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Cooking Therapy

More upcoming cooking coordinated through Stable Paths . If you've not heard of them before, this is what they do:    "What We Do Quite simply, we give parents and children the tools they need to positively re-connect with one another in a tranquil and private yet beautiful setting. By engaging in experiential activities such as horse exercises, swimming with Dolphins, recreational sports and games, and cooking meals together, families create new memories and re-establish existing bonds and attachments. Our goal is to assist families in working diligently to overcome the objections, obstacles, and fear to restoring their previous, loving relationships. In doing so, families develop deeper compassion and the communication skills necessary to facilitate the discovery of a common ground to therapeutically reunify and discover joy again after they have experienced devastating separation. Who We Serve Families alienated or distanced from each other by the challenges p

Cave 24 Cannes

Click Here And Visit Their Facebook Page This summer, I once again have the opportunity to be guest chef in a series of different venues in Cannes, France.  Cave 24 is one of them!  When next you are in the South of France, be sure and check them out. - Chef Joseph Yacino

Eat Your Veggies Gravy

A healthier and even tastier version of a classic gravy and be made for Beef, Chicken, Pork, and even Turkey.  There is no need to add any extra fat.  Instead of slathering your chicken or turkey with butter lightly brush with a little oil and prepare as usual. Same goes with the beef or pork. Cut up a couple of carrots, celery stalks and slice an onion.   Rest your poultry or meat on top and roast.   When the meat is done remove from the roasting pan and transfer to a cutting board.  Loosely cover with some aluminum foil.   While the meat is resting push the vegetables through a food mill/mouley or strainer.  Separate the excess fat from the cooking liquids.  Add the liquids and vegetables to a blender and whiz away. personal chefs and event catering Miami + Miami Beach + Fort Lauderdale + Palm Beach info@yadachef.com | 954-367-YADA (9232) www.yadachef.com

Eggplant Parmesan Stacks Recipe

No need to salt the eggplant slices. This is done when the eggplants are old to remove liquid and some of the bitterness. The original eggplants where small oval shaped and cream or white coloured,like an egg, hence the name. Later they were bred to be the purple colour and this is why many call them “aubergine” Serves 4 2 large eggs 1 large eggplant, sliced into ½ inch/1.27cm rounds 1 cup/225ml half corn meal and half crisped rice crumbs 1 teaspoon/5ml salt 1/2 teaspoon/2ml ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon/2ml garlic powder 1 tablespoon/15ml dried Italian Seasoning 1 tablespoon/15ml olive oil Sauce: 1 tablespoons/15ml olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 2 cups/450ml tomatoes, diced ½ teaspoon/2ml salt ½ teaspoon/2ml black pepper pinch of red pepper flakes 2 tablespoons/30ml fresh oregano or 2 teaspoon dried ½ tablespoon/7ml fresh rosemary, minced or 1 teaspoon/5ml dried ½ cup/118ml/90g vegan parmesan cheese 4 ounce/114g vegan mozzarella chees

Quinoa Salad (keen was) Recipe

The first time I encountered quinoa I was living with my cousin in Manhattan on the lower east side. She was not the most handy person in the kitchen. When I walked in she yelled from her bedroom that the air-popper may be broken as she tried to “pop” the little seeds like you would pop corn and they got sucked into the air vents. This turned out well and since my day consisted of nothing but "creating at a desk"....I had time to sit down and eat. I added fresh tomato and left out the broccoli. Serves 4 2 ½ cups/625ml water or vegetable broth 2 cups/450ml quinoa 2 cups/450ml broccoli  ¼ cup/59ml red bell pepper ¼ cup/59ml yellow bell pepper ¼ cup/60ml canola oil 2 tablespoons/30ml fresh lime juice ½ teaspoon/2ml salt ¼ teaspoon/1ml black pepper Bring water or broth to a boil (if using water add salt). Add quinoa, lower heat, cover and simmer until all of the liquid is absorbed (15-20 minutes). Add broccoli to quinoa the last 5 minutes and allow to steam on top to

Baked Chicken Tapenade Recipe

Tapenade is French for capers. Tapenade is a dish from the Proven├žal region of France of finely chopped olives and capers. Frequently you will find anchovies, and poached flaked tuna. It is generally as a spread on bread, but is delicious on pasta or baked like this.  serves 4 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts Tapenade 1 1/2 cups/343ml/270g Kalamata or Gaeta olives, pitted 3 tablespoons/45ml capers, drained 2 garlic cloves, finely minced 1/4 cup/59ml/10g minced fresh parsley leaves 1/8 teaspoon/.5ml red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon/2ml salt 1/8 teaspoon/.5ml freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup/60ml extra virgin olive oil In a food processor or mortar, combine the olives, capers, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper. Slowly add the oil and pulse or work with the pestle into a coarse paste, retaining some bits of olive and caper for texture. Taste to adjust the seasonings. Stored tightly covered in the refrigerator, this will keep well for a week or two.  Preheat oven to 375F/1

The History of the 4th of July

On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event. Conflict between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. In a June 7 session in the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the famous words: "Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved." Lee's words were the impetus for the drafting of a formal Declaration of Independence, although the resolution was not followed up on imm

Bouillabaisse Recipe

...if you do not happen to live on the Mediterranean, you cannot obtain the particular rockfish, gurnards, mullets, weavers, sea eels, wrasses, and breams which they [French experts] consider absolutely essential. But you can make an extremely good fish soup even if you have only frozen fish and canned clam juice to work with because the other essential flavoring of tomatoes, onions or leeks, garlic, herbs, and olive oil are always available." --Julia Child Yes, I know this is December. I know it is holiday season filled with traditions. There is a wonderful celebration, it is Bouillabaisse Day on 14 December.  It is with a tip of my hat that I present my version of this most terrific “French Fisherman’s Stew”. Bouillabaisse is a fish stew that originated in Marseilles, France around 600 B.C.. Yes, B.C.  Marseilles was a Greek colony at this time and being such as known as "kakavia." Bouillabaisse also appears in Roman mythology as a soup that Venus feeds to Vulcan

Eggnog Recipes, Traditional and Vegan

It is that time of the year, at least in most parts of the world: when the weather is cold, winds blow, snow falls and people gather together to celebrate with family and loved ones. South Florida may not get the snow and temperatures may not drop to what some consider cold, but for us the spirit of the holidays is the same.  Here are some egg nog recipes that hearken back to days of yore, and still can help to bring the “yuletide” on. Traditional Eggnog I do not know anyone that does not like eggnog, the rich and creamy drink synonymous with winter time. Serves 8 12 eggs, separated 2 cups/500ml bourbon (optional) ¾ cup/180ml brandy (optional) 1 ½ quarts/1.5L milk 2 cups/500ml heavy thickened cream 1 ½ cups/288g white (caster) sugar 2 teaspoons/10ml ground nutmeg In a large bowl and using an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks together with the sugar for 10 minutes (the mixture to be firm and the colour of butter). Very slowly, add in the bourbon and brand

Three Kings Almond Cake or Galette des Rois Recipe

This is a traditional cake served on January 6, which is the Epiphany and also happens to be the twelfth day of Christmas. Today is the day many people celebrate . Little children put hay or fresh straw under their beds for the camels and wake up to presents under their beds.    Read through all of the directions before starting this project! Serves 6-8 For the Pastry 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon/9 ounces/255 g all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon/2 ml salt 1 3/4 stick/7 ounces/200 g unsalted butter 1/2 cup/125 ml cold water OR Pre-made puff pastry For the filling: 4 ounces/115 g unsalted butter 4 ounces caster/115 g (superfine) sugar (not powdered or icing sugar) 3 egg yolks 4 drops almond essence 3 tablespoons/45 ml Cognac 4 ounces/115 g freshly ground almonds 1 dried bean, gold ring or baby figurine Roll out the pie dough on a floured board to about 1/4-inch thickness. Dot it with one-third of the remaining 4 ounces butter cut into dice. Fold the pastry into t

Dairy Free Banana Pudding Recipe

We have been working on a dairy free pudding, in this case a banana pudding using coconut milk.   The following recipe was been reworked a couple of times and the results are pretty good.  In fact, you could eliminate the sugar/sweetener all together when using the roasted bananas.  It all depends on how sweet you like your pudding. If you are so inclined, you could layer the pudding with cookies (as many do), but we prefer them not in our pudding.  It is a personal choice. Also you could strain the bananas before adding to your warm mixture if you do not want lumps.   Again, we wanted the texture of the bananas so we opted not to go this route. 1/4 cup sugar or other sweetener such as honey or gava 3 eggs 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups full fat coconut milk 1/3 cup flour 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract) 4 bananas, roasted Coconut whipped cream (optional - our recipe to be posted later) When your bananas are roasted, let cool for 5-10 minutes then re

Tarte Tartin Recipe

There is some controversy as to how this divine dessert (tarte solognote) came about. Was it an accident (as so ma ny kitchen wonders are) or was it just an improved upon recipe of the region? In any case it was made popular at by 2 sisters that ran the Hotel Tatin 100 miles (60 kilometers) outside of Paris. It was Louis Vaudable, owner of Maxim’s Paris that coined the name "tarte des demoiselles Tatin" Tart of the sister’s Tatin. Normally you would use a short crust or a pate brisee. I used a simple pie crust in our recipe as we were short on butter. Serves 6-8 9 1/2 inch/ 24 centimeter pie crust Pie Crust 1 1/3 cup/167 grams all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon/2ml salt 1/2 cup/118ml vegetable (crisco) shortening (or 115g butter) 3-6 tablespoons/45-90ml iced water Filling 2 Granny Smith, Golden Delicious or other firm apple that will not disintegrate peeled, cored and cut in quarters 2-3 tablespoons/29-43g unsalted butter 1/4 cup/48 grams sugar pinch of salt In a bo

Mini Lemon Thyme Potato Bites Recipe

Serves 6-8 2 pounds/900g russet potatoes cut into 1/2 inch/1.25cm slices 3 tablespoons/45ml extra­ virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon/5ml lemon juice ¼ teaspoon/1ml crushed red pepper ¼ teaspoon/1ml. dried thyme ¼ teaspoon/1ml. sea salt ¼ teaspoon/1ml. black pepper 1 large handful organic sprouts 1 teaspoon/5ml lemon zest Preheat the oven to 400F/200C/Gas6 Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray or parchment paper and set aside.  In a large bowl, combine potatoes, oil, lemon juice, red pepper, thyme, sea salt and black pepper; toss to combine.  Arrange the potato slices on prepared baking sheets, spacing them ¼ inch/62mm apart.  Bake for 25 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through, until potatoes are golden brown. Remove from oven; transfer potatoes and parchment paper to a rack and let cool for 5­-10 minutes.  Arrange on a serving platter topping each potato slice with sprouts and lemon zest. personal chefs and event catering Miami + Miami Beach + Fort L

Yeast Or Not To Yeast...how to substitute yeast

Do you have food allergies? Can't take YEAST? Here is a simple way to substitute- Baking Soda or Baking Powder. Baking soda is also used as a leavening agent i n some bread products. However, it operates differently than yeast and may not always be suitable as a substitute. However, here is how baking soda differs from yeast and how to substitute it. Baking soda doesn’t make bread rise in the same fashion as yeast. Baking soda needs to react to an acid to cause carbon dioxide bubbles to make the bread rise. It is often called for in recipes that have a naturally acidic batter for the baking soda to react in. If your recipe calls for yeast and not baking soda, then it generally does not have the required acid for the baking soda to react in. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t use baking soda as a substitute. If you want to use baking soda as a substitute for yeast, you’ll need to add an acid to the mix. Generally this is done by adding equal parts baking soda an