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Gluten Free Brownies ..One-Dish

8 Jan

I found this recipe when preparing for Passover/Pesach years ago..  So easy and requested all year.  the potato starch is best to buy right after Passover when it goes on sale!  Requested weekly by my husband who is Gluten-Free

Passover Brownies

3 eggs

sugar

oil

potato starch

cocoa

chopped nuts such as walnuts optional

chcoolate chips optional

raspberry jam optional

 

even better with coconut!!

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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.

Gluten Free Brownies for Passover

30 Dec

Gluten Free Brownies

4 whole eggs

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup oil

1/2 cup cocoa

3/4 cup potato starch

1/2 cup chopped nuts and/or chocolate chips

Mix eggs just until yolks and whites are mixed then add the rest of the ingredients, mix until smooth. Bake in a 9 by 13 inch pan for 45 minutes at 350. (try two 8 by 8 pans).  Kick it up with raspberry jam folded in just before baking)

Call to order your baked goods for Passover or all year long!  Call for your free consultation!

helen@helenshomecooking.com  561-676-2078

You can also order these to go from chef Helen as well as potato kugel and other side dishes Call in advance to make sure there is enough!

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

Mega Chunky Vegetable Soup

17 Dec

I have always liked vegetable soup and did not want the “Campbell’s” style.So. I made my own recipe.  It is based on butternut squash , carrots and sweet potatoes

1 medium Butternut squash

1 Tbsp olive oil or other veg oil

Curry Powder or Garam Masala

3 to 5 carrots, peeled and chopped into chunks

2 onions, large dice

2 to 3 cloves garlic

1 tsp grated fresh ginger

2  to 3 sweet potatoes, cut into chunks

1 green or yellow squash sliced optional

few  mushrooms sliced optional

Peel butternut squash, cut off ends. scoop out seeds and cut into large chunks.

Heat oil in a Dutch oven or stockpot. add onions, garlic, ginger and spices, Saute onions until onions take on color of curry powder.  Add Potatoes, and other vegetables and stir long enough for veggies to brown a little and start the carmelization.  Add 6 cups or more of water, a cup of water at a time until water is absorbed.   salt, and other spices and simmer for another 30 minutes until potatoes break down.

If you like your soup smooth, use an immersion blender for a few seconds and make soup as smooth as you like and reheat through.

 

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

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