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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

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Morrocan chickpea stew

5 Aug

Morrocan chickpea stew

Sautée onion , garlic, carrots, celery. Add cumin, cinnamon, and pepper . Add 8 ounces soaked garbanzo beans and sweet potato along with 4 cups broth or water . Bring to boil, cover and simmer for one hour. Add 2/4 cup of tomato sauce and salt. serve with brown rice

I wanted to be more specific with this recipe which I made again. I had gotten part of the recipe on the package of dried beans and adapted some of the additions based on what I had in my pantry.

Soak half a pound of dried garbanzo beans/chick peas for an hour or more and drain. In a Dutch oven add a Tbsp. of olive oil or other vegetable oil to a pan, Add 1 large onion (sliced or diced), 2 to 4 cloves garlic, a few sliced carrots and celery ribs and saute on medium . As it cooks add 2 tsp. cumin, 1tsp cinnamon, black pepper, and add 4 cups of broth or water (By the way, don’t add the salt until the beans are soft). Cook for about one hour until the beans are soft . Add salt to taste. Add one peeled and diced sweet potato. when the potatoes are cooked through enjoy!
Vegan unless you used chicken broth.
Let me know when you try it.
Helen

Share-a-Chef

8 May

 

This week I was scheduled to cook for the second time for a senior couple in Del Ray

Beach Florida.  An hour before I was scheduled to start shopping, I got a call from Mrs. L. Her next  door neighbor, also a senior wanted the same dishes, only packed singly. I told them I could give them a discount since I was making the same dishes for each.

I made them three main dishes, four portions for each family. I charged them only $259 including groceries for each, lower than my usual price of $275.00. the requested dishes included: Beef Stew, Apricot chicken, Salmon with ginger and Lime ( the recipe is in my blog). Also the side dishes broccoli kugel, noodle kugel, and roast cauliflower and Split Pea Soup.
when can we cook for you?
I would love your feedback. Helen@helenshomecooking.com or call me at 561-676-2078 .
Thanks,
Helen

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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.

German Potato Salad by Ilse (my mom)

11 Jul

My mother got this recipe from her mother..It was a staple in our home for many years.  By brother-in-law Alan ( jokes?)  that he married into the family just for the Potato Salad (Yes it is that good!)

My mother always made this in larger portions, while we don’t eat nearly as much…The main thing with this recipe is that the potato are still hot when the other ingredients are mixed in.  If it is not eaten warm, forget it.  This is not a recipe that works well for leftovers.

Recipe for 3 to 4 people

3 to 4 Large Baking Potatoes

1 onion, diced

Salt and pepper

White vinegar (cheapest, un-fanciest works best

3 to 4 TBsp. or a dollop of Mayonnaise

1 Tbsp or a splash of Cooking oil (canola or vegetable oil, not olive oil)

Starting with cold water to cover potatoes by an inch or two, bring water to boil and boil for about 15 minutes until fork tender.  Holding potatoes by the aforementioned fork, peel potatoes with paring knife and put in mixing bowl.  Slice thinly and put back into bowl with diced onion, salt and pepper to taste,  mayo and vinegar, mix.  If potatoes are sufficiently hot, it will start to melt in. Add   a “splash” of salad oil, taste for salt and pepper and serve hot.

 

We typically ate this with cold cuts or hot dogs….

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

Don’t Make a Tzimmes Out Of It! Making Tzimmes is easy!!

10 Apr

Tzimmes April 2012The Jewish expression of “making a Tzimmes out of something” means making a mountain out of a molehill.  Making this dish is not as big a deal as most people think it is.  In fact I made it twice already during Pesach/Passover.

The best part of a dish like this is that it is adaptable.  a liitle more of this, a little less of that and it will be fine,

2 Medium Sweet Potatoes, peeled and chopped

2 -3 carrots, peeled and chopped

2 apples, peeled and chopped (any type)

handful of dried fruit such as prunes, apricots, apples)

water to cover in saucepan

pich of salt

1 to 2 Tbsp honey

potato starch as needed, less than a Tablespoon

2 tsp cinnamon.

Place potatoes etc in saucepan and simmer for about 45 minutes. As it simmers, add a tsp or two of potato starch to thicken.  Taste for sweetness and add more honey as necessary.  Since the dish is pareve/vegetarian it can be served with any meal.  It is traditionally served with brisket or other holiday meal.  This serves about 4 people.  It can be made for many more, just multiply the amounts of ingredients for many more.

Need more info?  call Chef Helen at 561-676-2078 or email at helen@helenshomecooking.com

Baked Meatballs…Yum

6 Mar

Baked Meatballs

one pound ground beef or turkey

1 egg beaten

3 T. bread crumbs, or matzoh meal optional

1 pound frozen chopped spinach (defrosted and squeezed dry

3-5 cloved garlic chopped fine

oil spray

Mix ground meat with the rest of the ingredients and shape into walnut (or slightly larger) meatballs and place on oiled pan.  Bake for abt 20 minutes until meatballs start to brown.  Enjoy by themselves or with a salsa for dipping or even an olive tapenade!

Check out the article about me in the Palm Beach Post last fall coming Again

8 Jul
Ou kosher

Image via Wikipedia

I will be included in an article in the next few weeks in the Accent Section.  Watch for it.

http://www.pbpulse.com/dining/2010/09/07/boynton-beach-kosher-chef-draws-on-childhood-for-..

Salmon with Ginger, Soy and Lime Marinade

10 Mar

Salmon with Ginger, Soy Sauce and Lime

4 Salmon Steaks or Fillets

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil

2 Tbsp.  Lime Juice (freshly squeezed)

2 Tbsp. Freshly grated Ginger

2 Tbsp. Light Soy Sauce (Gluten Free preferred)

Add all ingredients (except salmon) into a glass  dish and lay salmon in marinade, (turning at least once) for about 2 hours in refrigerator. Bake in preheated oven for about 10 to 12 minutes at 375 degrees (or until fish flakes with fork).  Delicious served over greens such as braised kale.

 

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String Beans Amondine/ Almondine

24 Feb

This is one of the recipes that I included in my featured article in the Palm Beach Post in August 2010.

String Beans Almandine

1 Tbsp. Margarine

¼ cup Almonds, slivered or sliced

Red pepper ¼ slivered

Salt and pepper

Cut tips off string beans and either
leave whole or slice into 1 to 2 inch pieces.  Place into boiling
salted water for about 8 to 10 minutes and taste for desired
doneness.Drain the string beans.  In the same
pot or another, melt margarine and lightly sauté almonds. Add red
pepper to soften and then the string beans to heat through.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and a squeeze of lemon and serve.

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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