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Polish Pickled Beets

Pickled Beets Serves up to 8 3 cups/1.124 pounds/510g/6 medium beets, roasted and peeled* 1 tablespoon/15ml fresh grated horseradish 8 whole cloves  2 cups/500ml white vinegar 1 tablespoon/15 sugar 2 teaspoons/10ml YaDa Chef Maya Natural Sea Salt In a large glass bowl or baking dish layer the beets with horseradish and cloves.  Boil vinegar with sugar and salt stirring to dissolve.  Pour over the beets, cover for 24 hours.  * make it simple and use canned beets Palm Beach Personal Chef Fort Lauderdale Personal Chef Miami Personal Chef Freelance Chef www.yadachef.com

Apricot & Cashew Energy Bars Recipe

These delicious bars are filled with wonderful healthy ingredients including apricots, cashews, hemp seed, unsweetened coconut, and oats; a great snack to send the kids to school with or take to work. Most packaged granola bars or snack bars are stuffed with artificial flavors, colors, added sugars,  so these are a great alternative, and super easy to make! Serves: 8 1 cup/5.3 ounces/151g dried apricots ½ cup/2 ounces/56g raw cashews ¾ cup/2 ounces/57g shredded unsweetened coconut ⅓ cup/1 ounce/27g rolled oats 2 tablespoons/30ml agave syrup 1 tablespoon.15ml coconut oil, melted 2 tablespoons/30ml hemp seeds ¼ teaspoon/1ml sea salt Line and 8 inch/20cm baking pan with parchment paper or saran wrap, and set aside. Pulse cashews in food processor until crumbly, place in a separate bowl. Pulse apricots in food processor until finely chopped. Add all other ingredients to the apricot mixture and process until well combined. Add the chopped cashews to the mixture and pulse until combined

Cooking Classes And Cooking Therapy For Seniors - Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Miami Beach Personal Chef

YaDa Chef feels the kitchen is a sanctuary. It is also a great place to create a feeling of self sufficiency and accomplishment. Preparing for and cooking delicious, homemade food is a very therapeutic activity. Senior citizens can especially benefit from planning dishes, shopping for ingredients, and preparing their own meals. Even if the they are unable to accomplish these tasks alone, cooking with a caregiver is very enjoyable and will provide companionship as well.  Shopping can be fun, and it is a great way to socialize and get some exercise Classes can be focused on reintroducing menu planning and repurposing left overs, saving money.  Specific recipes will be taught that “please the senior.palate”. Courses will be partly aimed at teaching healthy cooking and eating skills. Classes also soothe stress, build self-esteem and curb negative thinking by focusing the mind on following a recipe. Psychologists say cooking and baking are pursuits that fit a type of

Kids Cooking Class - Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami

YaDa Chef's cooking school JUST for kids! Teaching children of all ages that cooking can be creative, full of discovery, and a lot of fun!  YaDa Chef provides hands-on cooking classes allowing kid's imaginations to run wild and free while discovering new science, math, reading, health and social skills. YaDa Chef offers a unique culinary experience offering cooking classes to children in an environment that encourages discover and creativity.  Each class is a new experience.  Themes chosen, either our one of YaDa Chef's chefs, by the child or parent assist in sharpening skills and taking the mystery out of the kitchen.  Removing the fear of the unknown while incorporating subject matter which ties into each theme. Our highly qualified chefs, in coordination of nutritional experts carry out a mission to provide an interactive learning experience giving children the opportunity to develop a life-long love of the culinary arts. Each class is designed to familiari

Chicken Fajitas Recipe--the real deal

Serves 4 1 - 1 1/2 pounds/450-775g. boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts 2 medium yellow onions sliced into thin strips 1 large red bell pepper sliced into thin strips 2 large green bell peppers sliced into thin strips Marinade ½ cup/125ml olive oil 1 ½ teaspoons/7ml liquid smoke or braggs liquid aminos 2 tablespoons/30ml apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon/5ml honey ¼ cup/60ml water 1 tablespoon/15ml fresh lime juice (about 1 lime) ¼ teaspoon/1ml Worcestershire sauce 3 cloves garlic, minced ½ teaspoon/2ml oregano leaves 3 tablespoon Poultry Seasoning (optional) Combine the ingredients for the marinade and divide to marinate chicken and vegetables separately. Pat chicken dry and cut into 1/4 inch/6mm strips. Add chicken to the bowl of the marinade. Slice the vegetables and place them in the bowl with remaining marinade. Refrigerate both dishes for 30 minutes to 2 hours.  Preheat cast iron pan over medium high heat. Add about a teaspoon/5ml or so of canola oil

Date Night Cooking Class

Newlyweds & Couples Private In-Home Classes You got hitched… and now it’s time to get in the kitchen! Our private, in-home cooking workshops are for the couple who has everything–except skills at the stove. Better than a personal chef and more intimate than a cooking class, our intensive lessons take the guess work out of good cooking. We begin with the basics and continue by tailoring the class to your specific needs. *Larger groups and corporate events are also accommodated Topics of Interest Knife Skills Sautee Roasting Braising Searing Grilling Pasta Cookery Vegetable Cookery Basic Baking Healthful Cooking Low-fat Baking Vegetarian Meals Special Occasion Menus Fast Weeknight Dinners Brunch Foods Mixology Wine Pairing Palm Beach Personal Chef Fort Lauderdale Personal Chef Miami Personal Chef Freelance Chef www.yadachef.com

CASSIS...Who Knew?

What is Cassis?  It is a town located just east of Marseille in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.  As a tourist destination it is known for falaises (cliffs) and its many sheltered inlets.  Wine lovers know it for its full bodied, herby white wines produced from Clairette, and Marsanne as well as Doucillon Blanc primarily.  It is also famous for its rose wines, but on this it is overshadowed by its neighbor to the east, Bandol. Say cassis to others and immediately Creme de Cassis comes to mind.  To most it is a sickly sweet, thick deep purple syrup that it only made to mix with champagne for the famous “Kir Royale”.  Even the Kir Royale does not have a wonderful reputation.  It is thought to be the drink of old ladies at Sunday brunches.  What a tragedy this is.  Most of us know only of the imitators, the impostors of the most versatile of liqueurs.  If you are lucky enough to take a trip to France and happen to wander into the Dijon region (yes that Dijon) you will encounter the re

Adult Cooking Classes - Palm Beach - Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Whether you are a novice in the kitchen or you've been cooking for years and feel like you need some new recipes, YaDa Chef's cooking classes for adults covers all the bases.  We keep them fun - get your apron dirty with YaDa Chef! We offer daytime, evening and weekend classes to suit every schedule. All classes are hands-on (or not if you prefer)! Classes are $75 per person, with a 6-person minimum (groceries are included – luxury items may incur an additional charge) for a two hour class.   Customized classes for individuals or couples are available for $125 with a 2-hour maximum, plus the cost of groceries. For more information please email, info@yadachef.com or call 954-367-YADA (9232).  Gift certificates are available. Give the gift of a wonderful (and educational) cooking experience. www.yadachef.com

Cooking Therapy a la Cupcake Wars

An upcoming cooking therapy job will require us to replicate the show, Cupcake Wars. Now the research begins. We've never heard of the show so now to see how we will incorporate the key elements of it for the kids we will be working with the middle of the month. Thank goodness for YouTube!

Family Cookie Party

Do you have fond memories of those favorite cookies that no will make anymore? You probably not only miss them, you also miss the tradition. How about a Family Cookie Party!!!!! You provide two to three recipes (depending on how complex). — Go to the attic and pull out those old family recipes!  We will plan, shop and do ALL the prep aration for your family (or just kids) baking party. The party usually takes less than an hour (kids baking is sometimes closer to two hours). YaDa Chef provides the ingredients and you provide the equipment (we bring oven thermometers to ensure your cookies are baked properly). There will be enough cookies for the party and some to store in the freezer. *** Disclaimer. Often grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, mom, dad, will omit an ingredient in “their” recipe to ensure no one else can make it. Please be sure and have the best copy of the recipe available. *** The cost for Cookie Party is $125 with up to five family members. Avai

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

Strawberry Roses

Wow! These are gorgeous and you won’t believe how easy they are to make! You will need about 2 minutes per strawberry… yes, they  are that easy! For the rose stems, you can use skewers or lollipop sticks. We recommend placing the stick or stem into the strawberry before you begin so you don’t crush the leaves once it’s done. These make a beautiful addition to a fruit plate or would be perfect for a bridal shower or Valentine’s day! The kids would even love them as a special snack dipped in whipped cream! Ingredients Large fresh strawberries Lollipop sticks or plastic rose stems Small sharp paring knife Instructions Wash and completely dry your strawberries. Insert the lollipop stick or rose stem in the bottom of each strawberry. (If you do it after they're cut it squishes the petals). Starting at the bottom, cut "petals" slightly angled towards the center of the strawberry but don't cut all the way through. You want to cut about 1/4"

Salmon Cakes Recipe

After another long day, I found myself hungry and staring at the shelves in the refrigerator.  I looked down and saw a piece of salmon just sitting there, but what to do with it?  I wanted something simple and quick.  Salmon Chipotle cakes were my first thought, but we had no corn OR chipotle, so that ruled out that!  I wasn't about to make a trip to the store.  The problem with Salmon cakes or "burgers" are they often the are dry due to over cooking etc.  You have to add moisture.  Here's how I did it.  The prep took about 5 minutes and cooking time will depend on your penchant for doneness.  I did mine "cooked through", but just. The cooking time was about 8  minutes, just the right amount of time for the potatoes to cook. Serves 4 1 pound 450g skinless salmon fillet, cut into chunks 4 baby bella or button mushrooms, cut in quarters 2 shallots or 1 small onion, diced 1 green onion/scallion, chopped Small handful of chopped parsley

Paris Mash (potato purée) Recipe

Paris Mash is a recipe created by Joel Rubuchón.  Originally it is said the ratio was 1:1, Now it is standard to do a 2:1 potato to butter ratio.  Robuchon potatoes are cooked in lightly salted water with skins on and then drained. the potatoes are then peeled and passed through a food mill .. dried out over a low flame and then emulsified with butter and cream. And, then to achieve that velvety texture, the potatoes are passed several times through a fine drum sieve. Serves 4-6 450g “boiling”potatoes (red potatoes, yukon gold, fingerling) 250g unsaltedbutter 1 1/2 cups/200ml cream 1/2 teaspoon/2ml sea salt 1/2 teaspoon/2ml white pepper Place potatoes in a pot large enough to cover the potatoes by 1 inch/2.5 cm with water. Generously salt water. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce medium low to a simmer potatoes for 25-30 minutes or potatoes are easily pierced with a sharp knife. Once cooked drain potatoes and let cool for a few minutes. While potatoes are cooling add cre

What Are Beet Greens Good For? Beet Greens Recipe

Botanical name: Beta vulgaris Grown in the Mediterranean region as far back as 2,000 B.C., beet cultivation spread to Babylonia in the eighth century, then to China around 850 A.D. Beets, along with their greens, belong to the Goosefoot family, known as Chenopodiaceae. Within the botanical family, beet greens are factored alongside spinach, Swiss chard, quinoa, lamb's quarter, and a number of other wild plants, which means that beet greens can be placed in the “dark, leafy” category. Because they are a cool season crop, beets grow quickly and can survive almost freezing temperatures, making them a favorite of northern gardeners. Beets and their greens also enjoy a longer than normal growing season. It’s best to use beet greens within two or three days after refrigeration. Enjoy beet greens by themselves as a salad or with other leafy vegetables, or sauté them in a bit of olive oil or balsamic vinegar and salt for a delicious side dish. Here’s a great tip: if you find you