Developing and testing recipes is one of my favorite parts of my career. Every recipe is a new blank canvas I get to paint with flavor.  I always find chillier, rainy weather most conducive to the process, so it’s been a productive week.

Jewels dreaming up new reicpes

Jewels dreaming up new reicpes

The challenge has been in learning how to plate and photograph that food, so it looks as good as it tastes, so food photography has also become a passion. I’m not always successful, but I do try!

Recipes developed by Jewels

Recipes developed by Jewels

Testing a new PCA recipe goes beyond whipping up something tasty, it has to store well (either in the refrigerator or freezer), then heat to eat maintaining it’s original boldness of flavor. After all, recipes are the building blocks and success of everything the Personal Chef Approach has to offer, and we want our members to trust they can rely on every recipe.

Now, you do have to put some elbow grease into the Personal Chef Approach process. A fridge full of meals doesn’t just magically appear – it does require setting a few hours aside to make those delicious meals in advance (I always recommend putting your cook date on the calendar the same way you would any other commitment), but the benefits far outweigh the effort. Please watch the video above to see why, and the one below to see how it works.

Apart from truly enjoying the recipe development process, I try to publish a new recipe every week, so members never tire of  building their own new custom menu plans , or enjoying the “no-brainer” approach with the weekly menu I plan every week. Here’s the very first recipe I ever developed for you to try (it did win best poultry burger in America in Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown). What’s been your favorite Personal Chef Approach recipe?


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! 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.

Gift Certificates for every budget

Gift Certificates for every budget

PS. Don’t forget Personal Chef Approach Gift Certificates make a great gift for the cook in your life (or one that wants to learn). It’s the gift that may give back to you (if they invite you for dinner)!



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  • December 15, 2014
    12:25 pm

    I love the cucumber salad! But, I’m still hooked on the tofu roll ups in romaine lettuce leaves. I love everything that I’ve tried and I admit, I need to widen my usage of recipes. But,when you get hooked on something, it’s hard to move away from it. I am going to bake up the biscotti recipe for gifts and try a couple of variations just because it might be fun to have different ones on my cookie platter. I’m thinking of dried cherries or cranberries with mini chocolate chips and maybe almonds and chocolate chips. Any way I go with them, they will be delicious!

  • December 15, 2014
    12:54 pm

    You know what might be really good is using cocoa to make a chocolate biscotti (instead of adding chocolate chips) with the dried cherries, YUM!

  • December 15, 2014
    4:41 pm

    I love the idea of adding cocoa to the biscotti! That with the dried cherries would be awesome and different from the other goodies I’m making. Thank you for the idea Jewels! That’s why we rely on you for ideas and recipes.