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Delicious Spoonfuls Menu Draft

13 Dec

By now I hope you have heard about our planned ice cream bar, Delicious Spoonfuls.  We are planning on opening in either Boca Raton, Florida or just South in Broward County, Florida.

We are working on creations for the ice cream bar but I have put together a draft of the menu for the restaurant.  For the record, we will be kosher and dairy so there will be no meat, no shellfish,  We are looking for feedback.  Which items would you order, as long as the prices are appropriate?  Any suggestions?

We are setting up as a non-profit and need donations.  We will be focused on employing people with Special Needs! Please take a look at at our website http://www.deliciousspoonfuls.com and our gofundme account at https://www.gfundme.com/we-employ-people-with-special-needs 

All donations are appreciated

Deliciousness Menu

Breakfast items

Pancakes Regular or Gluten Free

Cold Cereal

Oatmeal GF

Omelets plain

Omelet with Cheese and or vegetables

 

Lunch/Dinner

Fruit Salad

Quiche Regular with Cheese and or vegetables

Gluten Free Quiches with cheeses and or vegetables

Grilled cheese on Rye, white, Challah or GF Bread

Grilled Cheese with Tomato or Avocado Slices

Pasta du Jour (regular and GF as available)

Pasta with Alfred or a la Vodka

 

Eggplant Parmagiana with side of pasta or salad

Baked Salmon with oriental marinade

Baked Salmon with Maple Mustard

Gravad Lax (Homemade) with Bagel and cream cheese platter

Veggie Chili with kidney beans and lots of veggies

 

Soups choices vary

Vichyssoise

Mega Chunky Vegetable Soup

Mushroom Barley

Borscht

Black Bean soup with side of sour cream, onion, tomato

Spit Pea (yellow or green)

Onion Soup with Bread in Bowland melted cheese

Gazpacho

 

Crepes

Fruit

Ice cream

Nutella

Cheese and Vegetables

 

Salads

Israeli salad

Fresh Romaine Salad

Caesar with freshly grated  cheese and croutons

Cucumber Salad

Greek salad with Feta Cheese and olives

 

 

Sides

Potato Kugel

Noodle Kugel sweet with fruit

Risotto

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Quinoa

Couscous

Sauteed Kale or Spinach with mushrooms and sweet peppers

Desserts

Pflaumenkuchen

Cinnamon rolls (breakfast too!)

Brownies Regular and GF

Puddings and Custards single serve

Mandel Bread

Cookies!

Meringue Cookies

Cheesecakes

Individual Mousses (chocolate and fruit)

Nut Crust Fruit Tart

Home Made Whipped Cream

Profiteroles (cream Puffs with Ice cream)

Fruit Crisp

 

Coffees/ Teas and More

Coffee, regular and decaf

Teas Regular and Flavored

Fancy coffees ??

 

Sodas, Waters, Seltzers

Juices

#Deliciousness #Deliciousspoonfuls#Pflaumenkuchen #KosherinFlorida #SpecialNeedscooking #Floridakosher #koshericecream

Delicious Spoonfuls Menu Draft

13 Dec

By now I hope you have heard about our planned ice cream bar, Delicious Spoonfuls.  We are planning on opening in either Boca Raton, Florida or just South in Broward County, Florida.

We are working on creations for the ice cream bar but I have put together a draft of the menu for the restaurant.  For the record, we will be kosher and dairy so there will be no meat, no shellfish,  We are looking for feedback.  Which items would you order, as long as the prices are appropriate?  Any suggestions?

We are setting up as a non-profit and need donations.  We will be focused on employing people with Special Needs! Please take a look at at our website http://www.deliciousspoonfuls.com and our gofundme account at https://www.gfundme.com/we-employ-people-with-special-needs 

All donations are appreciated

Deliciousness Menu

Breakfast items

Pancakes Regular or Gluten Free

Cold Cereal

Oatmeal GF

Omelets plain

Omelet with Cheese and or vegetables

 

Lunch/Dinner

Fruit Salad

Quiche Regular with Cheese and or vegetables

Gluten Free Quiches with cheeses and or vegetables

Grilled cheese on Rye, white, Challah or GF Bread

Grilled Cheese with Tomato or Avocado Slices

Pasta du Jour (regular and GF as available)

Pasta with Alfred or a la Vodka

 

Eggplant Parmagiana with side of pasta or salad

Baked Salmon with oriental marinade

Baked Salmon with Maple Mustard

Gravad Lax (Homemade) with Bagel and cream cheese platter

Veggie Chili with kidney beans and lots of veggies

 

Soups choices vary

Vichyssoise

Mega Chunky Vegetable Soup

Mushroom Barley

Borscht

Black Bean soup with side of sour cream, onion, tomato

Spit Pea (yellow or green)

Onion Soup with Bread in Bowland melted cheese

Gazpacho

 

Crepes

Fruit

Ice cream

Nutella

Cheese and Vegetables

 

Salads

Israeli salad

Fresh Romaine Salad

Caesar with freshly grated  cheese and croutons

Cucumber Salad

Greek salad with Feta Cheese and olives

 

 

Sides

Potato Kugel

Noodle Kugel sweet with fruit

Risotto

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Quinoa

Couscous

Sauteed Kale or Spinach with mushrooms and sweet peppers

Desserts

Pflaumenkuchen

Cinnamon rolls (breakfast too!)

Brownies Regular and GF

Puddings and Custards single serve

Mandel Bread

Cookies!

Meringue Cookies

Cheesecakes

Individual Mousses (chocolate and fruit)

Nut Crust Fruit Tart

Home Made Whipped Cream

Profiteroles (cream Puffs with Ice cream)

Fruit Crisp

 

Coffees/ Teas and More

Coffee, regular and decaf

Teas Regular and Flavored

Fancy coffees ??

 

Sodas, Waters, Seltzers

Juices

#Deliciousness #Deliciousspoonfuls#Pflaumenkuchen #KosherinFlorida #SpecialNeedscooking #Floridakosher #koshericecream

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

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Don’t Forget This When Going Vegan!

30 Dec

This week I that did cooking lessons with a lovely woman who was trying to make her “going vegan” experience more palatable for both herself and her husband.

We prepared several dishes together.  When we were almost finished I asked her if she knew about Complementary Proteins. Back in college , (a few decades ago) I took an advanced Nutrition course where we had to either teach Nutrition to men in SRO facilities near Times Square or in a retirement building in Harlem.  My protective parents and I chose Harlem. I taught the retirees about the four food groups and complementary proteins.  Everyone (a group of 30 to 40 as I recall) thought protein had to come from more expensive sources such as beef, chicken, fish or pork.  There are others that can explain better than I, but plant proteins (except soy and possibly quinoa are incomplete).  Proteins are made of  two amino acids that “complete” with another specific amino acid that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle on the molecular level.

So, beans (like black beans) and rice complete each other.  Nuts and wheat (peanut butter sandwich) complete each other.  A whole lot cheaper than a steak, burger or whatever.  Some vegetarians forget to plan for proteins.  Plan ahead, partial proteins can not be used by the body , instead they are excreted.

Need more information, let me know if you need to get in contact with a Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist who can customize a diet with your health issues and dietary choices in mind.

I would love to hear your comments, see your likes and more.

561-676-2078 chefhelen@helenshomeooking.com to check my website http://www.helenshomecooking.com.

Based in Boca Raton, Florida

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan Cooking

28 Dec

Last week I received a call from a new prospect client. Barbara wanted to learn how to prepare vegan dishes so they were palatable to her and her husband.  Once she had chosen vegan way of life for her herself and her husband (retirees from New York) she was eating steamed vegetables every day.As you would expect it was BORING. They don’t like ANY spices, even black pepper was out of the question.

Like me, Barbara keeps kosher.  I told her about some dishes that came to mind: black bean soup, mejedra, veggie and tofu stir fry, brown rice, quinoa, roast vegetables, peanut butter cookies, split pea soup and vichyssoise.  Easy Peasy.

My new client wanted a hands on class.  She helped peel, slice, dice and stir. I explained how browning the vegetables slightly brings out their natural sweetness and carmelization.  It was proven successful by Barbara’s husband’s taste test of the tofu stir fry saying “hey, this is good!”.  He said the same thing about the vichyssoise (cold potato and leek soup) even before it had cooled.  Before I forget, #vegantasty, #chefhelen, #tofustirfry, #tastyvegan, #personalchefkosher, #personalchefkosher, #personalchefrecipes.

I got too busy cooking, I I find myself “in the zone” when I start cooking so unfortunately I don’t have pics to share.  Perhaps, next time I  will remember?

Next post will have recipes.  Is there anything you want to see?  Are you looking to learn how t prepare specific dishes?  I would love to help you (in the Palm Beach County, Florida area.  If not, I know Personal Chefs in other parts of the country to refer you to.

Let’s hope and pray 2017 brings us all of the health, prosperity, and more that we wish for ourselves and others

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

#matzo #KOSHERCHEF #Pesach #Passover #Recipes

 

 

 

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

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.

 

String Bean Casserole From Scratch

15 Nov

I deal with so many different food allergies, sensitivities and keeping kosher, that I have to re-do all of the holiday dishes..In my house for the holidays. String Bean Casserole has to be dairy free as it is served with meat in a kosher home, gluten free for my husband, and mushroom free for my mother in law while she was alive.

So here goes…
STRING BEAN CASSEROLE

2 pound string beans raw  (frozen works too)

1 small onion diced

1 large onion cut into slices

1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
1 rib celery diced

1/2 cup soy,rice or almond milk (unsweetened and unflavored)
2 Tbsp. gluten free flour
dash of nutmeg
1/2 cup vegetable stock or chicken stock

1 Tbsp olive oil (or other vegetable oil or dairy free margarine)

Prepare fresh string beans by cutting off the tips and slicing them into two to three inch pieces.  Place into pan with boiling water and cook for about 4 minutes and drain,  They will cook longer in the casserole and you are trying to avoid the overcooked taste. Drain and put into casserole.   Preheat oven to 350.

Add oil to fry pan and heat. add diced onion and celery and as they soften add in the gluten free flour and stir for about one minute, then add the alternative milk and cook for a few minutes while stirring until it starts to thicken and add the dash of nutmeg (best with all cream sauces, dairy or not).  Then slowly add the stock to the roux whole stirring. Wheen it is the thickness of a cram sauce, add it to the string beans in the casserole

Take the sliced onions and spray them with oil and put them in the oven for about 10 minutes until then brown.  Place on top of the casserole and bake in oven for about 20 minutes until browned and bubbly.

NB. French’s onion rings are kosher and pareve. they can be used in [lace of the onion ring section of the recipe!

Enjoy

Disclaimer.  I am a cook that does most recipes by “eye” and does not usually measure ingredients.  If you have suggestions. Please let me know

#stringbeancasserole #GlutenFree #DairyFreestringbeancasserole #Stringbeancasserolenomushrooms

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