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Gift Certificates - Personal Chef - Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Miami Beach, Florida Keys

General  gift certificates  can be used towards any  chef  service we offer: catering,  personal chef , dinner party or  private  cooking classes. This is the most popular  gift certificate , as it allows  YaDa Chef  to work wi th the recipient to create something that fits their needs. For more information:  954-367-9232  |  561-285-7466  | Palm Beach Personal Chef Fort Lauderdale Personal Chef Miami Personal Chef Freelance Chef

Gluten Free No Bake Key Lime Pie Recipe

Key lime pie is a staple in southern Florida and especially in the Keys.  When I first visited Key West I OD’d on everything key lime from fudge to cakes, shakes and more .   Serves 4-6 2 cups/241g pecans (substitute any non-salted nut you prefer) 2-3 tablespoons/29-43g melted unsalted butter or nondairy equivalents 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar (more or less depending on your sweet tooth) 2- 8 ounce/225g package of softened cream cheese 1- 14 ounce/435ml/400g can sweetened condensed milk 1/2 cup/125ml key lime juice (substitute regular lime juice) 1 teaspoon/5ml vanilla zest of one lime juice of 1 lime or 1/2 tablespoon/7ml key lime juice 1 cup/250ml whipping cream, whipped Place the nuts in the food processor and run until the nuts are finely ground.  With the blade running add the sugar then the melted butter or margarine.  If making individual pies, divide the nut mixture evenly.  Press into ramekins or custard cups. If using a 9 inch/23 x 4cm pie

September 30th is National Mulled Cider Day!

Five Food Finds about Cider The cider industry uses 45% of all apples grown in the UK. The UK cider industry grew nearly 200,000 tonnes of cider apples in 2010; Bulmers alone has 10,000 acres of cider apple orchards under its control. There are more than 300 varieties of cider apple grown in the UK – all with the sole purpose of making cider. Varieties include Foxwhelp, Brown Snout, Ball’s Bittersweet, Kingston Black, Merrylegs and Slack-ma-Girdle. Cider apples are different from dessert apples in that they contain tannin, which is also found in coffee and red wine. It gives the cider a full-bodied flavour and drying of the mouth (astringency). Today’s Food History on this day in… 1861  William Wrigley, Jr. was born. William Wrigley Jr. started out as a traveling salesman at the age of 13, selling soap for his father’s company. He had a series of sales jobs, one which gave chewing gum as a premium. Customers liked the gum better than the product, so he was soon market

Personal Chef Packages - Promotional Pricing

PERSONAL CHEF PACKAGES PROMOTIONAL PRICING 3 (Three) Entrees/Meals, 4 (Four) Portions/Servings of Each = $399 $285 5 (Five) Entrees/Meals, 2 ( Two ) Portions/Servings of Each = $459 $345 5 (Five) Entrees/Meals, 4 (Four) Portions/Servings of Each = $588 $370 5 (Five) Entrees/Meals, 6 (Six) Portions/Servings of Each = $599 $445 The above standard service packages includes your personal chef , menu planning, grocery shopping, groceries ( except luxury items ), food containers, and food preparation.   Special Diets (Additional Menu Planning) $80 Per service. Palm Beach Personal Chef Fort Lauderdale Personal Chef Miami Personal Chef Freelance Chef

September 29th is National Mocha Day!

Five Food Finds about Coffee Coffee is only grown near the equator, from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn, within a 1,000 mile limit. 1,200 different chemical components are in coffee.  More than half of these components make up the distinguished flavor of coffee. There is between 80 and 140 milligrams of caffeine in a seven once cup of coffee. 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide, making it the most popular beverage. 91% of coffee consumed is taken at breakfast.  And sometimes is breakfast. Today’s Food History on this day in… 1860  Chapin Aaron Harris died. He was cofounder of the first dental school in the world, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. 1967  Gladys Knight and the Pips released  ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine.’ 1974  The TV show  ‘Alice’  debuted. Most of the action took place in Mel’s Diner. 1978   ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’  by Taste Of Honey is #1 on the charts

Wheat Free Spiced Cake Doughnut Recipe

Cake doughnuts can be a healthy way to have an American breakfast favourite that is bak ed not fried. This is a spiced cake version without wheat or nuts using an All-Purpose GF commercially produced flour by King Arthur. Drizzle a bit of glaze if you like or spread with your favourite frosting. We say - “go naked”.  2 cups/244g King Arthur GF Flour 3/4 cup/144g granulated sugar 2 teaspoons/10ml baking powder 1 teaspoon xanthan gum (you can leave this out but the consistency will be drier) 1/2 teaspoon/2ml ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon/1ml cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon/1ml allspice 1 teaspoon/5ml salt 3/4 cup/185ml almond milk (sub dairy, soy or your preferred) 2 eggs beaten 2 teaspoons/10ml pure vanilla extract 3 tablespoons/45ml oil Pre-heat oven to 325F/162C/Gas 3 Lightly grease your doughnut pan. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and salt together in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl whisk the milk, egg, vanilla and oil. Ma

September 26th is National Key Lime Pie Day

Today food trivia: Key Limes are uniquely sour because they have less moisture in their peel. This makes the juice much more acidic Here are today’s five thing to know about Key Lime Pie: The dish is named for the small Key limes that are naturalized throughout the Florida Keys.  Unlike regular lime juice, Key lime juice is a pale yellow color which combined with the egg yokes results in the yellow pie filling. Key lime pie was invented by botantist Jack Simons. On July 1st, 2006 both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate passed legislation selecting the “Key lime pie” as the official pie of the state of Florida. It is highly likely that the first Key lime pie was created by “Aunt Sally,” the cook of a ship salvager and Key West’s first millionaire. Many of the men onboard his ships would have had access to the basic and non-perishable ingredients required for the early recipe: canned milk, limes and eggs. , Today’s Food History 1777  John Ba

Spicy Red Curried Beef and Cashews Recipe - Gluten Free

I love curries! The longer you marinate what your currying the more intense the flavours will be. If you are in a rush you still get plenty if you toss your ingredients in the paste and do a quick saute, or even oven roasting with veggies. Serves 4 1 pound/450g boneless sirloin, cut into ½ inch/1.27cm strips 1 teaspoon/5ml canola oil 1 teaspoon/5ml sesame oil ¼ cup/60g cashews (optional) 1 scallion, sliced on a diagonal Marinade: 1 tablespoon/15ml sesame seeds 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tablespoon/15ml ginger root, minced 1 Thai bird chile, chopped 1 tablespoon/15ml coconut liquid aminos 1 teaspoon/5ml red curry paste, see recipe on page (oops you will have to get the book) Place sesame seed in a dry skillet over medium heat for 30-45 seconds being careful not to burn them.   Add the toasted seeds, garlic, ginger root, chile aminos and curry paste to a blender, and blend to a paste.  Place beef in a glass dish pouring the in the marinade.  To

Easy Morning Glory Muffin Recipe

These easy and tasty muffins are a glorious way to start any day. They combine the great taste and chewy texture of carrots with the wonderful flavors of apple, raisins, coconut, walnuts, and cinnamon." 2 cups/250g all-purpose flour 1 1/4 cups/240g white sugar 2 teaspoons/10ml baking soda 2 teaspoons/10ml ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon/1ml salt 2 cups/2 pounds/1kg  shredded carrots 1/2 cup/76g raisins 1/2 cup/58g chopped walnuts 1/2 cup/38g unsweetened flaked coconut 1 apple - peeled, cored and shredded 3 eggs 1 cup/250ml vegetable oil 2 teaspoons/10ml vanilla extract Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 12 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners.  In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the carrot, raisins, nuts, coconut, and apple.  In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir egg mixture into the carrot/flour mixture, just until moistened. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cu

Arugula/Rocket Makes You Sexy

Arugula makes you sexy! Centuries ago Romans discovered an unlikely quality of this leafy green. Finding that those who ate it on a regular basis were more sexu ally energized, it became revered as a powerful aphrodisiac. It has since been used as a sensual enhancer throughout many regions of the world, and often combined with other aphrodisiac herbs like lavender and chicory to create a somewhat of a love potion. Arugula’s aphrodisiac qualities may stem from its stimulating effects on the body, providing power and energy that vitalizes the system. No matter what your reasoning for eating it, Arugula is a fantastic food to add to the diet. Like spinach it is a versatile green too. Don’t limit yourself to salads, try adding arugula to pastas, grains, sandwiches, wraps and soups, or blend it into a delicious spicy pesto! What are you making with your arugula? private chefs and event catering Miami + Miami Beach + Fort Lauderdale + Palm Beach | 9

Traveling Charity Supper Club

The beauty of a Charity Supper Club is that anyone can hold a supper. Hold your own Supper utilizing YaDa Chef's culinary talents to raise funds for your special charity.  Throughout the month of October, and possibly part of November, YaDa Chef will be traveling throughout the continental USA providing our services. Where do you hold a Charity Supper Club? You can hold it anywhere. The location is completely up to you, depending on the scale of your supper and number of guest you wish to attend. We only need a kitchen. How many people do you invite? You can start big or small depending on the scale of your space. Start with six people or maybe sixty.  Menu? The menu can be as intricate or simple as you wish. We will assist you in creating a menu both you and your guests will enjoy.  What to drink? Usually these dinners begin with a cocktail to get people in the mood. Why not offer a cash bar after the first drink to add to your charity. How do I get donat

Two Takes on Christmas Ham

by Joseph Yacino Last year I tried to get everyone to throw out the all-too-common turkey and go more traditional with a Christmas Goose.  Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE turkey, in every way, shape and form.  My problem with turkey is no one seems to want to cook anything but turkey for every holiday gathering.  Here I go again; this year it is with ham. The tradition of eating ham for Christmas came from a pagan tradition from the pre-Christian Germanic and Norse tradition of killing a boar and serving it to honor Freya or Frigg(Frija), one of the Norse Gods. St. Stephen, whose feast day is December 26th, is often depicted as serving a boar’s head as an offering.  The two were combined and there you have it...a new tradition is born. We’ve all seen the big hams with the criss-cross slices dotted with cloves and draped in pineapple rings and cherries.  Below are two takes on the Baked Ham; let’s hope they will become new “standards” for you, whether it is a holiday or not.