Chef Kim’s Blog

  • Second Year In A Row!

    I’m so excited to have been voted SoJo Happenings Best Chef!  Thank you to all who voted and for everyone for allowing me to do what I love…. COOK! SoJo Happening Winner for Best Chef 2014

     

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  • Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats

    Here’s one for all you pumpkin heads out there!
    Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats!

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  • It’s Time to Kick Off Pumpkin Season!

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    Ingredients
    14 slices whole wheat sandwich bread
    3 eggs
    1/2 cup milk
    3/4 cup canned pumpkin (not canned pumpkin pie filling)
    1 tsp pumpkin pie spice…
    Butter and syrup for serving
    Directions
    Set out the bread for dipping. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, pumpkin and pie spice until smooth. Dip each side of the bread and cook on a hot, greased griddle or skillet. Flip after 1 – 2 minutes. Once all are cooked, serve with butter and syrup. If freezing, let cool completely to reduce freezer burn.
    Enjoy this perfect fall “breakfast for dinner”!
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  • Fresh Apple Candles

    appc2How to make fresh apple candles

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    You will need: a firm apple, tea light candle, knife, spoon, lemon juice Directions: place tea light on top of apple and trace with your knife (or start with a marker then cut apple skin with knife). Spoon out enough apple so that the tea light will fit inside snug and flush. Brush the inside of the apple with lemon juice (the more you use the longer apple…maybe a week). Place the tea light inside and your your apple is ready! FYI: You can even purchase a candle apple carver online for those who prefer

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  • Whoot!! Best Chef 2014!

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  • Giving the Gift of Food Just Got Easier!

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    A gift certificate for home delivered meals is the perfect way to celebrate a milestone, say thank you or provide support to someone who needs a little help during a difficult time.  And NOW, you can even get your hands on (so to speak) a Chef Kim’s Kitchen gift certificate online…in your jammies…in the middle of the night…in an instant!

    Just go to the Give the Gift of Food page, scroll down to the Gift Certificate area, enter the amount of the gift certificate you want to purchase and click Purchase Gift Certificate!   Enter your name, email address and phone number as well as your recipient’s name and then click Review Information.  Review what you’ve entered and confirm for accuracy then click Complete Purchase.  Complete your purchase through PayPal and in just moments, the gift certificate will be in your inbox to print and deliver to your recipient (or forward it right to their inbox!).  (You need to be able to receive HTML mail in order for the certificate to appear properly in your message).

    A little home-cooked love is perfect for:

    • New Parents: Perfect for parents with a new baby at home – whether it’s their first or third or more, give a unique gift that shows you care.
    • Elderly & Homebound Individuals: Our nutritious, custom meals can help ensure elderly friends or relatives or homebound individuals are eating properly.
    • Special Diets: Dieting and adhering to special dietary requirements can take a lot of planning, shopping and meal preparation. How about sending a gift that will help out, especially those who are too busy or just don’t like to cook?
    • House Warming: Moving can be a very stressful and busy time for most people. Welcome the new homeowners with a home cooked meal.
    • Corporate Gift for Clients or Employees: A gift of home delivered meals will make you stand out from the bunch!
    • Home from the Hospital: I can help take someone recuperating at home providing healthy meals.
    • Gesture of Sympathy: At a time when you want to help but aren’t sure how, give a gift that helps reduce stress and show you care.
    • Holidays, Birthdays, Mother’s Day & Father’s Days: Your gift of home delivered meals is sure to be a favorite and remembered for years to come! Show your appreciation with personal meal service.

     

    Thanks for reading and HAPPY GIFTING!!!

     

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  • Peaches Are Here! Plus Other Great Jersey Produce!

    JERSEY FRESH AVAILABILITY FOR JULY 14, 2014 peaches

     

    ARUGULA Harvesting a light volume of good quality product in this heat.

    BABY SPINACH & ARUGULA Harvesting a fair to good volume of good quality products.

    BASIL Likes warmer weather. Harvesting a fair to increasing volume of very good quality product.

    BEETS Harvesting very good quality in fair to good volume.

    BLUEBERRIES Harvesting the intensely flavored Bluecrop variety, in good volume and excellent quality. This week provides the last good volume of the season; with declining volume over the next few weeks. CABBAGE Harvesting a fair to good volume of good quality products.

    CILANTRO Harvesting a light quantity of good quality Spring product in this heat.

    COLLARDS Harvesting very good quality in good quantity.

    CUCUMBERS Fair to good volume of excellent quality Pickles and Cukes harvesting.

    DANDELIONS Very good quality San Pasquale variety harvesting in fair volume.

    DILL Harvesting excellent quality in light quantity w/ the heat.  corn

    EGGPLANT Harvesting excellent quality in light to fair & increasing volume. Volume by late week.

    ESCAROLE & ENDIVE Spring season finishing up w/ the increasing heat.

    KALE Excellent quality Spring planted harvesting in good volume.

    LEEKS Excellent quality Spring planted harvesting in fair volume.

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    LETTUCE Hot temperatures finishing up the season until the Fall.

    MINT Very good quality harvesting in fair quantity.

    PARSLEY Very good quality Spring planted product harvesting in fair volume.

    PEACHES The harvesting of early PF & Sentry varieties in fair to increasing volume. Freestone varieties starting in 10 days to 2 weeks. White peaches starting late month w/ volume by early August.

    PEPPERS Harvesting a light to fair & increasing quantity of excellent quality product. Volume by late week.

    RADISHES Harvesting good quality product in light volume w/ this heat.

    SPINACH Very good quality Spring product harvesting in light volume w/ this heat.

    SQUASH Harvesting a good volume of very good quality zucchini and yellow squash.

    SWEET CORN Later planting means later harvesting. A fair to quickly increasing volume of excellent quality corn harvesting. Retail volume becoming available.

    SWISS CHARD Harvesting a fair quantity of excellent quality product in this heat.

    TOMATOES Harvesting excellent quality field grown tomatoes in fair to quickly increasing volume. Retail volume becoming available late week.   zucchini

    TURNIPS Harvesting a light quantity of very good quality product with the heat.

     

    JERSEY FRESH FORECAST NECTARINES Starting late month with volume by early August.

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  • Super Tracker from the USDA

    The USDA has this great tool that allows you to track your nutrition and physical activity — SuperTracker!  Create your profile and get a plan tailored just for you.  Have any of you already used SuperTracker?  http://1.usa.gov/1tJdx0h

     

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  • A New Way to Use Those Delicious Organic Heirloom Tomatoes

    Tomatoes w/ Asiago Cheese and Fresh Herbs

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    Yield: 6 servings

    Prep Time: 15 min

    Cook Time: 3 min

    When tomatoes are at their ripest and sweetest, that’s the time to make this recipe…

    Ingredients:

    3 medium beefsteak tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick 1/4 cup coarse fresh breadcrumbs 1/4 cup finely grated Asiago cheese 1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh Italian parsley 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Directions:

    1.  Position a rack 6-inches from the broiler unit and preheat the broiler.

    2.  Arrange sliced tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet, slightly overlapping.

    3.  In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs, cheese, parsley, thyme and olive oil.  Sprinkle evenly over the tomatoes.  Give the tomatoes a good sprinkle of salt and pepper.

    4.  Broil until the breadcrumbs are a deep, golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes.  Serve immediately.

    Tips:

    *Use the best tomatoes that you can find for this recipe.  Straight from the Farmer’s Market is best!

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  • 11 Cool Uses for Ice Cube Trays

     

    What To Freeze in Your Ice Cube Tray       icetry

    Those tiny compartments are perfect for preserving single-serving portions of leftover condiments and ingredients that are too small to keep around in the fridge but too tasty (or expensive) to throw out. Once your cubes are frozen, pop them from the tray into a resealable freezer bag for easy access the next time you need a tablespoon or two. You may want to measure what your tray holds, so you can use the right number of cubes in recipes.

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