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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 Barbara’s Zucchini Pancakes Recipe

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The inspirational Chef Barbara has shared her delicious, vegetarian-friendly zucchini pancakes recipe. Now you can enjoy a simple treat without any added guilt- all with ingredients that can easily be found in your kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 2 Medium zucchinis
  • Grater
  • 1 TSP of salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup of flour
  • Canola oil

Directions

  1.  Grate the zucchini and squeeze to let out the water.
  2.  Add the salt, 2 eggs and mix.
  3.  Add the flour and mix.
  4.  Fry the zucchini mix in canola oil.

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Chef Barbara’s Pollo Alla Cacciatora Recipe

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Our April Chef of the Month, Barabara Pollastrini, has shared her mother’s delicious chicken recipe: Pollo Alla Cacciatora. Chef Barbara’s dish rendition is created using basic items that you can find in your refrigerator and pantry. We’re sure it won’t disappoint. Find the recipe below!

Ingredients

  • Organic Chicken
  • 2 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • Rosemary Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar

Directions

  1. Sautee EVOO, rosemary and garlic for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken, then salt and pepper.
  3. Cook chicken for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the wine and vinegar to the chicken.
  5. Cover and cook until the chicken is completely done. Add some water if needed.

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Chef Barbara’s Santa Barbara Pasta Recipe

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If you’re looking for a different twist to a classic pasta dish, then Chef Barbara‘s Santa Barbara Pasta recipe is ideal for you. Not only is this dish tasty, but her use of colors & food styling instructions make it an eye pleaser. Get the recipe below.

Ingredients

  • 80 grams of Rustichella blue spirulina pasta
  • 2 grams of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of homemade butter with sea urchins
  • 1 pinch of minced garlic
  • Shrimp coral (obtained by squeezing the head)

For dish decoration:

  • 1 Santa Barbara Prawns
  • 1 Tablespoon of Beluga caviar
  • 1 Sea urchin
  • 1 violet

Directions

  1. Cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling salted water, drain al dente.
  2. Cut the top cap over the sea urchin curls and gently remove the internal eggs with a teaspoon, placing them in a bowl with ice.
  3. Prepare the homemade butter and blend the eggs previously obtained from the sea urchin, leaving a hedgehog tongue for the final decoration.
  4. In the meantime, in a frying pan, soften the urchin butter at room temperature, add the garlic and the prawn’s coral and mix everything together.
  5. Meanwhile fry the head off the prawn until it becomes crunchy.
  6. Brown the prawn tail on a pan for a few moments with a little salt and pepper
  7. Drain the spaghetti and pour into the pan, stir gently for a minute with the heat off, until the butter melts completely.
  8. Serve the pasta, place the shrimp and its head on the side of spaghetti, add the urchin’s eggs and caviar.
  9. Decorate with a flower

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APRIL 2020 CHEF OF THE MONTH- BARBARA POLLASTRINI

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Born in the beautiful city of Rome, and now residing in sunny Los Angeles, we’re proud to introduce our April 2020 Chef of the Month- Barbara Pollastrini! Chef Barbara is an impressive, creative chef with an incredible talent for food styling. She even worked as a food stylist for movies! She attributes her love of cooking back to her mom, who would create unforgettable meals with the simple things she had in her fridge. Now, due to COVID-19, she is giving back and serving food to hospitals, caregivers, law enforcement and first responders along with Domingo Deli in Encino. We’re so honored to feature Chef Barbara. See her story below and shop her look!

 

1. Where were you born?
I come from the Mediterranean world; where eating is the highlight of the day, looked forward to and enjoyed as if it were a sacred ritual.
Italy is my home. I was born and raised in Rome, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

2. Where do you work and where are you based?
I worked as a personal chef for many years and as a food stylist for movies. I am also the only Italian ambassador of The Taste USA and I am an Executive Chef. Currently during this COVID-19 crisis, I am giving back and serving our heroes: children hospitals, general hospitals, law enforcement and first responders with Domingo Deli in Encino. I love this initiative.

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?
A sharp knife can help you accomplish a number of tasks quicker and more efficiently than any machine. I also use my hands a lot (with gloves, of course).

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?
As a chef, it would have to be the sense of taste. However, learning to trust all your senses in the kitchen takes time and practice, but definitely smell is my sharpest sense. You can distinguish over 1 trillion unique scents. Most of the eating experience is actually experienced by your sense of smell.  Any flavors you perceive beyond the basic flavors (Salty, Savory, Spicy, Sour and Sweet) are perceived nasally.

The sense of Sight, for me as a chef and food stylist, is super important : your sense of sight is not as broad as your sense of smell, but can still distinguish several million shades of colors. Ugly food turns people off fast!

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?
Work ethic and attitude is everything. Never stop learning, from anybody and or anything.

6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?
Consistency is the key for a successful career

7. What does good food mean to you?
Good food means love, passion and dedication.

8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit?
Style and comfort. Short sleeves is a must.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?
I can’t live without Sicilian Sea Salt Sea, sun and wind are the only ingredients used to obtain this unrefined sea salt.

10. Favorite City to dine out in?
Naples.

11. Best Dish you have ever made?
Recently, I created Pasta with Santa Barbara Spot prawns, uni and caviar. Its different flavors and texture make it delicious.
12. What you like to eat most often on your days off?
I love trying new restaurants, there are so many talented chefs in Los Angeles!
If I am home, I enjoy pizza and take-out food (Chinese food is one of my favorites ever)!

13. Person you would most like to cook for?
Keanu Reeves. I am sure he will appreciate my cooking skills

14. What made you decide to become a chef?
My mother, she was my inspiration. I would say I started my love of cooking just by watching her create unforgettable meals with only what was available in her refrigerator.

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