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Chef Gina’s White Bean & Swiss Chard Soup

A hearty soup goes a long way. Our May 2021 Chef of the Month, Chef Gina, has shared her famous White Bean & Swiss Chard Soup recipe! Whether you’re staying cozy or just trying to spice up your soup game, this dish is the ideal crowd-pleaser.

Ingredients

  • 1-pound sweet raw Italian pork sausage
  • 1-pound spicy raw Italian pork sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 medium brown onion, diced
  • 1½ cups celery hearts, diced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced]
  • 1 bunch rainbow swiss chard, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 can white beans, drained
  • 8 cups chicken stock (homemade or store bought)

Directions

Step 1: In a large soup pot over medium to medium-high heat, sauté pork sausages in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until golden brown, breaking up and rendering fat out. Transfer sausage to a bowl and return pan to stovetop.

Step 2: Over medium heat, add butter, diced carrot, onion, celery, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Sauté until soft, then add garlic and chopped chard. Add browned pork sausage and can of drained beans, stirring gently to combine.

Step 3: Add chicken stock and bring pot to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes. Let soup sit for at least 30 minutes before serving, garnishing with thyme leaves. As always, soup is better the next day so it’s a great recipe to make ahead of time, too.

Connect with our May 2021 Chef of the Month

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Website: https://www.malibuseasidechef.com/

Chef Gina’s Fall-Inspired Spring Rolls

Our May 2021 Chef of the Month, Chef Gina, has shared her delicious fall-inspired spring rolls recipe! This dish is full of savory veggies like carrots, butternut squash and fresh additions like mint and cilantro. Her recipe serves 8 rolls – find it below!

Ingredients

  • 1 pack spring roll wrappers
  • 1 pack edible flowers (sourced here from Gourmet Sweet Botanicals)
  • 2 red or orange bell peppers, julienned
  • 1½ cups carrots, julienned
  • 1½ cups butternut squash, boiled until tender and julienned
  • 1 bunch each of fresh basil, cilantro and mint, stems removed

Roll Directions

Step 1: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add rice noodles to cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain rice noodles and pour cold water over to cool.

Step 2: In a medium bowl, mix carrots, bell peppers and butternut squash.

Step 3: Fill a large bowl with warm water. Dip 1 wrapper for a few seconds and lay flat on a wooden board. (Two wrappers can be used if they break easily.) On the center of wrapper, place edible flowers first, then continue with a handful of rice noodles, vegetable and squash mix, and herbs.

Step 4: Fold uncovered sides towards the center of wrapper, then roll gently from one end to the other until sealed snugly. Rolls can be kept whole, cut into pieces like sushi, or cut in half diagonally.

Dipping Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 10-ounce bottle of your preferred sweet chili sauce
  • 1 bunch each fresh basil, cilantro and mint, stems removed.

Dipping Sauce Directions

Blend sauce and herbs in a blender until herbs are in small bits. Serve beside spring rolls.

Connect with our May 2021 Chef of the Month

Instagram: @malibuseasidechef

Facebook: @malibuseasidechef 

Website: https://www.malibuseasidechef.com/

May 2021 Chef of the Month – Gina Clarke

Our May 2021 Chef of the Month is the talented Chef Gina Clarke! Chef Gina is California-born and raised and now resides in Malibu. She’s the head chef and owner of Malibu Seaside Chef, a high-end private chef service that provides catering, fine dining and more!
Chef Gina first studied at the French Epicurean School in Los Angeles and then apprenticed under renowned Chef Giuliano Bugialli in Florence and Wolfgang Puck in Malibu. Among this chef’s clientele are movie stars, musicians and athletes!
Chef Gina is passionate about traveling and creating delicious masterpieces. She is strong-willed and open for new techniques, ideas and methods of cooking. She believes that you can always learn from someone else when it comes to food. We can’t wait to introduce her and some delicious recipes!

1. Where were you born? 

I was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, California which lies on the Central Coast. Incredible coastline with beautiful beaches, farms, vineyards and farm to table food.

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

I am head chef and owner of Malibu Seaside Chef. I am a high-end private chef that provides services for catering, fine dining, and events. I am based out of Malibu, California, but service all of Southern California and have traveled to other states and countries to work.

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

Anything “Le Creuset” I’ve been using their pans for years and they are tried and proven with all dishes. They are beautiful, nonporous, not-reactive and resistant to scratches. They retain the heat and cook evenly throughout.

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

For me, the sense of “smell” is the sharpest of any. I can almost tell what food will taste like by the smell and if it needs any adjustments. Smell also brings back memories of prior food, restaurants and travel.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

You need to always educate yourself and be open for new techniques, ideas and methods of doing things. You can always learn from someone when It comes to food.

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

Every Chef should be able to improvise in times of need. You may be faced with many obstacles that force you to adapt and overcome in order to succeed. I’ve shown up to cook five course meals and the oven doesn’t work, thus, I’ve had to improvise and cook entire meals on the BBQ.

7. What does good food mean to you?

Good food to me incorporates all sense, I love the way food smells, tastes, the color, the textures and how it makes me feel. There’s no better food than when it brings people together.

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

The features to me that are important in a chef’s outfit are comfort, proper fit, durability and it has to be stylish.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with? 

I love using aged Balsamic, I can use it in marinates, salads dressing, soups, drizzled over fruit and veggies.

10. Favorite City to dine out in? 

Florence, Italy. I attended cooking school in Florence, Italy and was able to sample the flavors throughout the region. It’s a magical city with incredible dining, flavors, wine and old-world restaurants.

11. Best Dish you have ever made? 

It’s hard to pick, but my husband dies over my Osso Buco. Veal shanks braised with vegetables, wine, and broth served over risotto or polenta.

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

I definitely enjoy food and dining out gives me inspiration. My favorite foods to eat on my days off are Indian, Persian, Thai and Sushi. I love big, bold flavor and lots of spices.

13. Person you would most like to cook for? 

I think it would be amazing to cook for the Pope, I’d make him some amazing Italian food and finish it off with dessert and a good espresso.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

I was an international model from the age of 16 to my early 30’s and was fortunate travel, dine and sample food around the world. This captured my attention to food and I wanted to do something after my modeling days were over that was creative and innovative. Becoming a chef fulfilled that creative side in me and allowed me to continue supporting myself in a way that I felt needed.

Connect with our May 2021 Chef of the Month

Instagram: @malibuseasidechef

Facebook: @malibuseasidechef 

Website: https://www.malibuseasidechef.com/

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Chef Gina’s Pesto Recipe

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Roasted Pesto Potatoes, Pesto Noodles, Caprese Grilled Cheese with Arugula Pesto and Pesto Salad. What do all these delicious dishes have in common? Pesto.

Pesto is a delicious, yet simple sauce that can be bought at any supermarket or grocery store, but Chef Gina has a better idea. She has shared a great and simple-to-make pesto recipe that is guaranteed to enhance the flavor to any dish! Find her recipe below.

Ingredients

Fresh Basil(2 -3 cups, but I say you can never have enough basil)

Sometimes I’ll add arugula if I have leftover for some extra kick & nice color 

Pignoli nuts (about 2-2.5 tablespoons)

Fresh garlic (to taste)

Cucina Bambina Extra Virgin Olive oil

Parmesan cheese

Salt & pepper

Directions

1. Blend basil, pignoli nuts and garlic in a blender. Gradually add the olive oil and Parmesan cheese until desired consistency.

2. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

3. Enjoy!

 

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Chef Gina’s Bruschetta Recipe

Bruschetta is a tasty and easy-to-make dish that can be a great compliment to an Italian entree, a delicious appetizer, or even a platter to serve while entertaining! Our Chef of the month, Gina Sansonia has shared her yummy Bruschetta recipe. Find it below!

Bruschetta

Ingredients

Roma tomatoes – small dice (leave seeds & juice that’s the best part!)

Chopped Basil

Cucina Bambina Extra virgin olive oil

Red onion – small dice (optional)

Salt

Pepper

1 clove of garlic – minced (you can use garlic powder if you don’t have fresh garlic)

1 baguette – thinly sliced on a bias

Directions

1. Lightly brush/drizzle olive oil on bread slices.

2. Season bread with salt and fresh pepper, then toast in the oven to a desired crisp.

3. Set aside and allow to cool.

4. In a separate bowl, mix all the ingredients.(You can do this a day or so in advance for the flavors to marinate together. The longer it sits, the better it tastes).

5. When ready to serve, spoon tomato mixture over your toasted bread. (I use a slotted spoon to ensure the bread isn’t too wet).

6. Spoon a little of the juice on top & garnish with extra basil.

7. Assemble when ready to serve & enjoy!

Connect with our November Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @cucinabambinainc

Twitter: @CucinaBambina

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