Arnold, MD

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Serving Washington, DC, Baltimore, Annapolis, Alexandria County, Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County, Prince Georges County, Howard County, Charles County and the surrounding areas.

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Fully insured and ServSafe certified with a food safety management certificate from the National Restaurant Association. 

December 28, 2018

Often with the new year comes a change in your eating habits. Whether it is part of your resolution for the next year or you are just trying to cleanse your body of all the sugar you enjoyed over the holidays, a healthier menu finds its way into most homes. The best way to make this healthier eating habit stick is by finding recipes that are healthy, delicious and easy. You need foods around the house that are easy to make and store so when your tummy grumb...

July 23, 2018

I have to admit that I am not a big fan of watermelon myself, but it is a summer staple so I have been playing around with it a bit this summer. The more recipes I create, the more that I am enjoying it. So now I'm actually eating watermelon sometimes. I never thought that would happen. I've always loved the synthetic watermelon flavor in gum or candy, but not the fruit itself for some reason. 

One of the things that I like about watermelon is that it has a...

June 26, 2018

Ever since I lived in Italy for the summer I have been in love with bruschetta. Now maybe it had to do with the fact that tomatoes in Italy taste truly amazing even when eaten plain, but there is something about this blend of flavors that I truly enjoy. It isn't just me.  Every time I make this bruschetta people ask for the recipes and it’s so simple.  There are very few ingredients in it, but each one packs so much flavor.  This is obviously best when toma...

June 21, 2018

We are trying to eat more meatless meals in our home this summer. Mostly to ensure we are getting enough vegetables, but also because there are so many delicious things to make that don't have meat in them. I know not everyone loves tofu, so you could skip that part of this recipe. You can either just do the vegetables or add shrimp or chicken to the dish instead. By changing the protein, the cooking time of the dish will change as well, so just keep that i...

June 8, 2018

With a 20 month old and a growing business I love easy dinner ideas as much as the next person. I recently put this one together for a client. Nothing groundbreaking here, but delicious and great for any time of the year. You could do these in the oven or on the grill since they are wrapped in foil. Feel free to play with the ingredients too. These would be great with some fresh rosemary and balsamic vinegar topped with a little goat cheese. Yum, I have to...

January 26, 2018

This was a recipe that I created many years back. Well before becoming a personal chef. Since then, my family takes it upon themselves to throw this together for every family occasion throughout the summer. It is a recipe that fits many dietary restrictions, which makes it perfect for a summer or football potluck. 

 Many people do not like coleslaw or at least the flavor of the sauce. I am one of those people
that is very particular about my coleslaw. S...

August 2, 2017

When you have a garden, you often end up with an abundance of one vegetable. For some reason our zucchini plants like to produce all of their zucchini in a two week period and then die. So we have a ton of zucchini for a little while every summer. I try to find creative ways to enjoy it, so that we don't grow sick of zucchini. I stuff it, grill it, saute it, you name it, I've probably tried it. 

This recipe is adapted from one that my friend Nicole showed me...

April 27, 2017

The first time I created this recipe I used shaved asparagus in it. While shaving the asparagus can be time consuming, you don't need to even blanch it because the shavings are so tender. You just shave it, mix together the rest of the ingredients and you are done. I recently had a client ask if I could use a different vegetable in the salad instead so I tried the broccoli rabe. I have to admit, I generally don't like broccoli rabe. It is too bitter for me....

March 24, 2017

I love roasting vegetables both at home and for my clients throughout the year, although I do it a little less in the summer. During the warm months I prefer the grill if I can get it. Roasting helps to bring out all the delicious flavors in the vegetables while with ruining the texture and making them mushy. Roasted vegetables also keep well, which is important when I am cooking for clients. I suggest you roast up a big batch of this cauliflower when you h...

February 24, 2017

With spring time comes the beautiful cherry blossoms. We are lucky to live close enough to DC that we can enjoy the cherry blossoms when they are in full bloom. In fact my husband proposed to me after running the Cherry Blossom 10 miler. Unfortunately that year the cherry blossoms were blooming later then expected so not many had oped up yet. OK, back to the topic at hand. After the cherry blossoms are gone, we of course get to enjoy delicious, juicy and he...

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