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Chef Stephanie’s Cod Zucchini Salad in a Sweet Lemon Sauce

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Chef Stephanie’s Cod Zucchini Salad in a Sweet Lemon Sauce is a light and healthy dish that is easy-to-make, delicious and perfect for summer! Additionally, Chef Stephanie provides great tips on plating that are sure to impress. Get the yummy recipe below!

Ingredients (Serves 4) 

  • 4 Cod filets
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 Large Zucchinis (one green/one yellow)
  • 1 pint – black berries
  • 4 Meyer lemons
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

1. Peel the skin off the Meyer lemons with a vegetable peeler. Scrape away any white pith from the peels with a paring knife. Juice the lemons and strain.

2. Place the Meyer lemon peels, honey and 1 cup of water in a sauce pot.  Bring to boil and reduce heat to simmer until peels are tender, (about 30 mins).

3. Transfer the mixture from the pot to a blender. Add lemon juice and salt, purée it until it is smooth. Keep warm for serving.

4. Season the fish on both sides with salt, pepper and lemon zest.

5. Heat a skillet on high heat until just smoking. Add a tablespoon of olive oil on the pan. Add the fish fillet- presentation side down first, and cook until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. When done, remove the fish from the pan and blot on a paper towel.

6. Shave ribbons off zucchini with a mandolin . Dress with olive oil, salt-pepper and lemon juice. Roll the zucchini strips into small cylindrical shapes.

7. For plating:  Lemon sauce at the bottom, place fish in the middle, arrange zucchini rolls along the sides of the fish, and add blackberries.

Connect with our June Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @chef_stephanie_

Chef Stephanie’s Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe

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Cheesecake is undoubtedly one of the yummiest desserts out there, but picture this: a strawberry cheesecake with an Oreo crust! Chef Stephanie’s Strawberry Cheesecake recipe is guaranteed to satisfy. Get the recipe below!

Ingredients (Serves 16) 

  • 2 cups – Oreo cookies with cream center removed; finely ground (2 sleeves)
  • 1/4 cup – butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons – sugar
  • 4 each 8-oz.-  packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 2/3 cups – sugar
  • 3 tablespoons-  all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon – salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons – pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup – sour cream
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 3 tablespoon- water
  • 2 tablespoons- sugar
  • 1 teaspoon-  cornstarch
  • Red food coloring, (optional)
  • 1 pint fresh small strawberries, washed and hulled

Directions

1. Position oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 325º F. Put a tea kettle or large pot of water on the stove to boil for the water bath.

2. Mix together the crust ingredients and press into 9” spring form pan. You can press the crust just into the bottom, or up the sides of the pan too – baker’s choice. Set crust aside.

3. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and salt until smooth. If using a mixer, mix on low speed. Add the whole eggs and the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well (but still at low speed) after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and sour cream. Pour the batter into the spring form pan on top of crust.

4. Place the spring from pan in a larger roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with the boiling water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the cake pan. (If your cheesecake pan is not leak proof, cover bottom securely with foil before adding water).

5. Bake until the cheesecake is firm and slightly golden on top, 70 to 80 minutes.

6. Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and cool to room temperature. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until very cold, at least 3 hours or overnight. (Overnight is the best).

7. Purée frozen strawberries in a small food processor or with an immersion blender. Press blended strawberries through a fine mesh strainer in to a small saucepan. Add water.

8. In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cornstarch. Stir into the puree in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue cooking and stirring until thickened and clear. Add food coloring, if desired. Cool to room temperature.

To serve: Top each piece of cheesecake with broken Oreo cookies and drizzle strawberry sauce over the top!

 

Connect with our June Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @chef_stephanie_

 

June 2019 Chef of the Month- Stephanie Hamilton

We are so ready for the month of June (can someone say summer?) and with it, we are happy to introduce our June Chef of the Month- Stephanie Hamilton! Chef Stephanie is a creative chef in the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not running her own catering company, she is putting on events and constantly looking for different ways to create delicious new recipes. Read below to learn more about Chef Stephanie’s story!

 

1. Where were you born?

The Great Pacific Northwest is my home. I was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. The Pacific Northwest has so much to offer-fresh seafood with local farmers all just right in my backyard and really an amazing place to live.

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

I am super active in many aspects of the culinary industry, I also have my own catering company ” The Creative Menu”. I pretty much will take on any event that comes my way, since it’s just me. At times, I get those large events that will challenge me, but at the end of the day it is so rewarding. I also love to put on “Pop Up” events, taking smaller groups of guests and creating a fine dining experience in the comfort of a home or small venue. It’s such a fun and creative way to challenge myself by taking a menu and being able to transport the guest somewhere new and exciting with the story you have behind each dish as you go through the night.

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

It’s really hard to pick a favorite kitchen tool, of course I love my Chef’s Knife. Thinking of something even more simple is the actual dish you plate on. The color, shape of the plate or board can change the whole dynamic of a dish. I want a dish that would be brought to life and contribute to the story.

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

My sharpest sense would be my sight, I am able to visualize and create a dish and keep great attention to detail, while not over complicating a dish, keeping it simple and letting ingredients shine. To me food should be vibrant, balanced and just simply put, make you happy.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

Have a mentor that you respect and look up to and learn as much as you can from that Chef. Being able to work side-by-side with a Chef and having a hands-on experience is the best way to learn. Never stop learning and always challenge yourself and finally, do not be afraid to fail, that is the only way to truly learn and grow to be better.

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

What was taught to me was to never waste anything! Learn your ingredients and know how to utilize every component.

7. What does good food mean to you?

Good food to me is simplicity and elegance, not over complicating a dish where flavors get lost.

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

When selecting an outfit, I look for material that is comfortable, washes well and holds its color. I like being able to customize my coat.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?

Favorite ingredients would have to be “Beef & Spices from Spiceology” (tenderloin, trip-tip, brisket, short ribs, etc.) Cooking up a beautiful filet seasoned perfectly with the balanced flavors of Spiceology will hands raise your dish to that next level.

10. Favorite City to dine out in?

Seattle, Washington is such a great city to dine in. Big variety of cultures with some of the best little mom and pop places to eat. The best part is being down by the waterfront and taking a stroll through Pike Place Market.

11. Best Dish you have ever made?

One that is my favorite to make and turns out perfect every time is the Tri – tip coated in a dry rub from Spiceology. It’s cooked on the smoker at 225 degrees for about 90 mins then kick the grill up to high and reverse sear. Top it off with a fresh Chimichurri sauce and serve it up with your favorite side.

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

I love to eat Tacos! Steak, Shrimp, Brisket.  If you’re making it, I’m eating it. Plus, put a fresh bowl of salsa and chips down, and I’m one happy camper.

13. Person you would most like to cook for? 

I would be honored to cook for Chef Thomas Keller.  He is so talented and the chance to cook for and listen to his feedback would be incredible. Being able to learn about his experiences in the kitchen and how he got to where he is would be a great learning experience for me.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

I did not realize in the beginning, but my journey started when I was just a kid. I am very grateful of how it began. I grew up on a little farm, between our farm and my grandparent’s farm we had about 15 acres. We raised our own meat, poultry, beef, lamb, rabbit and had a very large vegetable garden. I was taught the importance of working hard for what you have and never wasting anything.

Growing up I always loved to cook but not sure I really thought I was going to have such a passion for cooking, but then, it really kind of hit me all at once, (That fire & passion that burns inside of you) I took that desire to learn and started teaching myself everything I possibly could learn. Cooking for others makes me so happy, seeing the joy your guest has sitting around a table enjoying their meal and making new memories with their family… that right there is the best thing in the world!

Connect with our June Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @chef_stephanie_

 

Chef Dayanne’s Oatmeal Mini Cake Recipe

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Stir up the most important meal of the day! Chef Dayanne’s Oatmeal Mini Cakes are a perfect treat to have for breakfast (or dessert, you can’t ever go wrong with that)! Chef Dayanne states that you can also make these cakes once and have breakfast ready for a week. Talk about a time-saver!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of old-fashioned oats
  • 1 green apple, chopped or shredded
  • 1/4 cup of raisins
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 pinch of baking powder

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients and let the oats soak up the almond milk.

2. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes.

3. Place the mixture in a muffin baking sheet (don’t forget to grease it first).

4. Bake for 25 minutes.

5. Enjoy!

 

Connect with our May Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @dkpersonalchef

Facebook: @dkpersonalchef

Website: http://www.dayannekadosh.com/

 

CHEF DAYANNE’S EGGPLANT AND WALNUT MEATBALLS RECIPE

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Chef Dayanne’s Eggplant & Walnut Meatball recipe is both vegetarian and carnivore approved! Try this new spin at a traditional dish- trust us, you won’t regret it AND it’s delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 egg white
  • Handful of roasted & chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup of Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Olive oil
  • Basil leaves
  • Salt & pepper
  • Marinara Sauce

Directions

1.  Bring the oven to 365 degrees.

2. Slice the eggplant in fine layers and place them in a large tray.

3. Add salt to both sides of the eggplant layers and place a paper towel on top.

4. Let rest for 15 minutes, the eggplant will “sweat” some water. Dry up with paper towel.

5. Place the eggplant in a greased baking sheet, coat with olive oil and bake until becomes golden brown.

6. Let the eggplant cool down a bit and bring to a food processor. Add shredded mozzarella, garlic powder and half of the bread crumbs. Salt and pepper to taste. Once the mixture is nice and soft, transfer to a bowl. Add the egg whites and stir well, you should have a nice, thick paste.

7. Add the chopped walnuts and mix by hand.

8. Bring the rest of the bread crumbs to a plate and assemble the meatballs. Make sure your hands are wet, make small-sized balls, and roll them in bread crumbs.

9. Bring a skillet to with olive oil to the stove in medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the meatballs, make sure to rotate them so they cook evenly.

10. Add Marinara sauce.

11. Add some basil leaves for garnish, extra cheese if you desire and ENJOY!

 

Connect with our May Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @dkpersonalchef

Facebook: @dkpersonalchef

Website: http://www.dayannekadosh.com/

 

 

CHEF DAYANNE’S ZUCCHINI RAVIOLI RECIPE

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If you’re craving pasta, but still want to eat healthy, then Chef Dayanne’s Zucchini Ravioli Recipe is perfect for you! The dish is made of eggplant and mozzarella zucchini- definitely a delicious alternative to traditional ravioli. Get the recipe below!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 2 large zucchinis
  • 1/2 cup of mozzarella or ricotta cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can of San Marzano Plum tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions for Filling

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Roast the eggplant until soft, let it cool down.

3. Remove the flesh from the eggplant and place in a bowl.

4. Add the eggs and mozzarella and mix everything very well.

5. Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

Directions for Zucchini Layers

It is ideal to have a Mandoline for this part of the recipe, but if you don’t have one
don’t get discouraged. You can still use a potato peeler or practice your knife skills.
Just be very careful!

1. Slice the zucchini in very thin and even layers, this is very important.

2. Add Salt and Pepper to taste to the zucchini.

 

How to Assemble

1. If you have a square mold (it is not necessary but will help you a lot) place the zucchini layers forming a cross.

2. Place some of the filling in the middle.

3. Very carefully bring the sides of the zucchini towards the center, making a nice square shape, and making sure the filling doesn’t come out.

4. Use a cooking brush to put some olive oil on top and place onto a baking sheet.

5. Continue this process until done with filling.

6. Bake all the ravioli until golden brown.

 

Directions for Tomato Sauce

1. Sauté the chopped onion in olive oil until translucent.

2. Add 2 minced garlic cloves. Add San Marzano plum tomatoes and mix well.

3. Add salt and pepper to taste.

4. To regulate acidity add a teaspoon of sugar or more if necessary. You can also add some water if sauce becomes too thick.

5. Bring the heat to low until the tomatoes dissolve.

6. At the very end, add some Chiffonade basil.

7. Mix well

 

Directions for Green Sauce

1. Bring a quarter pot of water to boil (Have a bowl full of iced water next to you).

2. Place the bunch of basil leaves into the boiling water and immediately transfer into the iced water.

3. With a hand blender, mix the basil with garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper

4. Plate and enjoy!

 

Connect with our May Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @dkpersonalchef

Facebook: @dkpersonalchef

Website: http://www.dayannekadosh.com/

Chef Oscar’s Chilaquiles Recipe

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April’s Chef of the Month, Chef Oscar has shared with us his delicious Chilaquiles recipe! A traditional Mexican dish, the Chilaquiles is complete with fried tortilla, fresh Añejo cheese and a mixture of even more yummy ingredients! Get his recipe below!

Ingredients

1 egg, fried, sunny side up

4 Ounces fried tortillas

6 Ounces Mole Poblano

3 Ounces ancient grains & lentils

2 Ounces Crema Mexicana

2 Ounces Añejo cheese

1 Teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted

1 Pinch parsley

Directions

1. In a plate set the FRIED tortilla strips in the center like a nest. (I like my tortillas in thick strips instead of triangles).

2. Heat up the mole until hot and pour on top of the tortilla strips.

3. Drizzle the cream.

4. Sprinkle the cheese.

5. Place fried eggs on top and garnish with the sesame seeds and parsley.

 

Connect with our April Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @oscardelrivero

Website: http://www.jaguarhg.com/

 

Chef Oscar’s Ancient Grains Veggie

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If you’re looking for a healthy and delicious dish, then Chef Oscar’s Ancient Grains Veggie recipe is the way to go! Complete with fresh herbs and savory blends, this recipe contains all the the veggies and grains to satisfy your taste buds.

Ingredients

6 ounces ancient grains

4 ounces veggies (peppers, corn, heart of palm, sweet potato)

1 ounce thyme and mint mojo

2 ounces cilantro pesto

2 ounces red bell pepper sofrito

Directions

Use a blend of quinoa, farro, amaranth and lentils, cooked as per instructions on the packaging.

1. Heat the ancient grains and set on a plate or a bowl.

2. In a hot pan, sauté the veggies in hot oil until golden and add a mint sprig, a thyme sprig and a garlic mojo. (the sweet potato might have to be boiled before this point).

3. Remove the stems of the fresh herbs and set on top of the grains.

4. Place a spoonful of pesto to the right and a spoonful of red pepper sofrito next to the pesto.

 

Connect with our April Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @oscardelrivero

Website: http://www.jaguarhg.com/

 

Chef Oscar’s Vigorón Sauté Recipe

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Our April Chef of the Month, Chef Oscar Del Rivero has shared his delicious Vigorón Sauté Recipe! A traditional Nicaraguan dish, the Vigorón is made of yummy Latin American flavors and fresh ingredients such as yuca and chicharrón! Get the mouth-watering recipe below:

Ingredients

3 ounces pork belly

4 ounces yuca

3 ounces pickled veggies for Vigoron

2 ounces chicharrón

1 pinch parsley, chopped

Directions

1. Boil the yuca pieces and set in the center of a bowl or plate.

2. Prepare pickled veggies with a dash of vinegar, salt and sugar.

3. Top the yuca with pickled veggies.

4. Fry pork belly until golden and set on top of the pickled veggies.

5. Top with chicharrón and sprinkle with parsley.

 

Connect with our April Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @oscardelrivero

Website: http://www.jaguarhg.com/

 

March 2019 Chef of the Month- Chef John Wilson

 

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We’re happy to introduce our March Chef of the Month- Chef John Wilson! Chef John, also known as “The Soup King” is a Chef at Sophie’s Cork and Ale in North Carolina. He is a believer in going the extra mile for his customers and strongly believes that one must “be passionate or go home.” He first fell in love with the kitchen back in high school, and it his positive attitude , perseverance and passion that has led him to his successful chef career! Read below to learn more about Chef John’s Story!

 

 

 

 

1. Where were you born?

Frederick, MD

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

Sophie’s Cork and Ale, Lexington, NC

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

An immersion blender because it can be used for so many different things and dishes.

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

Vision. I like to believe I see everything around me.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

Be passionate or go home.

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

Customer service and by that, I mean always going the extra mile for the customer and making the answer “no” impossible for the guests.

7. What does good food mean to you?

Bringing joy and smiles to faces with “good food”.

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

I mostly look for style, pockets, and heavy or light weight coats or shirts depending on the time of year.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?

I could not survive without honey

10. Favorite City to dine out in?

Winston Salem, NC

11. Best Dish you have ever made?

In my opinion, it was the time I made bacon fat confit rabbit with cornmeal dusted okra, and parmesan polenta cakes.

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

Go to Mom’s house for dinner, good ‘ol southern food, hamburger steaks, friend chicken, mashed potatoes, greens beans etc.

13. Person you would most like to cook for? 

The first chef that ever gave me a chance in the kitchen when I was 17 years old, Sean Devine, I haven’t seen him since I was about 19, and I feel I’ve come such a long way and I know he would enjoy and be proud to eat one of my dishes.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

The kitchen culture and lifestyle, I feel in love with it as a young dishwasher still in high school.

Connect with our March Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @chefjohnwilson

 

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