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Chef Helen’s Summer Special Personal Chef Services

25 Jul

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3 Tips to Make Pasover Easy and Avoid the Expensive Stuff!

13 Apr

For many years I heard the complaints and gave in.   I kept kosher and like so many other people I found that my husband and son  thought that they could not survive without pasta or Cheerios for 8 days.  So, I gave in,  I bought the Pesach version of pasta (yuck!) and the Pesach version of Cheerios (3 or four times the price per volume!) and found they were not very good.

I found some basic steps I could take to minimize the expense by avoiding the prepared or convenience items which I rarely use anyway and maximize the taste by using more fresh products.So, no cake mixes.  No paying extra for broken matzoh (crumble it yourself if you need to!). Enjoy my brownie recipe using potato starch rather than flour!

First, think in terms of the Mediterranean diet or the Oriental diets.  More vegetables, prepared different ways alongside smaller portions of proteins for dinners especially during the week. I love roasted vegetables (white and sweet potatoes, zucchini and more) alongside roasted or baked chicken as well as a stir fry of onion, garlic, mushrooms, peppers, zucchini and yellow squash and more.  There is always salads like spinach with strawberry to spice things up.

Secondly, think a bit of flexibility on your menus. Burgers don’t need fillers such as matzoh meal or bread crumbs.  Without that, they don’t need the egg t hold it together. Mix the ground beef with chopped onions and garlic and shape the burgers into sliders. Bake, grill or fry as normally would and enjoy!  You can also add herbs in the mixture as you choose!

Thirdly, since my husband is now Gluten-Free as we found out he has Celiac I prepare his food without wheat. We love to make potatoes several ways.  I make potato kugel (with or without carrots, zucchini or sweet potatoes for color), I make mashed potatoes with sauteed onion (using olive oil and no dairy or dairy substitute).  Now according to many authorities quinoa is acceptable during Passover!! Hooray as we love it.

If you are in the area of Palm Beach County, Florida you can hire ChefHelen as your Personal Chef.  ChefHelen can do the shopping for menus we have planned out together and prepare the meals in your home on YOUR equipment

 

Just call, email or text me to set up your free consultation.  Chef Helen Gottesman

561-676-2078 .chefhelen@helenshomecooking.com

Check out my website at http://www.helenshomecooking.com

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Enjoy Dinners Professionally Prepared in Your Home

21 Mar

Chef Helen prepares weekly meals for you and your family

Meal plans from as little as $25.00 per person!

Experienced in kosher, Gluten-Free, Salt Free and Sugar Free Diets and more.

Call today for your free consultation! 561-676-2078 helen@helenshomecooking.com

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Valentines Day Dinner for 2 Gift Certificates

1 Feb

Are you still trying to get the right gift for your wife, husband, significant other or best friend?  Maybe a gift for someone who just needs a lift? Maybe you want it for yourself?

Relax over a meal made in your home with your pots, pans etc. by a professional Personal Chef.  You can choose from our most popular rib steak, salmon en papillote , chicken Marsala or something else.   We can prepare the meal of your choice including a soup, salad, side dish and dessert.  Valentine’s Day will go quick so order now.  We c an arrange other days according to your needs.ChefHelen

Gluten Free, Special diets (salt free, low fat etc) and Kosher are my specialties

We do all the shopping, cooking ,serving and clean up.

Call 561-676-2078 or email valentines@helenshomecooking,com

Eat This…. Not That

25 Jan

I just started with a new client last week,  nice guy. I found him through a dietitian I had met at least a year or two ago.  When we met  I suggested meeting and seeing if we could work together at least as a referral source for  each other. I tried following up but she did not seem interested.

A few weeks ago I noticed she was a friend of a friend on Facebook.  I “friended” her.  Fortunately she remembered me “Aren’t you the Personal Chef that does Kosher?” She asked.  yes, that’s me.  She told me that she specializes in a specific diet plan and has clients with specific dietary plans.  I told her as long as I know what the client can eat (and can not eat) , how much, and want they don’t like or want and any other specifics to their diet I can make delicious food for them.

Of course, it worked.  Ten meals with sides as well as freshly made brown rice rice, quinoa and hummus and a special salad dressing and happy as a clam.  I asked yesterday and the only problem was that I gave him more hummus than he needed….

Good news.  the dietitian told me that if things worked with the first client more to follow.    Happy dance!

 

Why I Love to Cook for my Clients

31 Dec

In a world where most jobs have us as “cogs in a wheel” working for low wages, without sight of a final goal for the company or ourselves, as a Personal Chef I do everything soup to nets for each client. I find out what
Instead, as a Personal Chef I speak to people about what food means to them that would determine the choices of foods we will prepare for them. Is it simply for nourishment? Must it be a work of art for them to enjoy it? Are there specific dietary needs such as diabetic diet or salt free diet for clients that have been through heat failure or similar issues. Vegetarian or vegan is easy for me since I keep kosher I am very conscious of any indication meat, dairy and shellfish ingredients that would make a dish non-kosher or trayf.
Within the limitations of these health related issues, I find the dishes they most enjoy (or won’t go near). I am able to prepare some of my client’s favorites (and mine) with minor adjustments.
Two weeks ago I prepared one of my signature salmon dishes that normally is marinated in lime, ginger, garlic.oil and soy sauce for a salt free client. I removed the soy sauce for the recipe (I may try the liquid aminos in the future). It was delicious. The husband and wife said they never had such delicious food. I will be back in their kitchen this week to refill their fridge with the foods they most enjoy.
My most requested dishes include roast chicken, beef stew, chicken picata, baked marinated salmon. Roast vegetables, brownies, chicken matzoh ball soup, lentil soup. peanut butter cookies .and meat loaf.
People want healthy well prepared home-style dishes. They can’t believe how good this food tastes. When they tell me this, it is SOOO satisfying. Of course, making money doing what you love is pretty cool too!!
I can use the knowledge I acquired in college studying nutrition as well as the latest trending diet programs to tweak recipes and food choices to an individuals needs.

Call me, tell me what you need, or want. Chef Helen can put together weekly meals, dinners for 2, dinner parties, and of course baking. Always open to new ideas.

Call me at 561-676-2078 or email chefhelen@helenshomecooking.com so I can talk about helping you.

 

Time Magazine’s list of Broken New Years Resolutions Same as 2015?

30 Dec

Man plans, G-d laughs.

We make resolutions whether out loud, written or to ourselves.  According to Time Magazine, here is the list of most broken New Years resolutions.  How can we do better this year?

Do you need someone to guide you with exercise, relaxation, fiscal responsibility, educating yourself, or my favorite:  EATING BETTER.

I can help you with eating better and refer to some of the best local (South Florida) people to help you with the rest!

Do you need help planning menus?Are you looking for someone to prepare meals in your home that will address any health issues and will please the palate of everyone in your household?

Call Chef Helen at 561-676-2078 or email to schedule your free in-home pr phone consultation.

helen@helenshomecooking.com or check out my website at

http://www.helenshomecooking.com

Comfort Foods

15 Dec

As a Personal Chef I talk to people about food. Most importantly I speak with my current and future clients about how food makes them feel.  Food is emotionally charged. Some people had bad experiences, being forced to eat poorly prepared vegetables growing up that made them forever avoid healthy choices and add to their poor nutrition and poor health.

My goal is to turn that around for people.  I talk to the potential client , preferably in their home.  I find out what they eat and WHY.  I am no therapist but giving people roast cauliflower or roast beets that are good enough to snack on has been the beginning of changing people’s lives.

I learn about their cultural food choices.  while with my background as an Ashkenazic Jew, brisket and Pflaumen kuchen top my list as do my mother’s spritz cookies (recipes another time) for an Italian it my be meatballs and spaghetti or Lasagna.  I find your comfort foods, your dietary needs (are you allergic to a specific food? are you kosher (my specialty!!) supposed to lower your fat or salt  or do you just HATE peanut butter like I do?) .

I figure out the menu with your help.  I shop for all ingredients on the way to your home and cook everything there.

Since my focus is kosher clients, by using the clients equipment I don’t have questions about anything getting mixed up.

561-676-2078 helen@helenshomecooking.com

Chef Helen Gottesman

 

 

 

Passover Prep. One day at a time

18 Mar

From 2 years ago. this bears repeating.
I am putting together recipes for a client (seder for 14), and my own family (two seder for 3 to 7 people.0

Since my client wants brisket, poached salmon for 5 , gefilte fish, brownies (no nuts!) and many of the usual side dishes, i am checking for the best possible recipes. I also have to plan on containers for each of us, foil pans, heavy duty foil(LOTS OF IT) for the counters as well as wrapping food for the client, parchment paper, special dish soap, a new salt, pepper, sugar, paprika, cinnamon etc.
So many of these staples need to be kosher for passover, extremely detailed laws concerning this….

Got recipes and most of shopping list together, but it is too early to shop. Need to be rid of all chametz. Such a challenge.
More on chametz tomorrow

Passover/Pesach Cooking and Preparation

11 Mar

I am reposting this from 2 years ago… counting down to Pesach/Passover.
To the observant Jew, preparing for Passover has many challenges and opportunities.  I will plan ahead and not drive myself crazy.. I took an hour this morning and went through my pantry to review what I wanted to use up prior to the holiday (2 started boxes of whole-wheat pasta and one of lasagna noodles).  I look through packages, especially baking items and spices to see they are not expired (the experts suggest keeping the dried spices no longer than 6 months),  I HAD TO DIVEST MYSELF OF THE CREAM OF TARTAR.  A recent client asked me to make baking powder biscuits , insisted she had baking powder and found at the last minute that it expired in 2002, long before she moved to Florida!

.I also go through the medicine chest and find expired over the counter meds and prescription meds. We don’t use a lot of meds so this was a quick process.

By Wed evening there will be no food going out of the kitchen and dining room….I hope.

 

Chef Helen
Helen@helenshomecooking.com
561-676-2078

Pesach Kosher Dinner Menus

8 Jan

I am starting to get calls about catering seders for groups for the Passpver seder. This year (2013/ 5773) Passover begins on March 26th. I am able to prepare food in my client’s home or kosher commercial kitchen. The most requested dinner items have traditionally been turkey or brisket. This year I have have been hearing from people looking at options at a lower cost (also healthier) such as shicken or capon..
I would of course prepare the traditional Seder plates, sides such as tsimmes and potato kugel,appetizer such as as gefilte fish and desserts as well as traditional matzoh ball soup. I have not figured out pricing exactly but we are probably talking about $36/per person with 10 or more people.

Thanksgiving Dinner Planning

15 Oct

I am planning out a Thanksgiving dinner for a client .   turkey, stuffing sweet potatoes, veggies, pumpkin or butternut squash soup, potato kugel and desserts.  Yum!

Who else needs meals or side dishes for turkey day?

561-676-2078  chefhelen@helenshomecooking.com  www.helenshomecooking.com

Kosher Personal Chef in Non-Kosher World

4 Sep

Many of my current and prospective clients are non-Observant Jews in South Florida .  Since I am Observant, I spoke with my rabbi to see how I could cook for my clients in their home who do not keep kosher and still make a living doing this while following Jewish Law (Halacha) which prohibits giving non-kosher food to another Jew.

According to my Rabbi, I need to only offer Kosher meat to my clients, not give them any meat/dairy combinations, and no shellfish.

To accomplish this, I use the equipment the client has in their home (stoves, knoves, potas, pans) and offer an inclusive price for my services so I can offer only kosher food to my clients.  I will make a few dollars less and they get a better product.!!

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Kosher Personal Chef in a Non-Kosher world

4 Sep

Kosher Personal Chef in a Non-Kosher world

Chef Helen Gottesman cooks in South Florida

Sale in Personal Chef Services..Cure for the Summer Doldrums

15 Jul

Sale in Personal Chef Services..Cure for the Summer Doldrums.

Recipes in honor of my mom Ilse Dobrin

10 Jul

My mother passed away Friday morning.  her funeral was yesterday..I am in a very sad place right now but I feel that I could honor her by posting some of her recipes….Maybe my sister, Evelyn will add some.

Personal Chefs are More Affordable Than You May Think!

25 May

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After a networking meeting this morning, someone told me that I have not been including my pricing for my Personal Chef Services in my description of what I do.

First of all, pricing is dependent on the amount of time and challenge involved.  The most requested way I have done my cheffing is called a “five by four” .  This includes five main dishes, four portions each with appropriate side dishes.  I can price these as inclusive of groceries for $395.00 (additional if you need some exotic ingredients or specialty items). As part of my service, I do all of the shopping for the ingredients, after we choose the menu together.

I have also been running an introductory special for new clients to get them to appreciate my service.  for just $219.00 I can prepare three main dishes with sides, four portions each inclusive of groceries.

This special will continue until June 29,2012

Also, I do food demos, cooking lessons in your home (for 1 to 8 or so people) at $40 to $50 an hour (depending on the dishes involved) plus groceries with a 3 hour minimum.

I have partnered with a wonderful local Massage therapist, Fabien de Guffroy on a Dinner and Massage for two.  Fabien will give each of you a massage while I prepare your exquisite, delicious dinner and have your wine bottle ready.  Everything will be served by your own Personal chef .  You will be relaxed, with a clean kitchen and dessert when I leave.

For more information, call 561-676-2078 , email helen@helenshomecooking.com or take a look at my website, www.helenshomecooking.com .

Chicken Soup with Matzoh Balls..Traditional!!

12 Apr
matzo ball soup

matzo ball soup (Photo credit: derek7272)

Fill a small stock pot with water and add a bit of salt.  While this comes to a boil add chicken necks and backs (if you like not wasting the chicken) or some chicken thighs,  Once it comes to a boil, add 3 to 4 peeled and roughly chopped carrots, 2 turnips and 2 parssnips (also peeled and roughly chopped along with 2 ribs of celery. a large onion and few cloves of garlic.  allow to simmer for at lest two hours (covered or not).

The recipe on the package of matzoh meal lists 3 eggs, e/4 cup of matzoh meal and 1/4 tsp salt,  my rercipe is just a bit different.  Beat up the eggs in a small bowl, add the salt, water (1/2 an eggshell full for every 2 eggs) and some fresh chopped dill and or parsly.  Then add the matzoh meal.  When it is mixed, chill it in the fridge for an hour or more and the matzoh meal wuill have a chance to absorb the liquids.  At that time, with wet hands, make mrble walnut sized matzoh balls in your hands and drop them into the slowly boiling soup.  (If the soup is not boiling, the matzoh balls fall apart in the soup….yuck) Cover the soup and let it cook for another hour .  then serve with matzoh balls…

Tov Ta’am…yummy

For more details. call Chef Helen at 561-676-2078 or http://www.helenshomecooking.com helen@helenshomecooking.com

As my friend Jeff Popper answered when asked what a Matzoh Ball was, he answered, the only edible part of the matzoh

Holiday and Special Occasion Meals 2013 Price list

15 Sep

 

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Yom Tov Meals 9.15.11

Check out the deals!  the menus!  cooked in your house or mine!  From $35/person.  dinners for 8

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Main Dishes
Roast Turkey (10 to 12 pounds) .

Beef Brisket braised with loads of onions and a tomato base.

Roast Chickens  whole or in eighths , prepared with fresh herbs

Side Dishes 

Bread Stuffing
Noodle Kugel with Fruit
Potato Kugel
Roast Root Vegetables

Sweet carrots
String Beans Amondine

SoupsChicken Matzoh Ball, Feather light matzoh balls, with loads of fresh vegetables and herbs.

Cabbbage Soup with a Tomato Base, sweet and sour with flanken

Dessert

Brownies Plain or with Raspberries swirled through.

Muerbe Teib/ Pflaumenkuchen
Featured in article in Palm Beach Post last year, Coookie diugh type crust with plum slices and a sweet topping.

Fruit Crisp
Apples , Peaches or other season fruit with crispy oatmeal laced topping

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For more information, call Helen Gottesman, 561-676-2078 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            561-676-2078     end_of_the_skype_highlighting in Palm Beach County, Florida and surrounding area.  Schedule now or email for more info at helen@helenshomecooking.com


Main Dishes
Roast Turkey (10 to 12 pounds) .

Beef Brisket braised with loads of onions and a tomato base.

Roast Chickens  whole or in eighths , prepared with fresh herbs

Side Dishes 

Bread Stuffing
Noodle Kugel with Fruit
Potato Kugel
Roast Root Vegetables

Sweet carrots
String Beans Amondine

SoupsChicken Matzoh Ball, Feather light matzoh balls, with loads of fresh vegetables and herbs.

Cabbbage Soup with a Tomato Base, sweet and sour with flanken

Dessert

Brownies Plain or with Raspberries swirled through.

Muerbe Teib/ Pflaumenkuchen
Featured in article in Palm Beach Post last year, Coookie diugh type crust with plum slices and a sweet topping.

Fruit Crisp
Apples , Peaches or other season fruit with crispy oatmeal laced topping

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

helenshomecooking.com

helen@helenshomecooking.com

Personal Chef in Boynton Beach

11 May

Helen Gottesman is a Personal Chef in Boynton Beach Florida

Helen uses natural ingredients, basing her recipes on fresh meats, fish, dairy  and lot and lots of vegetables.  The dishes use fresh herbs and less salt and no fillers .  MSG is not in her repetoire nor is dried soup stock.  Instead she starts off her cook dates by making fresh chicken or beef stock if it is needed in her dishes.

Noiw doesn’t that sound delicious!!

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