Ten Commandments of Healthy Holiday Eating

“Indulgence vs. gluttony does not = deprivation” – the Jewels theory.
Navigating the holidays without gaining weight is difficult, but doable when you know how to make healthy eating choices. Contrary to popular belief, Thanksgiving does not mean you have to stuff your face full of absurd amounts of fat,… 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 »

A Thanksgiving Plan of Action

The secret to the personal chef approach is organization. Dreaming up a feast can be so much fun, but planning, shopping, and doing some of the cooking in advance will help things run smoothly, stress free, and allow you to enjoy your own party, too!… Keep Reading »

Spinach, Pepper & Feta Stuffed Turkey Breast

I like to eat turkey year round, but usually only have a crowd big enough to warrant a whole turkey on Thanksgiving (and even then I often prefer a more intimate crowd). This Spinach, Roast Pepper & Feta Stuffed Turkey Breast is a perfect option… Keep Reading »

Turkey Tenders Dijonnaise

I love turkey this time of year, but don’t want to roast a whole one until Thanksgiving, so this is a great way to incorporate it into your every night dinners or as an inexpensive dinner party entrée.
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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 »

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 »

How To Avoid OVER Indulging On The Holidays

Thanksgiving signals the beginning of family get-togethers and holiday parties, and along with it a lot mindless grazing and stress eating that can pack on the pounds.  Statistics suggest that the average person gains between 2-5 lbs. over the holiday period. I know when I… Keep Reading »

Easy Pumpkin-Pear Soup

A PCA member specifically requested this soup for before Halloween, but it’s perfect for any of the holidays this season, too. Presentation is really fun in a small, scooped out pumpkin. You can even serve with the lid on to keep the heat in, and let… Keep Reading »

Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts & Pancetta Hash

I may be biased, but I think this is one of the yummiest side dish recipes I’ve ever written. So much so, I have been known to eat an entire batch on my own as my meal. YUM!
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Orange Scented Candied Sweet Potatoes

It is just not the holidays without these yummy candied yams oozing in melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. They just go hand in hand with roast turkey in my household. For extra decadence, sprinkle marshmallows over the top and brown under the broiler for… Keep Reading »

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

I always have a hard time deciding between the pumpkin pie and pecan pie, so I came up with this pumpkin pie ice cream recipe to go with my pecan pie. The best of both worlds. A small scoop will still afford me the tasting… Keep Reading »

Old Fashioned Apple Crumble

One whiff of warm cinnamon apple crumble baking in the oven seems to make the entire house smell cozy! Adding old fashioned oatmeal to the crumb topping adds an extra dimension of texture and crunch to just the right amount of tartness with a hint… Keep Reading »