Archive | April, 2011

Benefits of Hiring Chef Helen

27 Apr

I help busy people save time cooking for their families.

I help prepare the right foods so clients  will lose weight.

I help save people money on food…less waste as I prepare just what you want/need.

I teach people how to cook so they can find self-satisfaction.

I help people make healthy dietary choices

I help to keep families together at the dinner table.

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Chametz Free

18 Apr

We cleaned everything up for Pesach and cooked up a storm…My son burnt the chometz outside on the grill and the garbage is being picked up now.  officially chometz free.

No bread ..oatmeal, cereal etc no regular salad dressings, soy sauce, mustard etc…..all packed up .  Since we planned ahead, there is less stuff packed away!  Organization has advantages!

A Message for Pesach- The Greatest Success is to help others Succeed (via Tomorrow’s Genius)

18 Apr

Join in. INvite someone to your Seder that otherwise would not participate!

One of the greatest educational moments in the Jewish calendar is the Passover seder night.   This is a night of bringing generations together and bridging the gaps between the past, present and future. This night seats four vastly different children together around one seder table.  These four children represent the gamut of who we as educators and parents interact with in the context of the classroom and home. Let's focus on the third child, th … Read More

via Tomorrow's Genius

Matzoh Balls for a Crowd

17 Apr

I am making 2 seders for 5 (my house) and a seder for 14 (client).  I had to multiply my usual matzoh ball recipe, using just 2 eggs.  I used 10 eggs and an appropriate amt of water, oil. salt. pepper, and matzoh meal.  I ended up with 78 small matzoh balls which are now cooking separately from my already cooked soup.  they will be puffing up as they cook.  I will package them separately from the soup (and the chicken) for my client…can’t wait to eat tomorrow night.

Chef Helen

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Charoses without nuts!

17 Apr

I found a recipe I will be using for my client and myself.

I got this recipe from “entrée to Judaism by Wasserman

8 ounces Medjool Dated

2 Fuji or Gala apples

water

1 cinnamon stick

Place dates in a 2 quart sauucepan with water and cook covered on medium high while you prepare apples. Water should be reduced to below the level of dates and dates should begin to soften.  Peel, core and dice apples into 1/2 inch chunks.  Add the apples and cinnamon stick and cook until apples are soft.  Don’t let water evaporate.  If it does, add 1/4 cup water.  Pass through a food mill or processor.

If the mixture is too watery, cook on low to desired thickness.

Gluten Free Passover Foods

16 Apr
Potato flour.

Image via Wikipedia

For those of you that are on a gluten-free diet, get all you can of the potato starch and cake meal for Passover/Pesach on sale.  It is naturally gluten free!  Just look up the recipes on my website or on the net.

Sponge Cake

Potato kugel

zucchini kugel

Matzoh balls

Pesach cookies made with potato statch, ground nuts or cake meal (from the cakes made with potato starch).

Yum.

Skillet Dinner Recipe

16 Apr

Skillet Dinner Recipe.

1 pound greund beef or chicken or turkey)

1 onion diced

1 TYbsp oil

1 jar tomato sauce

water

1 red  or green pepper diced (optional)

5 to 8 ounces shaped pasta , such as ziti,elbows or farfalle

Pour 1 Tbsp oil into fry pan and heat on medium, add diced onion and diced pepper if you use it, until soft.  Add ground meat and break apart with a fork or wooden spoon as it browns.  When all browned, mix in jar of tomato sauce (I use Newman’s Own Marinara) and mix in,  Wait a minute and add about 6  to 8 ounces  of shaped pasta ,  then add about 1/2 jar of water.  Let cook on low to medium for about 10 minutes until pasta is cooked through… Yum

 

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