The challenge of special diets – Paleo

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The challenge: Prepare 2 weeks’ worth of meals for a family in which one member is gluten sensitive and is adapting the Paleo Diet to her evolving dietary needs, while still satisfying the other family members’ more traditional tastes. Bolognese sauce over spaghetti squash or semolina pasta Shepherds pie with pureed cauliflower topping instead of mashed potatoes Turkey hash with sweet potatoes Coconut-crusted chicken fingers  

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Thanksgiving Reflections

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I shall begin with white vapor, billowing from the open oven, spreading the scent of onion, sage and melting fat. The room, still brittle cold, the clean kitchen counters and tools all in a row. I shall touch the knife, cold and gleaming. Its edge sharp and biting, like new grief. I shall note the early morning glare through the window, revealing the streaks and smudges of yesterday’s cleaning, the breathless quiet before the rest of the house awakens, the too-good-to-be-true promise of a perfect day. Did I...

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Menus this Week

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Situation: Elderly couple. One the caregiver for the other. Dietary considerations: Diabetes, low-fiber diet, meats ground. Preferences: Comfort food. Marinated Salmon & Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Puree Ground Chicken Parmesan & Parmesan Toast Ground Turkey Tetrazinni & Apple Sauce Risotto with Sweet Italian Sausage Ground Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry & Rice   Situation: Retired couple entertaining house guests Preferences: Meat Stout-Braised Short Ribs Steak au Poivre Chicken Breasts...

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Sweet Potatoes – The Spud I Love

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My purpose in writing this blog is to give people who may be interested in personal chefs, either for themselves or for someone else, more information about who I am and what I do. So it may seem counterintuitive for me to post recipes. After all, my goal is to be hired to cook for you or someone you know. Why would I post recipes that encourage people to cook for themselves? Aside from the fact that cooking is one of the best things you can do for yourself, the recipes I post will be ones I love and want to...

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Crisis Cooking

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You’re snowed in. Your personal chef hasn’t been able to get to your house to stock your refrigerator and freezer. And you can’t get to the store. Maybe your power’s out. (If so, file this away for next time and know this is only helpful if you have a way to boil water.) But you still need to get something warm, nutritious and tasty into your family. If you’ve followed the advice of any of the cooking gurus, you have a well-stocked pantry from which to draw whole grain pasta or brown...

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