Seared Duck Breast with Pomegranate-Cherry Sauce

Why not make something a little out of the ordinary, festive, spectacularly yummy, and deceivingly simple this Christmas party season? Your guests will think your were slaving away in the kitchen all day! You just smile and say “thank you” when they rave…. Keep Reading »

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Balboa Island, California where Daisy and I have been hanging out with my folks for the holidays. Daisy may not be too fond of car travel, but she certainly found her sea legs. The drama queen of dogs – was all whimpers and… Keep Reading »

Keith Haring Gingerbread Art

One of Tatjana’s and my favorite holiday traditions has always been baking and making gingerbread houses together. This year we decided – why not honor a dear friend and create something a little more interesting, so we decided to make Keith Haring gingerbread cookies instead…. Keep Reading »

Dear Jewels: Gluten-Free Holidays

 I’m having a craving for muffins, and was just wondering if you had a recommended substitute for whole wheat flour that is gluten-free (so I can make the breakfast muffin recipe on here). – Penelope, London
Dear Penelope,
Breakfast cravings
Sorghum is what would most commonly be used,… Keep Reading »

A Cyber Monday PCA™ Special

It’s cyber Monday, and I have a deal  you don’t want to miss! Are you still not sure how the Personal Chef Approach™ works, or what it can do for you? The answer is simple – you’ll save time and money, eat healthier, and enjoy… Keep Reading »

Orange Scented Candied Sweet Potatoes

It is just not the holidays without these yummy candied yams oozing in melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. They just go hand in hand with roast turkey in my household. For extra decadence, sprinkle marshmallows over the top and brown under the broiler for… Keep Reading »

Roast Beef

One of my favorite memories of my first trip to London as a teen, was of having a proper Sunday lunch at Simpson’s on the Strand. The famous carvery was known for it’s succulent roast beef, perfectly crisp roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding, all smothered… Keep Reading »

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

I always have a hard time deciding between the pumpkin pie and pecan pie, so I came up with this pumpkin pie ice cream recipe to go with my pecan pie. The best of both worlds. A small scoop will still afford me the tasting… Keep Reading »

Old Fashioned Apple Crumble

One whiff of warm cinnamon apple crumble baking in the oven seems to make the entire house smell cozy! Adding old fashioned oatmeal to the crumb topping adds an extra dimension of texture and crunch to just the right amount of tartness with a hint… Keep Reading »

Red Velvet Pancakes & Waffles

The Waldorf Astoria’s Red Velvet cake has been my absolute favorite since I was a very young girl. You can imagine my delight when I saw red velvet pancakes on the menu at the Larchmont Bungalow, and they certainly did NOT disappoint! This is my… Keep Reading »

Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

A hint of heat from the horseradish takes these creamy mashed potatoes to a whole new level as a perfect accompaniment to most beef recipes. You can of course cut the calories and saturated fats considerably by using a little less butter, and skim milk… Keep Reading »

Turkey Tenders with Pears, Sweet Potatoes & Maple-Cider Reduction

Perfect for smaller Thanksgiving celebrations, plus this recipe is a lighter, healthier alternative to the Thanksgiving classics.
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Parmesan Zucchini Custard

Deceivingly simple to make, yet elegant to serve, this is another kid and adult alike favorite. Perfect for holiday entertaining, because you can so easily increase the servings by multiplying the ingredients and using a larger casserole dish. Experiment with various herbs and spices if… Keep Reading »