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3 tips to make cooking easier and healthier by ChefHelen

2 May

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Too many people are eating frozen food and take out food on a daily basis these days.

I am told that my being willing and able to prepare dinners from scratch is unusual. I like being able to decide how well done a dish is or how much seasoning goes in

First. Keep it simple. If you are a novice cook or very busy. Think of what flavors you. like…sharp like Parmesan.. sweet like. honey? find quick cooking proteins like a steak or chicken cutlets or salmon fillets. Find what spice rubs you can use or herbs go easily with each dish.

Skip the one color plate. To make food appealing avoid a white plate with white foods , a brown plate with brown foods etc, Vary the colors and textures of what you are eating and serving. If everything must be one color try a tiny bit of parsley (ideally fresh, dried will still add color) or diced red pepper) (the mini peppers at the fruit markets are ideal for this.)

Thirdly, ask at the fruit market if they can recommend something new, We all get into a comfort zone and find ourselves with the same dishes over and over. I found dragonmfruit a few months ago that way and haven’t looked back.

Fourth, *you thought I would stop at three? Hah! As a Personal Chef I always give a little more that I agreed to. There is always room for a little extra stir fry, a pasta made with bits and pieces left in your fridge or a simple dessert.

Check out my website at http://www.helenshomecooking.com for menu items and call me at 561-676-2078 to found out about my in your home cooking lessons and dinners professionally prepared by me in your home.
Emails with comments are also appreciated at chefhelen@helenshomecooking.com

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welcome to Holland

7 Aug

welcome to Holland.

This tells a very accurate picture a parenting a special-needs child. /thank you.
Helen (Adir’s mom)

Gluten Free “blondies” for Pesach

12 Jan

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Since my husband has Celiac and can’t eat wheat, I was making brownies with potato starch and tried several recipes. Then, hubby decided no more chocolate or cocoa!

 

I looked over other brownie recipes and came up with this  which is enough for a small brownie pan.  It would be doubled or tripled for a 13 by 9 pan.

 

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2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/3cup oil
1/2 cup potato starch
1/2 cup flaked coconut

Beat eggs lightly, add oil, and mis again. then potato starch and coconut and add to greased paN, bAKE IN OVEN AT 350 FOR 20T 25 MIN UNTIL GOLDEN BrOWN . cool.cut and enjoy

Chef Helen Gottesman
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Celiac Disease…. A Hidden Epidemic

26 Dec

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Celiac Disease A Hidden Epidemic
by chefhelen
In the Book “Celiac disease, A Hidden Epidemic” Dr Peter H. R. Green lists (page 199) grains than ca be eaten safely and has another list of foods that are not safe to eat.

First, the good News: Grains that are Safe

Rice, Corn, Millet, Teff, Sorghum, Wild Rice, Buckwheat, Quinoa and Amaranth

Focus as a newly diagnosed person on what you can eat so you don’t feel deprived!

You can also eat all meat, fish, cheese (practically) fruit, vegs, milk….as long as they are not prepared with the Grains to avoid….

So, which are The Grains to Avoid

Wheat!!, Rye, Barley,bulghur, couscous, spelt, kamut, semolina, triticale and einhorn….

Recipes will follow in a future post.

Check out my website for more information…www.helenshomecooking.com

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Chicken Nuggets Gluten Free

25 Dec

I don’t eat fast food or prepared  food for the most part and decided to make Chicken Nuggets.  I could not use matzoh meal bread crumbs since hubby is Celiac ,and must be Gluten Free.

3 chicken cutlets , about  1 pound

2 eggs

1/4 cup ground corn meal

2 Tbsp Potato starch

Salt and Pepper to taste

oil spray or olive oil

Cut Chicken cutlets into bite sized squares,  Dust them with the potato starch/cornmeal mixture, then egg then again in potato starch/cornmeal mix (or skip the first mixture and do egg first).then placeon parchment paper lined baking pan. drizzle with olive oil or spray with oil (like Pam and bake at 375 degrees until browned,turning over as each side is browned…about 30 minutes

Food Product Creation and Development

26 Aug
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Dry TVP flakes are an inexpensive protein source when purchased in bulk and can be added to a variety of vegetarian dishes or used as an imperceptible meat extender or supplement to bulk out a meat dish. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I was a student at Queens College /CUNY, the most interesting course that I took was in Experimental Food Science.  We had to create a recipe and test variations and create a publishable (as in the Journal of the AMA, or other professional publications) article after taste testing the variations on random subjects.  I did a standard beef meatloaf recipe and tested it with increasing ratios of TVP.(Textured Vegetable Protein).  We then had to get a suffficiently large random sampling taste tested and the result was a 50/50 meat/TVP was palatable, when we used more than half of TVP the result was too grainy and did not taste of meat.

I still use these skills today.  I taste test variations on recipes that clients have whether for their own use or commercial use.  I have the skills that could help any small or start up food manufacturer in their testing phase and assist in marketing.

Who do you know that needs these skills today?  Are you looking for research done to take your product for commercial use and see whether it is viable?  I have the skills to to do this on a small scale and lower budget than the larger concerns that will cost you tems of thousands in cash…You can also start  with me as a part time employee and then upgrade to full focus groups etc with the tens of thousands in funds it will  cost.

Call Chef Helen at 561-676-2078 or email today at chefhelen@helenshomecooking.com

Benefits of Hiring Chef Helen

27 Apr

I help busy people save time cooking for their families.

I help prepare the right foods so clients  will lose weight.

I help save people money on food…less waste as I prepare just what you want/need.

I teach people how to cook so they can find self-satisfaction.

I help people make healthy dietary choices

I help to keep families together at the dinner table.

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