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Poule au Pot (Chicken in a Pot) Recipe

Poached Chicken/Chicken in a Pot or as it is called in Italian Pollo Bollito is a much misunderstood meal. It was possibly crea ted during the time of Henry the IV or Henri de Navarre who famously is quoted as “Si Dieu me prête vie, je ferai qu'il n'y aura point de laboureur en mon royaume qui n'ait les moyens d'avoir le dimanche une poule dans son pot!” (If God keeps me, I will make sure that no peasant in my realm will lack the means to have a chicken in the pot on Sunday!) We usually like Cooks Kitchen for the way they re-work recipes. This is one time that we disagree. It should not be tired boiled chicken. The vegetables are not over cooked or the stuffing a soggy mess when done in the traditional manner. That is NOT if it is done correctly, with the flap sewn or skewered and the whole pot is cooked slowly for about 1 1/2 hours to gently cook the chicken and the vegetables. All will be good, the chicken cooked perfectly when the vegetables are done. Serve

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

A high powered blender will create a “creamier” mousse Serves 4 2 cups/450ml/450g  cashews , soaked in water for at about 3 hours ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons/90ml  agave 1 ½ oz/45g unsweetened  carob  chips, melted 3 tablespoons/45ml carob powder ½ cup water In a food processor or blender combine ¼ cup/60ml water, the cashews, sweetener, melted carob, carob powder, and process until it makes a smooth paste. Check texture. Process with additional water if you want a lighter consistency. Palm Beach Personal Chef Fort Lauderdale Personal Chef Miami Personal Chef Freelance Chef

How to Stay Healthy on a Gluten-Free Diet

While the movement to label boxes of food as “gluten-free” has certainly made a gluten-free diet much easier, eating right on any diet can be a challenge.  Gluten-free diets can be just as healthy or unhealthy as any other diet, so it’s important to watch what you eat and ensure you are receiving adequate nutrition.  Follow some tips to get your gluten-free diet off to the right start. Stay Positive It’s an adjustment to go gluten-free, particularly if you’ve had foods with gluten your entire life up to this point.  Don’t focus on what you can’t eat but rather what you can -- you can open up your palette to new flavors you might not have tried before.  Allow yourself some mistakes from trial-and-error as you discover what foods you might have to cut out and what foods you can add to your diet.  Don’t cheat, either -- if you’ve experienced some negative symptoms of celiac disease or just general gluten intolerance, you know even a tiny bit of gluten is not worth the pain or


INGREDIENTS 4 slices Canyon Bakehouse Heritage Honey Bread, toasted 2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise 4 oz. Roast Turkey 4 Slices Bacon, cooked Butter lettuce Tomato Slices Avocado Slices Blue Cheese Crumbles 2 Eggs, cooked sunny side up DIRECTIONS Spread one side of each piece of toast with mayonnaise. Layer the remaining ingredients as desired. Prep: 10 min Cook: 0 min Yield: 2 sandwiches Palm Beach Personal Chef Fort Lauderdale Personal Chef Miami Personal Chef Freelance Chef


Recipe created by Sherry McAnelly,  This House of Joy Serves 2 INGREDIENTS 4 slices of your favorite Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free bread (Mountain White, 7-Grain or Cinnamon Raisin) 2 eggs Splash of cream or milk Splash of vanilla DIRECTIONS Whisk eggs with cream (or milk) and vanilla in a bowl. Dip each piece of bread in the egg mixture to coat. Let it soak in well so you don't have any egg left over. Fry in coconut oil until golden brown on both sides. Serve with butter, seasonal fruit and whipped cream or your favorite french toast topping! Palm Beach Personal Chef Fort Lauderdale Personal Chef Miami Personal Chef Freelance Chef

Macadamia and Ginger Stuffing Recipe

With the benefits of ginger, perhaps something different in your stuffing - Especially if you like a sweet bread. The sweet bread called for here was introduced to Hawaii by nineteenth-century Portuguese immigrants. The stuffing can also be cooked inside the turkey, provided the bird is roasted immediately after being stuffed. Ingredients: 6 cups 1/2- to 3/4-inch cubes Hawaiian bread (sweet egg bread), crust trimmed 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed 1 cup chopped shallots 1/4 cup minced peeled fresh ginger 1 cup chopped green onions 1 cup chopped drained canned water chestnuts 1 cup coarsely chopped dry-roasted macadamia nuts 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons grated orange peel 3/4 cup (about) canned low-salt chicken broth 3 large eggs, beaten to blend preparation Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Place bread cubes on baking sheet. Bake until dry and firm, stirring occasionally, about 18 minutes. Transfer to very large

YaDa's Healthy Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

So many people in the USA have leftovers after Thanksgiving. Although to me the best are the turkey and stuffing sandwiches. Here is a tried and true recipe. Although many think of this as an Italian dish. It is believed to have been created by Ernest Arbogast, chef at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco CA in honour of the Italian opera star Luisa Tetrazzini.  *Tip for sauce. It is generally thick enough when you dip a spoon in it and if you run your finger down the back a line is made in the sauce. Serves 4 396 calories 4 ounce/125g baby bella mushrooms 4 ounce/125g mixed mushrooms 1 tablespoon/15ml olive oil 4 chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces ¼ teaspoon/1ml salt 1/8 teaspoon/.5ml black pepper 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced 1 cup/250ml white wine 1 pound/450g spaghetti 2 ½ cups 625ml rice milk mixed with 2 tablespoons/30ml cornstarch handful vegan parmesan cheese 10 basil leaves, torn into pieces Preheat the oven to 400F/204C/GasMark 6. Cook sp

Tofu Pumpkin Pie Recipe - Gluten Free & Dairy Free

As we gear up for that day of overindulgence in the USA and for ex-pats everywhere I thought I'd share a favourite recipe of ours for the lactose intolerant, To fu Pumpkin Pie. This is a GF/DF/NF version...just call it Vegan Pumpkin Pie. 1 package of GF pie dough mixed according to directions or use GF All Purpose Flour with your favourite pie dough recipe. 1 pound/450g firm tofu 16 ounce/450g pumpkin puree 1 cup/250ml sugar free maple syrup 1 tablespoon/15ml molasses ½ teaspoon/2ml sea salt 1 teaspoon/5ml pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon/5ml cinnamon ¼ teaspoon/1ml nutmeg ¼ teaspoon/1ml allspice Preheat oven to 350F/176C/GasMark 4 Drain tofu. Put through the food mill with the finest disk in place. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix thoroughly with a whisk or hand blender. Roll out dough and place in a pie plate. Pour the ingredients into the pie shell. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes. The center should be firm, but slightly jiggly. Pal

Fresh Yeast vs Instant Yeast

We would like to dispel the myth that fresh yeast produces better bread than dry yeast. In fact-if us ed properly-dry yeast will produce the exact same bread as fresh yeast. As long as the amounts are correct, the process is the same. It may even be the better choice in some situations, especially when you do not have a reliable source for fresh yeast. And, even if you do, instant yeast is a good back-up to have on hand in case you run out of fresh yeast. An unopened package of instant yeast has a shelf life of up to two years. Active dry can be used at 50% of the weight of fresh yeast and instant dry can be used at 40% of the weight of fresh. Based on the recommendation of the yeast manufacturers, most people are under the impression that 33% is the proper conversion for instant yeast. This is true for an industrial process, but 40% is better in the artisan process, when dough temperatures are generally lower. The instant form is the easiest to use since it does not need t

10 good reasons to eat an orange a day

Sweet and juicy to taste, orange is one of the most popular fruits in India as well as the world. Belonging to a group of citrus fruits called hesperedium, oranges have more health benefits than one. Here are the top 10 health benefits of the fruit. 1. Boosts your immunity A single orange can meet more than 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C. This vital nutrient helps improve your immunity, keeping you free from diseases and infections. Here are some more immunity boosting foods. 2. Good for your skin As we grow older, our skin along with other body parts suffers from free radical damage. This process is similar to how metals rust after exposure to air.  Even though it is inevitable, oranges are packed with antioxidants and Vitamin C which slows down the process and makes you look younger than your age! Besides oranges, you can eat these fruits and vegetables for glowing skin! 3. Great for your eyes Along with our skin, our eyes too suffers from damage as we

Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe - Gluten Free and Dairy Free

It’s “that” time of year (that time of year where it’s 100% okay to whip up sweet treats se veral times a week). It’s the holiday season! Sweets are popping up in staff lunch rooms, they’re on display for-the-taking at banks, and they’re tucked into special, snowflake-lined dishes in front entryways of people’s homes. Yes, sweets are everywhere, and they’re going to be tough to avoid. So, dig in and enjoy! The Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe Ever 2 cups/383g granulated white sugar ½ cup/125ml milk or milk alternative (coconut milk, almond milk, etc). 1 cup/180g peanut butter (smooth or chunky) 1 teaspoon/5ml vanilla extract Grease an 8x8-inch/20x20cm baking pan. In a medium saucepan, bring sugar and milk to a boil. Allow to boil for about 2½ minutes, stirring regularly, and then remove from heat. Add the peanut butter and vanilla and stir until smooth. Pour the mixture into the pan and allow to cool until set. Slice into squares. personal chefs and event caterin

Spiced Chickpea (Garbanzo Beans) “Nuts” Recipe

When roasted in a hot oven, chickpeas become super crunchy. They’re a great low-fat substitute for nuts when salt y cravings hit. Ingredients 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon dried marjoram 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon salt Preparation Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 450°F. Blot chickpeas dry and toss in a bowl with oil, cumin, marjoram, allspice and salt. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring once or twice, until browned and crunchy, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes. personal chefs and event caterering Miami + Miami Beach + Fort Lauderdale + Palm Beach

Beef Teriyaki Stir Fry Recipe - Gluten Free

Sometimes you can get sirloin strips already cut in the meat section or get to know your   butcher and ask them to do slice it for you. If you cut them yourself. Place the meat in the freezer for about 15 minutes. It will be easier to slice thinly. Serves 4 1 pound/450g boneless sirloin, cut into ¼ inch/6mm strips 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons/90ml gluten-free teriyaki sauce 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons/40ml canola oil 2 teaspoon/10ml cornstarch 3 bell peppers, cut in thin strips (a mix of colors looks nice) 6 green onions, cut in thin slices on a diagonal 8 ounce/225g baby bella mushrooms, sliced thin Gluten-free Teriyaki Sauce 1/2 cup/125ml gluten-free soy sauce or Braggs Liquid Aminos 1 tablespoon/15ml honey 1 tablespoon/15ml canola oil 1 teaspoon/5ml sesame oil 1/4 teaspoon/1ml ground pepper 1/2 clove garlic 1 teaspoon/5ml dry ginger Combine the ingredients for the teriyaki sauce, half of the oil and cornstarch in a large bowl. Remove/reserve half of mixture in another b

Cider or Juice? It’s all APPLES to US!

In North America (the USA and Canada) we have a drink that is much loved called apple cider. Go anywhere else in the world and it will be known as unfiltered/natural apple juice. Cider is what you get at a pub and goes great with a “ploughman’s lunch”. It is the beginning of Autumn or Fall. The time when brisk winds begin to blow the leaves once brightly coloured leaves from the trees. It is also apple picking time in the Northeast. Cider or cyder, according to Wikipedia, is a fermented alcoholic beverage made from fruit juice, most commonly and traditionally apple juice. Cider varies in alcohol content from 1.2% to 8.5% or more in traditional English ciders. In some regions, such as Germany and United States, cider may be called "apple wine". In the United States and some parts of Canada, the term "hard cider" usually refers to the alcoholic beverage discussed in this article, while "cider" may refer to non-alcoholic apple cider. When sugar or