Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Eve

Hey Folks,
Yours truly has been MIA the past two weeks prepping for one of the biggest holiday's known to the industry.  I'm brining birds, rolling pie crusts and mashing potatoes till there's no tomorrow. I'll be back on Monday with tons of tales from the private chef.

In the meantime if you have turkey day questions, just email me at couturechefs@yahoo.com
Have a blessed and joyous Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cupcake Bath Bombs- Now Taking Orders

Chef Jen DePalma is now taking order for the hottest craze in event favors, Cupcake Bath Bombs. These sweet and fizzy bath treats are the perfect party take-away. Email me at couturechefs@yahoo.com for ordering info.

Homemade Beef Stew

The crisp days of fall are here and there's nothing like coming home to a steaming bowl of homemade beef stew. With the help of my pressure cook this three hour dish is done in almost 30 minutes! A pressure cooker uses steam to cook at super high temperatures and the steam creates a moist heat which helps tenderize tougher cuts of meat. If you're unsure which cut of beef to buy for stew asking your butcher what he has on hand is always the way to go.

To my pressure cooker I add in 1 pound of beef (cubed), organic carrots, celery and onions ( mirepoix, the fancy french term), yukon gold potatoes, tablespoon of tomato paste, beef stock, red wine, half a head of fresh garlic and two bay leaves- I seal the lid and when my pot begins whistling- dinner is done!

Chef Jen DePalma is now offering home cooking lessons to NYC, learn the secrets to making simple to spectacular suppers!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sushi Samba, Park Avenue South

I stopped in Sushi Samba last night and just had to gab to you about the Yellowtail Tacquitos I tried. Imagine a crispy, crunchy flavorful taco stuffed with fresh yellow tail,a burst of lime, avocado and a tangy BBQ sauce that just pulls the whole dish together - this combo is surely going on my catering menu!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Traditional Apple Pie

17 days left until Thanksgiving! I thought this is the perfect time to post my favorite recipe for traditional apple pie. You know, the homestyle chunks of apples, sweet and tart with a hint of spice. I like using 3-4 tablespoons of tapioca pearls instead of flour to thicken my filling. The tapioca gives the filling a smoother texture and I believe it binds better. Use golden delicious apples for the best tasting results.

Chef JenDePalma is now booking corporate parties and holiday catering:email couturechefs@yahoo.com or call Chef Jen at 347-585-1057

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Celebrate the Sweeter Moments with Driscolls -11/4/2011

This Friday I will be live in the studio to Celebrate the Sweeter Moments with Driscolls. What a fantastic event this is going to be starring Chef Rick Rodgers food writer, cookbook author and guest chef (the man does it all). You can be a part of this fabulous event and tune in virtually by registering here: driscollsmoments.eventbrite.com

These are a just a few of the fabulous recipes Chef Rick Rodgers will be debuting:

Roasted Acorn Squash w/Raspberry Sauce
Eggnog Panna Cotta with Balsamic Raspberries

Holiday Berry Belinis
 Check out www.driscollsmoments.com for more info on this festive and fabulous holiday berry event!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

1 Sale a Day website- The Ninja for $29.99

Hummus made in Ninja
Folks 1 Sale a Day, has the Ninja Master Pro Prep for only $29.99 today!!! This is a $119.00 item, what a deal! The Holidays are right around the corner and the Ninja is one very useful gift, it's BPA free too!

 In my Ninja I make hummus, it's great for crepe batter, use it for easy fresh salsa, perfect for smoothies or blending up soups and sauces- I can go on for days. I will say the quality of the parts is so-so, the plastic on one of my blades began peeling after just a few uses. Luckily, my set came with three different blades so now I'm down to two.

At $29.99 this is sale you won't want to miss!
P.S.- I'm not here to advocate for 1 Sale a Day but when I see deal, it's my job to let you know!