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Chef Karen’s Coconut (CocoLoco) Mousse Recipe

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If you’re looking for a light and creamy dessert, look no further than Chef Karen‘s Coconut Mousse recipe. This fluffy sweet treat is easy to make and guaranteed to satisfy. Get the recipe below!

Ingredients

  • 250 grams (8.8 ounces) Mascarpone cheese

  • 100 ml. (1/2 cup) coconut milk 

  • 250 ml. (1 cup) heavy whipping cream

  • 2 egg whites

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract

  • 6 tablespoons icing sugar

  • 150 grams (6 ounces) whole wheat graham cracker crumbs

  • 50 grams (2 ounces) melted butter

  • 50 grams (2 ounces) fresh coconut flakes

Directions

First of all, you need to prepare your coconut flakes.

  1. Using a sharp tool, carefully poke a hole in each of the three spots on the top of the coconut. Flip the coconut over onto a cup or bowl and allow draining.
  2. Preheat your oven to 180 C (356 F) and place your coconut on a baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until you see a crack developing. Separate the white meat from the shell using a knife.
  3. After you have the white meat cleaned and cut into pieces, you could either shred it using a hand shredder or a food processor.
  4. Mix the graham crumbs with the butter and the coconut flakes. Place the crumbs in every serving cup and press until a crust layer forms.
  5. Mix the Mascarpone cheese, coconut milk and coconut extract in a large bowl, using either a rubber spatula or your food processor.
  6. Mix the heavy whipping cream with 3 tablespoons of sugar and vanilla extract, using a hand mixer or a stationary mixer. Place the whipped cream in the refrigerator until you need it.
  7. In another bowl, combine egg whites and the rest of the sugar and mix on highest speed of your electric mixer until stiff, dry peaks form.
  8. Add the whipping cream to the Mascarpone mixture and carefully mix, using a rubber spatula. Then add the egg whites.
  9. Be careful not to over mix & pour the mixture in the serving cups. Serve cold.

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Chef Karen’s Marble Cupcakes Recipe

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Here’s a recipe you can “marble” at. Our May Chef of the Month has shared her Marble Cupcakes recipe- you’ll never have to choose between chocolate or vanilla.

Now you can have your cupcake…and eat it, too!

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup cake flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup milk, room temp
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream, room temp
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, sifted
  • 3 large eggs, room temp
  • 1/2 tsp pure Dominican vanilla extract
  • 1/2 pure Mexican vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • Cream cheese frosting or confectioners sugar to put on tops of cupcakes

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tins with paper liners. sift cake flour, baking powder, and salt in bowl.
  2. Combine milk and cream in separate bowl. With an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating until each is incorporated. Beat in vanillas.
  4. Add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with 2 additions of the milk mixture. Beat until combined.
  5. To make chocolate batter: measure out one cup of batter, transfer to other bowl. Combine cocoa and boiling water in a bowl. Stir into reserved 1 cup batter.

  6. Fill prepared cups with alternating spoonfuls of vanilla and chocolate batter, filling each 3/4 full.
  7. Run toothpick through batter in figure-eight pattern to make swirls. bake, rotating half-way through, until tops are golden and cake tester comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
  8. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Decorate with Buttercream or powdered sugar.

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Chef Karen’s Limoncello Buttercream Recipe

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Add zesty, creamy Limoncello Buttercream to your next culinary masterpiece courtesy of our May Chef of the Month, Chef Karen. This frosting is perfect for cake fillings or frosting toppers (or eat it alone, we don’t judge). Chef Karen’s perfected recipe can be found below.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Butter – Softened (we used Salted Sweet Cream Butter)

  • 5 cups of Powdered Sugar

  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract 

  • 1 tablespoon of Lemon Zest

  • 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed Lemon Juice

Directions

  1. In a mixer, add the butter and the lemon juice.
  2. Mix together on low speed until they are completely combined.
  3. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time and continue to beat on medium speed until the frosting is creamy.
  4. Add the lemon zest and 1 small drop of yellow food coloring (if desired)
  5. Add clear vanilla extract
  6. Continue to mix.
  7. If the frosting is too runny, add 1/2 cup additional powdered sugar.
  8. Keep adding powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until you have the frosting at the desired consistency.

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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 and shop her look!

 

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.

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Chef Kryssie’s Vegetarian Pancit Carbonara Recipe

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Our March Chef of the Month has shared another delicious treat – her Vegetarian Pancit Carbonara recipe. This popular Filipino noodle dish is healthy and full of flavor. You can also enjoy it for lunch or dinner, find the recipe below!

Ingredients

Directions

Fried Enoki Mushroom Directions

  1. Set your fryer to 350F
  2. Cut off ends of mushrooms and separate.
  3. Fry Enoki mushrooms until crispy.
  4. Drain and season with salt and pepper.

Putting it all together

  1. Bring water to a boil. Season with salt
  2. Cook noodles until al dente
  3. Transfer noodles on your serving dish and dispense your siphon over the noodles. Garnish with fried Enoki mushrooms.

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Chef Kryssie’s Ube Crepe Salad Recipe

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It’s been a difficult time in the Chef community, but we’re excited to share our March 2020 Chef of the Month‘s recipe for you to try at home! Chef Kryssie’s Ube Crepe Salad is the perfect twist to keep your chef mind busy and your stomachs satisfied. Get cookin’ below!

A note from the chef: “You can use any market vegetables available or to your liking. In my case, I used watermelon radish, shredded red and green cabbage, carrots and baby pea shoots”.

Ingredients

Savory Ube Crepe Ingredients

  • 1 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 TSP Ube extract (you can find at any Asian grocery store. Preferred brand is Butterfly)
  • 1 1/2 Cups whole milk, divided use
  • 1/4 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus whole butter for cooking crepes

Sambal Peanut Crumbs Ingredients

  • 1 Cup chopped dry-roasted, salted peanuts
  • 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 Cup butter, melted
  • 3 Tablespoons sambal
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/8 Teaspoon salt

Soy-Peanut Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup hot water
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 1 Teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

Directions

Savory Ube Crepe Directions

  1. Whisk together the flour, eggs, 1/2 cup milk, ube extract, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Continue whisking until you have a smooth batter.
  2. Add the remaining cup of milk and stir well to combine. Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator to chill the batter for at least 30 minutes or several hours.
  3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Just before you are ready to make the crepes, whisk in the melted butter. The batter should be the consistency of heavy cream; if it is too thick, add milk slowly while whisking constantly until it is the right texture.
  4. Heat a 9-inch non-stick skillet or crepe pan over medium heat. Melt a teaspoon of butter in the pan or spray with vegetable spray and heat the pan until a drop of water “dances” across the surface.
  5. Using a ladle or a measuring cup with a lip, pour about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the batter into the pan. Hold the pan with 1 hand and pour the batter in with the other.
  6. Swirl the pan while pouring, so that the batter covers the pan thinly and evenly for each crepe. Pour off any excess batter. Try not to leave any holes. After the first few crepes you will know exactly how much batter your pan will hold.
  7. Cook the crepe over medium-high heat until the edges turn brown, about 15 seconds.
  8. Flip the crepe using a small spatula and your fingers. Cook on the second side for another 10 to 15 seconds. The second side will not be as evenly browned as the first side.
  9. Remove the pan from the heat and invert it over a warm plate to stack the crepes. Keep warm until ready to use. Continue making crepes with remaining batter, adjusting the heat as needed.

Sambal Peanut Crumbs Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Stir together all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Lay flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes or until brown.
  5. Crumble into small pieces.

Soy-Peanut Dressing Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and whirl until smooth

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Chef Kryssie’s Chicken Adobo Recipe

Chef Kryssie’s delicious Chicken Adobo recipe consists of a savory blend of fresh ingredients and a delectable aroma. Channel our March Chef of the month by following her impressive recipe below!

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Ingredients

Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 Chicken thigh, boneless, skin/on
  • ¼ Cup white vinegar
  • 2 TBSP soy sauce
  • 1 TBSP chopped garlic
  • 1 TBSP ground black pepper

Adobo Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 Cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup soy sauce
  • 1 Whole garlic bulb, smashed and peeled
  • 2 Teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 Teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 Cup water
  • Cornstarch slurry (2 parts water, 1 part cornstarch)

Coconut Carrot Puree Ingredients

  • 1 Peeled carrot, medium diced
  • 1 Small onion, chopped
  • 3 Cups Coconut milk
  • Salt to taste
  • Fish sauce – to taste

Braised Collard Greens Ingredients

  • 2 Strips bacon, cut into small lardons
  • 1/8 Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 Cloves garlic, sliced
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 Large bunch collard greens, stemmed and sliced into 1-inch strips
  • 1/2 Cup chicken stock
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Chicken Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Marinade chicken for 1-2 hours
  3. Using a large muffin pan, form the chicken with the skin side up into the muffin pan. It should look like a ball.
  4. Roast chicken for 10-20 minutes or until cooked through.

Adobo Sauce Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a sauce pot. Simmer until reduced and thick. Set aside.
  2. Strain sauce
  3. Add cornstarch slurry to desired thickness.

Coconut Carrot Puree Directions

  1. Simmer carrots, onion and coconut milk until tender.
  2. Drain and reserve cooking liquid.
  3. Blend in Vitamix until smooth – you can pour reserved cooking liquid as needed.
  4. Season with fish sauce and salt to taste.

Braised Collard Greens Directions

  1. Cook the bacon in a deep saute pan on medium-high heat until crisp, then set aside, leaving the fat in the pan.
  2. Add the red pepper flakes, garlic and lemon zest, and saute until fragrant.
  3. Add the collard greens and cook until they begin to wilt.
  4. Add the chicken stock and 1/2 c water and cover, lowering the heat to a simmer.
  5. Let cook until the greens are tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Uncover, add back the bacon, raise the heat to medium-high, and reduce the liquid by one-quarter, 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Add the lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.

Final Directions

  1. Place coconut carrot puree on bottom of plate
  2. Lay braised collard greens and place chicken on top.
  3. Pour glaze over and garnish with baby pea shoots.

 

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Chef Ethan’s Smoked Chicken Wings Recipe

Chicken wings are a delicious go-to meal that is ideal for lunch or dinner. Chef Ethan‘s Smoke Chicken Wing recipe is a different approach for a well-loved classic. The addition of cinnamon and cayenne pepper give it that extra kick that will definitely have people talking! Get the recipe below.

Instructions

  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated onion
  • 1 Tablespoon dark chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon light chili powder
  • 1 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon ground mustard

Directions

  1. Mix spice mixture onto wings and allow to sit at minimum 2 hours, but overnight is STRONGLY SUGGESTED.
  2. Smoke at 225 degrees F for 2.5 hours using peach wood-chips.
  3. Optional accompaniments: Ranch, Blue Cheese dressing, BBQ sauce

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Chef Ethan’s Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Poke Recipe

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Chef Ethan‘s Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Poke is a fresh & light dish with a tangy taste that is ideal for lunch or dinner. If you love fresh Asian flavors with a tropical twist, this is the recipe for you!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 Lbs Fresh Tuna (small dice)
  • .25 Lbs Pineapple (small dice)
  • 2 Green onions (small dice)
  • 4 Cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 Tablespoons ginger (minced)
  • 1 Teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 Teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Sriracha
  • 1.5 Tablespoons chili garlic paste
  • 1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Mirin

Directions

  1.  Combine all the ingredients together.
  2.  Let ingredients sit at least 1-2 hours.

Optional accompaniments: fried wontons, seaweed salad, sticky rice, avocado and nori.

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Chef Ethan’s Soy Chili Roasted Potatoes

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Add a kick to any meal with Chef Ethan‘s Soy Chili Roasted Potatoes recipe. The Chili Soy sauce adds a bold flavor, while still being quick and easy to make. Find the recipe below!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 Lbs. fingerling potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon chili garlic paste
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 Teaspoon rice wine vinegar

Directions

  1. Add vegetable oil, soy sauce, chili garlic paste, butter, black pepper, vinegar and salt to create the Chili Soy Butter.
  2. Roast potatoes at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.
  3. Toss potatoes in Chili Soy Butter & Serve.
  4. Optional: accompany dish with spicy mayo and green onions

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