Well chickadees, I’ve been keeping a pretty low profile while fervently working on the business plan for the next stage of PersonalChefApproach.com. There is no shortage of enthusiasm when it comes to dreaming up new ways of helping YOU get dinner on the table every night. Whether it’s whipping up a new recipe, building custom tools to streamline your shopping and cooking time on the website, or hanging out in the forum making sure new cooks feel comfortable in their kitchens (watch this space for all the new surprises I have in store for you).

Dreaming up new ways of helipng YOU get dinner on the table every night

This old dog has even enjoyed learning new tricks when it comes to food photography, video editing, and tackling social media, but the actual sitting still long enough to put it all on paper is NOT my strong suit.

Still running to dad...

Still running to dad…

So what’s a girl to do? Fly home to enlist dad’s help, of course! We spent the better part of last week locked away together in his office while he taught me the ins and outs of writing a business plan.

Dad when he was president of Younker Bros. Stores

Dad when he was president of Younker Bros. Stores

Not even my businessman father relishes the task – it is an arduous process, so I did appreciate every second of both his help, and the time together. It reminded me of all the loving hours he spent running up and down the streets of our neighborhood holding my bicycle until I could learn to balance for myself, and letting me behind the wheel of his car as he taught me how to drive (a nerve-wrecking task I’ve recently had the pleasure of being on the other side of ).

Learning how to fly...

Learning how to fly…

In fact, it was dad that braved all my Easy Bake oven and kitchen concoctions that eventually led to me becoming the personal chef I am today – although I have to attribute my creative side to my artist mother – who I also must thank for being patient while dad and I worked together on this endeavor.

Teaming up on my business plan

Teaming up with dad on my business plan

Thank you dad, I guess I’ll never be too old for a few flying lessons! I think I owe you a few turkey burgers for teaching me how to fly in the world of business – and for the recipe testing throughout the years!

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Jewels Turkey-Jasmine Burger

Jewels Turkey-Jasmine Burger

This is one of the first recipes I ever wrote, and it won “best poultry burger in America” on Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown, and happens to be my father’s favorite.  Since it is a little labor intensive, I would recommend doing double portions of at least the turkey burgers to freeze for a later date – why make a mess twice when you can do it all at once? After all it is about affording YOU the luxury of time!

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 12 minutes


Cucumber Salad

  • 1 medium cucumber peeled and thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup rice
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 1/4 cup green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Thai chili or Serrano chile seeded and minced
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 4 sesame hamburger buns

Wasabi Mayonaise

  • 1/2 cup homemade mayonnaise, or store bought
  • 1 teaspoon wasabi powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


Cucumber Salad

  1. Toss cucumbers, onions, rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Let it marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.


  1. Mix ground turkey, rice, panko, green onions, egg, sesame oil, soy sauce, Thai chile, and sugar very well. Make into 4 patties. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute burgers until cooked through, approximately 5 to 6 minutes per side (depending on how thick you make them).

Wasabi Mayonaise

  1. While burgers are cooking, toast buns, and mix mayonnaise, with wasabi powder, ginger, and lemon peel in a small bowl.
  2. Drain cucumber salad well.
  3. Smear 1 tablespoon wasabi mayonnaise on toasted bun halves, spread with a layer of drained cucumber salad, then top with burger and cover with bun top.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with a Asian Graffiti Carrot Salad and Five Spice Sweet Potato Fries with Hoisin Ketchup.

Heat To Eat

Vent lid of container and heat in microwave on 50% power for 3-5 minutes; or Alternatively, heat in a skillet over medium heat until heated through, about 4-5 minutes per side.


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  • May 21, 2013
    11:24 am

    (1) In my family, Daddy is still the most powerful word there is.
    (2) Good for you for using his experience to help you – all those years in business make your father a great resource. And since you pay him in turkey burgers, a pretty economical one too.
    (3) My biggest obstacle – being overscheduled. This “Supermom” thing (parent, spouse, chauffeur, daughter, employee, etc.) thing is exhausting! One reason that PCA is so great — when I can set aside a block of time on one day, it saves me on at least 8 other days.

    Back to squeezing 36 hours of activity into a 24 hour day!