and covered, put it in the oven.
  2. Dress 50 grams of shaved brussels with 3 tasting spoons of pickling juice.
  3. Pull out the short rib and check with a cake tester that is hot in the middle. Let it rest over a resting rack.
  4. Heat oil on a small sauté pan and sear the mushrooms. When they are well seared on one side, flip them, and add the shallots and rosemary. Cook for 30 more seconds and salt them. Pull them out of the heat.
  5. Plate the warm carrot pure, place the short rib over it and glaze it with the beet glaze.
  6. On one side place the sautéed mushrooms and next to them the pickled Brussels sprouts.

Connect with our November 2021 Chef of the Month
Instagram: @chefpablolamon
Website: https://www.pablolamon.com/
Virtual Classes: https://www.pablolamon.com/virtual-cooking-classes

Chef Carline’s Thai-Inspired Chicken Curry & Coconut Milk Recipe

We’re drooling over Chef Carline’s Thai-inspired Chicken Curry & Coconut Milk Recipe. The savory flavors paired with the creaminess of the coconut milk create a memorable dish for meals to come!

Chef Carline's Thai-Inspired Chicken Curry & Coconut Milk Recipe

Ingredients

*Please make substitutions where necessary based on dietary needs or food allergies

  • 1 package chicken for stir fry approximately ~1 lb.
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 teaspoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Yellow Curry Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Red Curry Paste
  • 2 teaspoons Tsang Bangkok Peanut Sauce (optional)
  • ½ cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1 can Coconut Cream (Unsweetened)
  • 1 glass container Roasted Red Pepper (2-3 diced red peppers)
  • 1 bunch Cilantro (or parsley) (1cup chopped)
  • 1 small package Sugar Snap Peas (1cup diced)
  • 1 bunch Mint (diced 1/3 of a cup)
  • 1 jalapeño (6-9 thin slices)
  • Salted Planters Peanuts (optional)
  • 1 package 8.5 oz Seeds of Change Organic Seven Whole Grains (Microwaveable Rice)

Cooking Tools

  • Large Steak Pan with cover
  • Measuring Cup
  • 2-3 small bowls for chopped vegetables

Directions

  1. Turn stove to high heat and in large steak pan add chicken, extra virgin olive oil, Montreal steak seasoning, yellow curry powder, Thai red curry paste, Tsang Bangkok peanut sauce (optional) and vegetable broth.
  2. Cook covered under medium heat (stirring often) until chicken is ready, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the vegetables, dicing up the snap peas, roasted red peppers, mint, cilantro or parsley and thin slices (6-9 slices) of jalapeño.
  4. To the cooked chicken, stir in can of coconut cream (reduce the liquid), bring to a simmer, then add in mint, cilantro, or parsley, snap peas, and red peppers.
  5. Prepare microwaveable rice per instructions
  6. When rice is ready, divide into serving bowls equally
  7. Add chicken mixture and then sauce to boarder (outer rim) of rice
  8. Sprinkle with salted peanuts, cilantro or parsley, and jalapeño slices
  9. Enjoy!

Chef Carline’s Pan-Seared Halibut Filet Recipe

Fish fanatics, gather round…Chef Carline’s, our October 2021 Chef of the Month, pan-seared halibut filet recipe is light, refreshing and full of flavor. It’s the right choice for a great dinner dish!

Chef Carline's Pan-Seared Halibut Filet Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 Halibut Filets
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (optional)
  • Fresh oregano de-sprigged
  • Fresh basil chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Minced garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Steak seasoning to taste
  • 1 cup Vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1/3 of cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tablespoons Butter

Directions

  1. In steak pan, add butter and canola oil; under high heat sear Halibut filets 2-3 minutes depending on thickness of the filet. 
  2. Flip the filet to continue cooking another 2-3 minutes.  Remove from steak pan and place on a platter.
  3. Add vegetable broth, olive oil (if needed), lemon juice, black pepper, salt, minced garlic, basil, oregano, capers, and heavy cream to the steak pan.
  4. Stir ingredients together, bringing to a simmer for about a minute.  Serve filet on a bed of your favorite carb (e.g., potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, rice) dressed with the sauce.

Chef Carline’s Rustic Fall Quiche Recipe

Fall is among us…and what better way is there to celebrate the spooky season than with our October 2021 Chef of the Month’s Rustic Fall Quiche recipe? Get your taste buds ready!

Chef Carline's rustic fall quiche recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 roll pie crust
  • 2 to 3 cups diced whole tender artichokes
  • 2 to 3 cups diced sweet potato (prepared ahead of time (sautéed in olive oil and a pinch of steak seasoning)
  • 8 oz package grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 oz package goat cheese
  • 1 cup chopped arugula salad
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • butter for 10 ½ inch baking dish
  • 1 egg yolk for edges of pie crust

Directions

  1. Follow label instructions for bringing pie crust to room temperature.
  2. Liberally coat baking dish with butter and form the pie crust in the dish. 
    1. Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl combine diced artichokes, sweet potato, grated parmesan, crumble and add goat cheese, and chopped arugula.
    2. Wet Ingredients: In another bowl combine and wish together egg, heavy cream a pinch each of salt and pepper. 
  3. Transfer the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and use a stainless steel two prong fork to stir and coat all the ingredients. 
  4. Transfer the coated ingredients to the pie crust in the baking dish.  Turn in and crimp the excess pie crust, finish by brushing egg yolk around the edges of the pie crust.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and bake uncovered for 30-45 minutes on the lowest shelf until golden brown. 
  6. Remove from oven; let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.  Slice like a piece of pie and add to serving dish. 
  7. Garnish with water cress or salad greens.  Leftovers can be eaten cold or delicately re-heat sliced pieces in microwave.  Enjoy!  Bon Appetit!

Connect with our October 2021 Chef of the Month
Instagram: @mosaicdelish
Facebook: @carlinesforkandcork  
Website: https://dine4dinners.org/
Blog: https://mosaicdelish.wordpress.com/blog/

Chef Jaycee’s Crab Dip Recipe

The perfect appetizer? We call that Chef Jaycee’s Crab Dip. Our August 2021 Chef of the Month shared his famous crab dip recipe – complete with delicious seasoning and a fiery kick. Get the recipe below!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/3 cup Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/3 cup Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, Cajun Seasoning, paprika, hot sauce, and ground mustard until combined well.
  3. Add crabmeat and fold it all in.
  4. Spread the mixture into a cast iron or baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle with Mozzarella and Cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until hot and has bubbly edges. Garnish with parsley and left over crab meat.

Connect with our August 2021 Chef of the Month
Instagram: @chefjayceee
Website: https://www.chefjaycee.com/
Facebook: @infoChefJaycee 

Chef Jaycee’s Cinnamon Apple Cast Iron Pancakes Recipe

You can never go wrong with pancakes. Make them Chef Jaycee’s specialty Cinnamon Apple Pancake recipe, and you’re in for an even bigger treat! Our August 2021 Chef of the Month truly knows how to up his breakfast (or dinner, why not?) game!

Cinnamon Apple Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Vegetable oil to coat the pan

Apple Topping Ingredients

  • 3 Red delicious apples (large diced)
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon

Pancake Directions

  1. Mix all your dry pancake ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt) in a bowl.
  2. Next mix all your wet pancake ingredients (buttermilk, eggs, butter) in a bowl.
  3. Combine your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients until combined into a smooth mixture.
  4. Place a cast iron pan on medium-low heat. Grease it with oil. Drop a dollop of the batter on the pan. Once bubbles form, flip the pancakes and cook for 1-2 more minutes.

Cinnamon Apple Directions

  1. Add butter to a nonstick pan.
  2. Add diced apples, lemon zest, lemon juice, brown sugar, and cinnamon to the pan.
  3. Cook until the apples are tender and sauces thickens.

Connect with our August 2021 Chef of the Month
Instagram: @chefjayceee
Website: https://www.chefjaycee.com/
Facebook: @infoChefJaycee 

Chef Jaycee’s Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe

Add a twist to your favorite feel-good dish. Chef Jaycee, our August 2021 Chef of the Month, shared his Lobster Mac and Cheese recipe! The lobster makes for a delicious addition to an already tasty meal. Find his recipe below.

Chef Uniform's Chef of the Month, Chef Jaycee's Lobster Mac & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided use
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 4 cups milk (I use whole milk)
  • 1 pound elbow pasta
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Smoked Gouda cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped, cooked lobster meat plus extra for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons chives thinly sliced

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven 350 degrees.
  2. Boil pasta in water for 10-12 mins and drain.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a pot over medium heat. Add the flour, then whisk until combined.
  4. Pour in the milk and whisk until smooth and combined.
  5. Stir in salt, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika and pepper, then bring the mixture to a simmer
    Turn the heat to low, then stir in the cheeses. Stir until the sauce is smooth.
  6. Fold in the pasta first and next the lobster meat. Transfer the pasta to the baking dish.
  7. Sprinkle with chives and garnish with extra pieces of lobster meat.

Connect with our August 2021 Chef of the Month
Instagram: @chefjayceee
Website: https://www.chefjaycee.com/
Facebook: @infoChefJaycee 

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