I’m coming up on two major milestones this year. The Roving Stove personal chef service will be celebrating 10 successful years in business, and this Thursday my membership site JulieAnneRhodes.com will be celebrating it’s first anniversary. Some thought I was crazy! Why would a multi award-winning personal chef want to offer to offer the majority of her services at a mere fraction of the cost of her normal fees? I wanted to reach out to people globally, not just in my own city, and help many more people afford the luxury of time.
When the economy took a drastic blow in 2008, I worried I would lose clients. I mean lets get real here, if you have to cut back on services; are you going to let the person who cleans your toilet go first, or the one that cooks your food? Luckily, the majority of my clients had a large enough financial cushion to keep me on, but that also proved they valued my service greatly. Instead of going under, we are actually expanding.
That got me thinking about all the other hard working singles, couples and families that needed to whittle out a way to get a healthy, delicious dinner on the table nightly, while still keeping up with all the other demands on their time. Just because it was geographically or financially an impossible, didn’t mean they didn’t still need my help, maybe even more (the PCA™ helps you save money), so the concept of teaching others to apply my professional techniques to their own home was born, resulting in the Personal Chef Approach™.
Since women’s lib hit America in the 70′s, the average household transformed from stay at home wives and mothers to double income households. Great, except along with it came an unhealthy fast food, preservative ridden diet to keep up with the new demands on our time. It also meant many of you didn’t grow up learning to cook with your mothers as previous generations had, therefore you might find the prospect of cooking baffling, if not downright scary.
Trust me, if you can read – you can cook! The ingredients are all listed in a recipe along with the directions. I consciously write my recipes with the novice cook in mind. However, I wanted to take my site a step further, and be the next best thing to having your mother there in the kitchen with you. Premium members have direct access to my expertise, and an entire community of support with the forum, so you are never really alone in the kitchen. Now how many websites offer you the actual chef, as well as the recipes?
It has been an exciting year watching how quickly members came together as an incredibly supportive community, and how diversely they’ve taken my concept and advice, and put it to work for themselves. I’ve learned there are as many different ways to use the PCA™, as there are people using it.
BTW, membership would be an excellent way show mom you care! Weekly menu plans are adaptable to just about any lifestyle, budget or personal taste. All you have to do is print, shop, and cook – it’s a no brainer way of making delicious meals you can grab on the run, or actually have the time to sit down and enjoy dinner as a family. Of course, you can also substitute any meal on the menu with the wide array of my client-approved recipes in the recipe library, plus new ones are added frequently. What is your time worth? I don’t know about you, but my time is worth a lot more than just $2.50 a week to save hours and money, so the premium membership really does pay for itself.
Don’t take my word for it. Here are just a few recent remarks members have made about the PCA™:
- “Her cuisine is modern, inspired and innovative. It’s a system that’s quite genius, even for the culinary challenged.” – JB
- “Julie Anne is very hands on with the website, and her community. Such a relief to know that the woman who inspires you is with you every step of the way.” – JZ
- “My kids are healthier, happier and being able to work on something with them right up until 10 minutes before a healthy meal goes on the table is a fantastic gift.” – RL
- “The PCA is perfect for single people! I cherry pick the meals from several menus, get the groceries, cook, portion, cool, and freeze. I then have meals for anywhere from three to four weeks. I waste less, actually eat what I cook and enjoy it.” -RM
Let me help YOU afford the luxury of time, save money, and get a delicious dinner on the table in a snap, too. Purchase premium membership between now and May 19th, and I will give you my mini eBook, Party Accomplished as a BONUS GIFT. You’ll be rocking out dinner like a pro in no time, and the a diva of your social world. Party Accomplished reveals my secrets in using the Personal Chef Approach™ to organizing, cooking and hosting a party you can actually kick back to enjoy with your friends. Like my dinners, everything is simple, yet elegantly, prepared in advance.
How do you save time without sacrificing flavor or nutrition when you get dinner on the table?
Want a taste of more to come? Try the recipe I won “Best Poultry Burger in America” on Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown with. I promise you that adults and kids alike will love it, and you will not be saying “where’s the beef?” If you don’t believe me, you can read the reviews on Food Network.
Jewels Turkey-Jasmine Burger
This is one of the first recipes I ever wrote, and it won “best poultry burger in America” on Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown! Since it is a little labor intensive, I would recommend doing double portions of at least the turkey burgers to freeze for a later date – why make a mess twice when you can do it all at once? After all it is about affording YOU the luxury of time!
1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced rounds
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/8 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
1/3 cup steamed jasmine rice
1/4 cup panko
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 Thai chili or serrano chile, seeded and minced
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon peanut oil
4 sesame hamburger buns
1/2 cup homemade mayonnaise or store-bought
1 teaspoon wasabi powder
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon finely chopped lemon peel
1. Toss cucumbers, onions, rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Let it marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
2. Mix ground turkey, rice, panko, green onions, egg, sesame oil, soy sauce, Thai chile, and sugar very well. Make into 4 patties. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Heat peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute burgers until cooked through, approximately 5 to 6 minutes per side (depending on how thick you make them).
4. While burgers are cooking, toast buns, and mix mayonnaise, with wasabi powder, ginger, and lemon peel in a small bowl.
5. Drain cucumber salad well.
6. Smear 1 tablespoon wasabi mayonnaise on toasted bun halves, spread with a layer of drained cucumber salad, then top with burger and cover with bun top.