How I Work As a Personal Chef by Chef Helen Gotttesman I have often been asked about how I work as a Personal Chef. First is the keyword Personal. I do not work as a cookie cutter service. My initial meeting with my client is in their home. We talk about what foods they like to eat, how much they eat, whether they have any dietary needs such as salt free, low fat or portion size for example. I get a deposit at our initial meeting to cover at least the groceries and some of the time I have spent planning this out. I cook all the meals in my client’s kitchens, using all their equipment (knives, cutting boards, oven etc.). I shop on the way to my client’s home for the ingredients (just for them, as I only cook for one family at a time) from the butcher, grocery store or fruit market as needed for the recipes we have chosen together. When I get to their home, I unpack, put perishables in the refrigerator organize and start cooking with the pots and pans etc. that my client has asked me to use. (Many of my clients keep strictly kosher, making this quite important). As I said there is nothing “cookie cutter about my service. There is a most popular set up people request. It is called a “five by four”, Five main dishes, five side dishes and four portions of each. The dishes vary, as do the time need to prepare and package for your refrigerator or freezer. All together there are twenty portions of food, to be packaged for one, two or four people. Some of the most frequently requested main dishes have been : Chicken Piccata Chicken Marsala Beef Stew Roasted Salmon with Honey and Dijon Mustard Oriental Marinated Salmon with Lime and Ginger Side dishes include Risotto, Spinach, Potato Kugel, For all of this planning the meals according to your taste, health issues etc. and all of the preparation, packaging and cleaning up will only cost $399.00. That is just $19.95 per serving professionally prepared in your home. Don’t forget the menu is your choice! Call me for further details and to schedule your initial free consultation. (If you live far from the Boca Raton, Florida area I have associates in other parts of the country who do something similar although I don’t know anyone else that focuses on healthy kosher.) You can pay for the service with cash or credit card. Don’t forget the gift certificates for Mother’s Day for your favorite ladies! Phone 561-676-2078 Email chefhelen@helenshomecooking.com Helengottesman2001@yahoo.com

2 May
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Who Needs a Personal Chef?

16 Jan

Looking back over the past 9 years that I have been a Personal Chef, I noticed patterns.  Many of my clients have been retirees living in active adult communities in Palm Beach County , Florida .

Many of the “active adults”  whether in their 60’s or 90’s were found by their out of town children looking for a kosher ( or at least Jewish ethnic) chef.  The adult children had seen their parents were not eating right and needed someone to prepare the meals the parents wanted and followed the guidelines set in place by their medical professionals.

 

Easy chicken nuggets

1 Jan

I am always thinking of ways to make easy dishes for my family that pack a lot of flavor.I have another.

Mustard Chicken Nuggets

2 Chicken cutlets

1 egg beaten with 2 Tbsp water

1 Tbsp. coarse grain mustard ( I used Dijon.)

2 tbsp corn meal, corn flake crumbs or bread crumbs or oats or Ground nuts (Pecans or almonds)

Cut chick cutlets into bite-sized pieces or buy chicken tenders already cubed.  Coat the chicken pieces in egg wash, then in mustard and then into “breading”. Place on oiled baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for about 10 to 12  minutes, turning once during cooking, until browned.  Yum !

#glutenfree  #gluten-free  #chickennuggets  #chefhelen  #kosherchef

#nuttedchickencutlets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stupendous Expos

23 Oct

I am taking a break from cooking this week and setting up our expo for Special Needs families.  http://www.stupendousexpos.com We hope you can join us and meet with Special Needs Organizations, Local Businesses, Great Speakers and be entertained by our family friendly entertainers!  If you have any questions, call Rob at 561-676-2075 or Helen at 561-676=2078  Email is stupendous.expos@gmail.com

Ask us about category specific discounts!

 

 

Stupendous Expos Needs You!

 

A valuable source for families

Join us at our Expo for Special Needs Families and the businesses that support them!

Sunday November 13th, 2016 4PM to 8PM Holiday Inn 1301 Belvedere Road

West Palm Beach, Fl. 33405

ü Be an Exhibitor! Just $250.00 or kick it up by adding a radio spot to $300.00 **

ü Be a Sponsor from just $150.00 *see website for details!

ü Hear our Speakers. Share your stories!

ü Attend for free!

ü Stupendous.Expos@gmail.com

ü Share your business info by adding an item to our raffle.

ü Check out www.StupendousExpos.com

ü or call Rob Gottesman 561-676-2075 or                                Helen Gottesman 561-676-2078 for information

Deliciousness for Sale at the Mind Body Expo May 15th, 2016 Boca Raton

15 Apr

Please join me on Sunday May 15th at YMCA in Boca Raton, Florida.(rescheduled from March) I will be an exhibitor telling people about Helen’s Home Cooking and  Catering.

I will be bringing along several of my most popular gluten free desserts.   Peanut Butter Cookies, Lemon Pecan Crisps and Brownies (maybe marshmallow fluff marble) The desserts will be available for sale.  Everything is home made!

Let me know that you came because of the blog. There is a cookie in it for you.

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2 kokosh made by Chef Helen (sorry not gluten free)

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