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.

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

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


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.

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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).


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


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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Cleanup for Pesach

16 Apr

Rob is packing up 90% of the pots and pans while I make the last of our pasta and tomato sauce for dinner.  I also popped the last of the popcorn in the micro so he some thing to nosh on later.  Realizing how small the kitchen is and how much I have to do!

Closing in on Pesach

15 Apr

I was rushing around to get  ready and clean up the kitchen .  I cleaned out all the shelves and bins in the fridge and as I put one back, I knocked into the Pyrex bowl than has my meat balls and tomato sauce.  Oy. all over the fridge, the floor, broken glass etc.  And try to keep the dog away from, it while I cleaned it all up.  then I cut my finger on the glass.

Of course if hubby had done his part cleaning the fridge, this would not have happened.  We are having a skillet dinner with another package of ground turkey.  I am so glad I bought lots of extra meat at Costco!

Right after Shabbat, about 8:30pm we will clean and kosher the kitchen and put the Pesach stuff in the kitchen..   OY. Sunday will be CRAZY!

Chef Helen

Passover Preparation Continued

15 Apr

Dinner for tonight was made already.  Turkey meatballs, pasta leftover from last night, lentil soup,  salad, challah, wine . I will pick up some Stella D’oro cookies for tonight and tomorrow.

I cleaned off some of the shelves in the fridge and have little left to save that is chametz.  Still have a lot of fresh fruit.

If you did not already do the sale of chametz or need info on that go to and look up Passover.  That way any Jew that inadvertently had chametz after thorough cleaning and search, will be ok.  You can also do this with your local Rabbi.  I did this online a week ago.

Chef Helen Gottesman


Using up my chametz Lentil or Split Pea Soup

14 Apr

i am using up odds and ends from my pantry before Pesach. I just started up some easy vegan lentil soup.
1/2 bag lentils
1 medium onion , cut into chunks
2 or 3 stalks celery, sliced
3 carrots sliced
1 clove garlic minced
salt and pepper
bay leaf
2 tsp veg oil

In a dutch oven saute vegs in oil. When they start to brown aadd salt, pepper and pay leaf along with the lentils. Stir to coat all and add twice as much water as lentils and cook for 30 to 45 minutes, until lentils are soft to the bite. simmer on low if dinner is delayed.

Passover Brownie Recipe

14 Apr

I got this recipe from “The Haimishe Kitchen”  volume 2.  I have seen some variations since then,, The beauty of this dish is no separating the eggs, cheap ingredients and nuts are optional.

4 whole eggs

1 1/2 cup sugar

1 cup oil

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 chopped nuts or chocolate chips (optional)

3/4 cup potato starch

Mix eggs just until yolks and whites are combined, but not foamy. Add rest of ingredients and mix just until mixture is smooth. Do not over mix. Bake in 9 by 13 inch pan for 45 to 50 minutes at 350 degrees.

Enjoy and let me know how you enjoy it.

Day 3 Passover Prep

13 Apr

Today I plan on finalizing and printing all recipes.  Vegetables and fruits will be purchased following our Free Networking International meeting.  I have a long list for making the seder and all of the quick meal that are vegetable oriented and chametz free during the week.  We also stay away from the convenience meals during the holiday due to prices and unacceptable quality. (A typical cake mix during the year is under $2.00, during Passover, they are $6.89 in Publix.  So, I bake a lot.  Fortunately it is something I really love to do.  Most of the cakes involve beating egg whites….time consuming.  So < I use my stanby brownie recipe.  Cheaper easier and better than year round.  Nuts are optional.  Recipe to post later


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Day 2 Pesach Preparation

12 Apr

Today, I shopped for the pantry items at Wal-Mart., I got heavy-duty foil and foil pans, Glad ware containers in varied sizes (to package for my client and mu own), a new salt, pepper paprika and cinnamon (all kosher for passover. Also, we got kosher for passover margarine. Next we scoped out Costco in Boca Raton, great brisket from 1.5 to 6 pounds, 1st cut…at 11.00 per pound. yes.!!

Passover/Pesach Cooking and Preparation

11 Apr

Passover/Pesach Cooking and Preparation.

First shopping trip

11 Apr

If everything goes according to plan (how often does that happen?) I will be going to Wal-Mart to get a lot of Glad ware or Ziploc containers as well as Ziploc bags in larger and smaller sizes today.  I also plan on getting at least 2 large rolls of heavy-duty aluminum foil , parchment paper, garbage bags, matzoh meal, potato starch and spices (paprika, salt, pepper and cinnamon) for Pesach.  Rob picked up 14 cartons from the liquor store yesterday (now stacked in the garage) to pack up dishes. I will be using my “good dishes ” for Shabbat and have my regular stuff packed by dinner Friday…..Then again..”man plans, G-d laughs”.

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