I saw a market researcher ask entrepreneurial women today, what the one thing would be, that would make their lives more manageable on the home front? Almost all of them answered “I wish I had a personal chef.”

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The Roving Stove: Affording you the luxury of time

What working woman, or man (there I go being sexist again, sorry guys), especially those with children, have the time or energy to think about “what’s for dinner“, let alone prepare a healthy meal nightly? Unless you are Wonder Woman or Superman, the answer is probably “not me.” If your name isn’t Oprah, chances are personal chef’s are not going to be in your budget either. I know, because I’ve been a personal chef for a decade, and as a small business owner, any discretionary income usually goes back into the business.

The #1 working women's' wish, a personal chef to make dinner magically appear

The #1 working women's' wish, a personal chef to make dinner magically appear

Trust me, the last thing I feel like doing after cooking for clients all day long is to come home, and have to cook again for myself! However, saying you don’t have time to cook is not an excuse, or a necessity any longer. With the hours I work, I learned the hard way that if I didn’t apply my personal chef skills at home on the weekend, I’d end up living on cereal all week. I know you care equally about your own health and comfort too, so I came up with the Personal Chef Approach™ (PCA™) for the home cook. With a little effort on the weekend, you can rock dinner from fridge to table in minutes most nights, and enjoy a lifestyle previously reserved for the rich and famous at a mere fraction of the price.

Julie Anne Rhodes
The last thing I feel like doing is to come home, and cook for myself!

Do yourself a favor, and keep the volume off when that nagging voice in your head starts to whine, “but I don’t know how to cook”, or “I hate cooking.” If you can read, you can cook! The ingredients are all listed for you along with the directions, plus my recipes have been client tested and approved multiple times, so you can trust they work. You also never have to be alone in the kitchen, because members have unprecedented access to my advice and our whole community for support. It is the next best thing to having mom teach you herself, or better. I mean really, how many recipe sites do you know that offer the chef as well as the recipe?

Stressed out and no time for family or friends

Stressed out, and no time for family or friends

Maybe you are not fond of cooking, but I’d be willing to bet you’re less fond of being stressed out, wasting your hard earned money on sub par food, lacking the time to spend with family and friends, and of getting sick! This is a different approach to cooking, so keep an open mind about it, and you might even find you look forward to your time in the kitchen when it isn’t mandatory every day. Plus, having meals ready in advance means you never have to be the family short-order cook again! There will already be a selection of meals for everyone to choose from, and I’ll show you how to make easy adaptations to keep even the fussiest eaters happy.

The Personal Chef Approach™

A Personal Chef Approach™ filled fridge is your wish come true!

So what’s keeping you from joining and revolutionizing your approach to what’s for dinner? Surely not the deliberately low cost! If so, then it boils down to priorities. Skipping one latte a week, or a movie once in a while will afford you the tools to feed you and your family all month long. In most cases, the membership pays for itself! You don’t blow money on fast food fixes, or groceries bought and wasted with good intentions, but no plan of action. That’s without factoring in the preventative healthcare savings in the long run! Honestly, you can’t afford not to use the Personal Chef Approach™, and guess what? Your wish has just came true!

Weekly menu plan

Still not convinced? Purchase the weekly menu plan here, and try it out without making a longterm commitment. You won’t have access to the members community, but you can take the menu, recipes, grocery list, and heat to eat instructions for a test drive; or feast on the recipe recipe of the week. There are as many different ways to apply the PCA™ as there are people using it, so please do let me know how it’s made your life more manageable? Now, would someone please make my imaginary maid, Matilda, a wish come true too?

Sicilian Halibut

Sicilian Halibut

I’ve been making this recipe since my first client requested it, and it still makes me drool ten years later. It seems like everything but the kitchen sink goes into it, yet it somehow creates the perfect symphony of aromas, contrasting textures, and flavors so complex that it’s difficult to believe how easy and fast it is to make.

Servings: 4


1 tablepoon olive oil
2 onions, sliced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons green olives, pitted and chopped
1 teaspoon capers
3 tablespoons white wine
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1-2 drops of hot sauce (optional)
4 6 ounce halibut fillets
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon Italian parsley, chopped


1). Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions and peppers, and cook, stirring frequently, until softened and onions are beginning to get color, about 12-15 minutes.

2). Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes, cook 1 minute.

3). Add the raisins, olives, capers, white wine, oregano and hot sauce (if using), and stir well. Place the halibut on top of the vegetables, cover and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until fish has just steamed through. Sprinkle with parsley and serve hot with vegetables and any residual pan juices poured over the top.

Serving Suggestions:

Garlic sauteed broccolini, broccoli or spinach, and crispy roast potatoes.

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  • June 13, 2012
    10:23 am

    I heart my premium membership!

    I actually ENJOY cooking now because I’ve learned how to do it efficiently with respect to both time and money (both of which are not abundant in my life!).

    When I want to add to the weekly menu plan, I just go to the recipe library where I have a ton of amazing recipes waiting to be tasted by my family.

    What I also love is that all of the recipes are so easy to adapt to a low-carb lifestyle.

    By the way – that photo of the Sicilian Halibut is exquisite!

    • June 17, 2012
      8:36 am

      Heath is editing recipes for me as I load them into the new recipe software, and she’s been laughing her head off at how awful the old ones are!

  • June 13, 2012
    10:27 am

    Sorry, no Matilda to lend you! I can only afford my Judi every other week for a couple of hours, but she helps me so much. And for meals, PCA helps me get my act in gear and actually think ahead, buy groceries and cook. I end up with a couple of weeks worth of meals in the freezer. That makes for an easy meal prep–> heat and eat. Even though I live alone, cooking every day is just not for me. I’d live on cereal, yougurt, and so on. At least now, by putting PCA in motion, I end up eating a variety of foods that are healthier for me in the long run. The cost per month is minor in comparison to the benefits and savings in not dumping food into the bin because it’s not usable. You’re so right, for the cost of skipping a couple of lattes, you get so much more value out of joining the community and having access to the menus and other recipes. Plus, the community has such a wide variety of members all who jump in to help as well as your wonderful advice, encouragement and comments. PCA rocks!

    • June 17, 2012
      8:40 am

      Good point Ruthee! If you have a cleaning lady, I highly recommend doing your cook date right before she/he comes to clean – I’m all for avoiding dishpan hands whenever possible.

  • June 13, 2012
    8:28 pm

    I’m trying that Scilian Halibut on my next trip home. PCA is excellent too if you help look after your parents and want to leave healthy, tasty meals for them. Before I returned to Mumbai, I made up a batch of Jewels’ Cottage Pie for mine. It was great at Heathrow to get a text from Pa saying ‘Cottage Pies were delicious.’ I fInd cooking the PCA way so enjoyable and it really does make a difference to your life.

    • June 17, 2012
      8:41 am

      I just did this for my own parents – left their fridge and freezer full while mom is recuperating from surgery. They call every night so excited with their dinners, and it makes me smile every time.

  • June 16, 2012
    9:39 am

    Not by choice, I did one week of not doing PCA and I swear the air was blue over my head all week. Instead of working on my projects up until 10 minutes before meals, I was stopping work early, making dinner then kicking my butt to get my work done. NOT a fun week.

    That fish is going to be lucky to make it to the cool down stage. It looks Soooooo good

    • June 17, 2012
      8:42 am

      I have those weeks every once in a while, and can’t wait to get back on the program!