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 new reicpes

Jewels dreaming up new reicpes

The challenge has been in learning how to plate and photograph that food, so it looks as good as it tastes, so food photography has also become a passion. I’m not always successful, but I do try!

Recipes developed by Jewels

Recipes developed by Jewels

Testing a new PCA recipe goes beyond whipping up something tasty, it has to store well (either in the refrigerator or freezer), then heat to eat maintaining it’s original boldness of flavor. After all, recipes are the building blocks and success of everything the Personal Chef Approach has to offer, and we want our members to trust they can rely on every recipe.

Now, you do have to put some elbow grease into the Personal Chef Approach process. A fridge full of meals doesn’t just magically appear – it does require setting a few hours aside to make those delicious meals in advance (I always recommend putting your cook date on the calendar the same way you would any other commitment), but the benefits far outweigh the effort. Please watch the video above to see why, and the one below to see how it works.

Apart from truly enjoying the recipe development process, I try to publish a new recipe every week, so members never tire of  building their own new custom menu plans , or enjoying the “no-brainer” approach with the weekly menu I plan every week. Here’s the very first recipe I ever developed for you to try (it did win best poultry burger in America in Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown). What’s been your favorite Personal Chef Approach recipe?

Jewels-Turkey-Jasmine-Burger

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!

Gift Certificates for every budget

Gift Certificates for every budget

PS. Don’t forget Personal Chef Approach Gift Certificates make a great gift for the cook in your life (or one that wants to learn). It’s the gift that may give back to you (if they invite you for dinner)!

 

 

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