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Why I Love Cooking for My Clients

25 Jul

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.

Instead, as a Personal Chef I speak to people about what food means to eeds that would determine the choices of foods we will preparethem.  Is it simply for nourishment?  Must it be a work of art for them to enjoy it?  Are there specific dietary n

Chef Helen’s Summer Special Personal Chef Services

25 Jul

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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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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

Mom’s Chicken Fricasee (via Chefhelen’s Blog)

29 Dec

Really easy for beginner cook!

This is my go-to dish for Friday night.  Cheap, easy and it can simmer an extra hour if dinner is delayed.

Mom’s Chicken Fricasee

1 chicken cut into eighths

1 lb. ground beef or turkey 1 onion, diced

1 jar tomato sauce oil spray.

Saute onion in oil and brown chicken pieces on both sides.  Add in the tomato sauce.  when sauce is simmering, (medium flame) add walnut-sized meatballs to sauce and cover.   Cook for 20 to 30 minutes.  Add a small … Read More

via Chefhelen’s Blog

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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.

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

11 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….

Barley Mushroom Soup

9 Jun
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This image shows a few dried mushrooms. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A new client asked for this soup and after taste testing it.  I had to make it for us at home.  it is my new favorite!    the original recipe, which I adapted, is from Classic Kosher Cooking by Sara Finkel.

1 large onion

1 bay leaf crumbled

3 Tablespoons margarine

1/2 pound mushrooms sliced

2 Tablespoons flour

8 cups water

2/3 cup pearl barley  * I used 1 cup

1 stalk celery diced

1 carrot diced  ** I sed 3  for addl flavor and color

2 tsp salt or to taste

1/4 tsp pepper

**3 to 4 addl dried and reconstituted mushrooms (my addition)

Saute onion and bay leaf in margarine until tender

Add mushrooms and saute until mushrooms are golden, Push vegetables aside and stir in flour until smooth, Gradually stir in water, Add remaining ingredients  Bring to boil and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Serves 8

Bagels first time

3 Jun
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Bagel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I made bagels for the first time today and wondered why they lost their shape during the boiling step.  (I had pinced together ther ends of a rope od dough as shown in the recipe).  Another blog told me to make a sphere of dough and push a hole through then widen it I wish I had known this before.  they are delicious though!

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 .

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

Skillet Dinner Recipe

3 Apr

Skillet Dinner Recipe.

How to use up your leftovers before Passover!!

Baked Meatballs…Yum

2 Apr

Baked Meatballs…Yum.

Chocolate Mousse Easy. No cooking

30 Aug
Nutella
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Skillet Dinner Recipe

8 Aug

Skillet Dinner

 

1 pound ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken)

1 onion, diced

1 jar tomato sauce

8 ounces shaped pasta (elbows, corkscrews) regular or gluten free

2 tsp oil or oil spray

Brown onion in oil adding ground meat and breaking into small pieces with a fork or spatula as you go.  Add tomato sauce and stir.  Then add pasta (you may need 1/2 jar of water if too thick) and cook for 10 to 15 minutes on medium until pasta is al dente.

For variety add diced mushrooms or peppers along with onion to the pan.

Helen Gottesman

recipes@helenshomecooking.com

561-676-2078

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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).

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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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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Boynton beach, FloridaFeedback is appreciated!

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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