Holiday Greetings & A Gift For You

Julie Anne and Tatjana Rhodes
The holidays are a time of gathering and celebrating with friends and family, but they can also be fraught with extra demands on your time. The Personal Chef Approach is all about helping you organize your meals in advance, so you can still serve fabulous...
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Happy times with Michael White

The Art of Sympathy

It seems perfectly normal to me, to think of those we’ve lost over the holidays. I posted a photo of a boyfriend who passed away many years ago on my Facebook wall this week. It was nice to share memories with those who knew and… Keep Reading »

Jewels dreaming up new reicpes

Recipe Testing & The Personal Chef Approach

Developing and testing recipes is one of my favorite parts of my career. Every recipe is a new blank canvas I get to paint with flavor.  I always find chillier, rainy weather most conducive to the process, so it’s been a productive week.
Jewels dreaming up… Keep Reading »

With Nick & Tatjana Christmas time 1988

Sick Furry Baby & Tips to Managing Holiday Stress & Blues

Let me start out by saying, Daisy started wagging her tail this morning, so I think we have thankfully turned the corner. A run of the mill visit to the groomers somehow managed to turn into one very sick puppy dog this weekend. I’m exhausted… Keep Reading »

Perfecting your timing while cooking multiple meals at once

Friday Food Tip: Timing Tips

When I asked about what the biggest challenges you face in the kitchen are on the Personal Chef Approach page recently, Jan Rogers Salsky mentioned “not timing things properly.” As you might imagine, timing is everything when you cook, and even more so when cooking multiple meals… Keep Reading »

Autumn leaves in the city

New York, New York

Mom and I couldn’t have chosen better timing for our mother-daughter trip to New York. Being a Southern California gal, I miss the autumn turning of the leaves and we hit that perfectly along with unusually mild temperatures the first few days. Then when the… Keep Reading »

With my cousins and baby sister for Thanksgiving as a child

Friday Food Tip: Thanksgiving Replay

I couldn’t help reminiscing about Thanksgivings past  – the people, the places, the varying menus – all of which I treasure the memories. As a child, my matriarchal grandmother would insist the entire family convene in Des Moines. These were formal celebrations we dressed up… Keep Reading »


An Intimate Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is usually a time to gather with family and friends, but sometimes it’s nice to have a more intimate gathering with just your “better half”, or a few friends at home. Since Tatjana is working in London, and I just had a fabulous week… Keep Reading »

Thanksgiving is upon us!

Thanksgiving Personal Chef Approach Style

The holiday menu plan is up, so PCA members to get a jump start on their Thanksgiving dinner preparations. To keep life easy, we’re also leaving last week’s menu up – just in case you don’t have time for the custom menu planning tool (simply click… Keep Reading »

Christie's Post-War & Contemporary Art

Christie’s, Warhol, and What’s In It For You?

It was an intensely exciting experience to watch the record breaking Post-War & Contemporary Art auction at Christie’s. Not only was it the first time I’ve sold a painting – it was also my first auction, so I picked a doozy to attend. The proceeds on… Keep Reading »

Julie Anne Rhodes for The Face Magazine

I Don’t Get Out of Bed for Less Than…

Just in case you missed this lighthearted post a few years ago, I thought I’d rerun it today, so I can get back to enjoying a little mother-daughter shopping in the city. Promise to update you on all the fun next week. Until then, why… Keep Reading »


City Lights, Auctions, & A Mother-Daughter Trip

As we grow closer to the Christie’s auction I decided I couldn’t bear to let the Warhol Heart go without actually being there to watch it go under the gavel. I feel like I’m saying goodbye to an old friend again, and it just felt wrong not… Keep Reading »

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Friday Food Tip: The Basics of Soup

We finally have a spell of chilly weather here in Los Angeles (well we had one for two minutes), so the soup’s on!  This classic comfort food is one of my favorite types of food to make, and its ‘s much easier than you may… Keep Reading »