This is why I do what I do…

I am so grateful that I am able to follow my passion and make a living from it. I LOVE cooking for and serving others… This makes my heart happy! 

If you need an on sight caterer to prepare a meal for your group or function, I’d love to chat with you about what I can offer you! I do many church functions, corporate events, and on sight cooking classes at residential independent living facilities as well as demos snd hands on classes for corporate clients looking to provide a healthy cooking class. 

 

Julie,

Wanted to extend a great big THANK YOU for the remarkable meal you provided for us Monday evening!
I’m still hearing from friends that it was the best meal we’ve ever had for our annual dinner – and this was our 13th annual dinner!
Everything was delicious!  Your spices were perfect.  And there was plenty for seconds or even thirds!

We brought home a little of the extra Gingerbread with lemon glaze, and gave a piece of it to a friend today who said his partner was just crazy about it!!  He was thrilled to be able to take it to her.

We are all hoping you found your ring – safe at home!  Those must have been panic moments!
Hoping our paths cross again…
Al.

Beef Chili

20 servings

4 tablespoons vegetable oil

5 onions, chopped

2 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped

2/3 cup chili powder

21/2  tablespoon cumin

3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Salt

15 garlic cloves, minced

5 pounds (85 percent lean) ground beef

5 (15.5-ounce) cans dark red kidney beans, rinsed

2 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes

3 (28-ounce) can tomato puree

Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions, bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook until the vegetables have softened, about 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 15 seconds.

Add the beef and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook, breaking up the beef with a spoon, until no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Stir in the beans, diced tomatoes with their juice, tomato puree, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 45 minutes.

Remove the lid and continue to simmer until the beef is tender, about 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.

 

TO MAKE AHEAD

The chili can be cooled, covered, and refrigerated for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 1 month. Reheat over low heat, adding additional water or broth to adjust the consistency.

NOTES

A combination of diced tomatoes and tomato puree works best to create a desirably thick consistency for this chili. Also, leaving the lid on for half of the cooking time helps give that perfect chili thickness.

Herb Vinaigrettes

Lemon Rosemary Vinaigrette

yields about 1/2 cup

 

1 clove garlic, peeled

2 sprigs rosemary, stems removed

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 lemon, juiced

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1/4 cup olive oil

 

Add garlic, rosemary, zest and sea salt to the bowl of the mortar. Use the pestle to mash to a paste.

 

Add the lemon juice in a fine drizzle, stirring and mashing during the addition. Add the olive oil, stirring and mashing during the addition.

 

Herb Vinaigrette:

4 tablespoons white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons peeled fresh garlic

8 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

4 tablespoons chopped lemon zest

4 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (parsley, basil, marjoram, thyme)

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups extra-virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Freshly ground black pepper

To make the dressing: in a small food processor, combine all ingredients and blend for 45 seconds to 1 minute until emulsified. Yield: 4 servings

 

Herb Vinaigrette

Makes 1/2 cup

 

1 shallot, finely chopped

1 tablespoon grainy mustard

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

1/2 teaspoon each finely chopped fresh thyme and tarragon

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

 

Whisk together shallot, mustard, lemon juice, vinegar, thyme, tarragon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Gradually whisk in oil.

 

 

Herb Vinaigrette

1  teaspoon  Dijon mustard

2  tablespoons  lemon juice

1  teaspoon  red wine vinegar

1/4  cup             extra-virgin olive oil

1  tablespoon  fresh chopped parsley

1  tablespoon  fresh chopped basil, chives, or tarragon

1/8  teaspoon  salt

 

In a small jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine all the ingredients. Cover and shake vigorously. Season to taste with freshly ground pepper.

 

Greek Herb Vinaigrette

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

¼ cup red wine vinegar

4 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, plus extra for garnish

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

Juice of 1 lemon

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Butterscotch Pumpkin Muffins

18 muffins

 

Pear-Dried-Cherry-Butterscotch-Muffin-Harry-And-David-Eat-The-Love-Irvin-Lin-311 ¾ cups flour

½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar

½ cup sugar

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground mace

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1 cup canned pumpkin

½ cup butter, melted

1 cup butterscotch chips

½ cup chopped pecans, toasted, optional

 

In a large bowl, mix flour, sugars, ginger, mace, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Create a well in the center of the mixture.

 

In another bowl, whisk together eggs, pumpkin, and butter. Stir in butterscotch chips and pecans and pour into the well of dry ingredients. Fold together just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Do not overmix.

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spoon batter evenly into greased muffin cups. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Yield: 3 to 4 dozen cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butterscotch chips
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter – softened
2/3 cup granulated white sugar
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
2/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup chopped white chocolate – (or use chips)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment.

Put flour and baking soda in bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse to distribute the baking soda evenly. Add the butterscotch chips and process until the chips are ground, with some slightly larger bits remaining. Turn the flour and butterscotch chips out into a large bowl.

In a separate large bowl, cream the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar together for 2 – 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl from time to time, until fluffy. Add the egg and pumpkin puree and stir to combine.

Pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture and stir to combine. Add oats, white chocolate chunks and nuts and stir until ingredients are combined and no flour is visible. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes or overnight.

Use a 1/4 cup measure or ice cream scoop to drop the cookie dough onto the prepared sheets, leaving 2 inches between cookies.

Bake cookies on center rack for 13 to 15 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets halfway through for even baking, until they’re light golden brown and no longer doughy looking. Cool cookies on cookie sheets for 10 to 15 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack or clean surface to cool completely.

Pumpkin Trifle with Caramel Drizzle

12 gingersnap cookies, crushed into crumbs

2 tablespoons butter, melted

8 ounces cream cheese

1 cup pure pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice *

1 cup cold heavy cream

2 tablespoons sugar

 

Combine the gingersnap crumbs and butter. Divide the crumbs into the bottoms of your serving dishes ( I use individual, but you may use 1 large).

 

In an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin, vanilla, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Beat until well combined and creamy.

 

Whip cream with the sugar until soft peaks form. Fold half of the cream into the pumpkin  with a spatula. Combine until no streaks remain.

 

Pipe or spoon a layer of pumpkin mousse onto the gingersnap crust. Follow with a layer of freshly whipped cream. Repeat the layers until they reach the top. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

Top with freshly whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce, and additional gingersnap cookie crumbs.

 

*To make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice combine the following and store in a small container

 

1 Tbsp. cinnamon, 1-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon cloves, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon salt

 

Caramel Sauce

Yield: 4 cups

3 cups sugar

1 cups water

2 cups heavy whipping cream

Combine the sugar and water in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Dissolve the sugar in the water over low heat. Increase the heat to high and cook until the caramel is a golden amber color. Remove the caramel from the heat and slowly whisk in the cream, a few tablespoons at a time. Be very careful, as the mixture will bubble as you add the cream.

Serve the sauce warm or refrigerate for later use. This will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator. To reheat, warm over a double boiler.

Roasted Shredded Brussels Waldorf Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette

Yield: 4 servings

2 lbs brussels sprouts, shredded, washed, and dried

1/4 cup dried cranberries

2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

1 cup chopped apples (I used pink lady)

1/2 cup chopped red onion

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

 

Maple Cider Vinaigrette

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1/2 tbsp dijon mustard

1 tbsp good maple syrup

1 tsp sriracha (optional but gives it a little something extra)

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

1/2 cup olive oil

Prepare vinaigrette:

Whisk together all ingredients, streaming olive oil in at the end.  This vinaigrette is best prepared ahead of time and refrigerated a few hours to develop flavors, but it will still be good if used immediately.

Preheat oven to 400F.

Pour shredded brussels sprouts and cranberries into a large baking dish and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Roast for 25-30 minutes, stirring a few times.  Toast walnuts briefly in a frying pan with no oil over medium heat for 1 or 2 minutes, or until fragrant.  Pour all ingredients into a bowl and toss with vinaigrette.

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette

1 (1 ½-pound) butternut squash, peeled and ¾-inch diced

Olive oil

1-tablespoon pure maple syrup

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons dried cranberries

¾ cup apple cider or apple juice

2 Tablespoons cider vinegar

2 tablespoons minced shallots

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

4 ounces baby arugula, washed and spun dry (I use whatever greens I have: mixed greens, spinach…)

½ cup walnuts, toasted

¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Place the squash on a sheet pan. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, the maple syrup, 1-teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and toss.

Roast the squash for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until tender. Add the cranberries to the pan for the last 5 minutes.

While the squash is roasting, combine the apple cider, vinegar, and shallots in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the cider is reduced to about ¼ cup. Off the heat, whisk in the mustard, ½ cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.

Place the arugula or whatever greens you are using 1n a large salad bowl and add the roasted squash mixture, the walnuts, and the grated Parmesan. Spoon just enough vinaigrette over the salad to moisten, and toss well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Serves 4.

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