Setting Trends with Roasted Vegetables

By Elizabeth Fechter The first time I remember having roasted vegetables was four years ago. I was meeting a few family members at our now favorite pizzeria, and upon arrival a big plate of roasted butternut squash and brussels sprouts were on the table. I wasn’t hesitant, because I generally like all types of food. However, […]

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A New Year Through Food

By Elizabeth Fechter New Year’s resolutions come in many different forms. Whether your goal is to start fresh by finding a healthy balance in life, or to release more endorphins through weekly visits to the gym, the new year is a great time to aim for a positive change. Whatever your objective may be, eating a wholesome […]

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Red White and Blue Recipe Round Up

Leslie Miller of Blythe’s Blog has plenty of red, white, and blue spirited recipes for your 4th of July celebration! Red White and Blue Potato Salad I catered an event for 100 people. I was asked to make potato salad. Making potato salad makes me nervous! People are very particular about their potato salad and making it […]

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6 Recipes for Delicious Summer Corn

When I think of summer, I think of corn. There is nothing like sweet white corn on the cob. It may be because I grew up in northern Indiana, which produces more than 20% of the United States’ popcorn supply. Did you know? -An ear or cob of corn is actually part of the flower and […]

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The Perfect Loaded Grilled Cheese

A very, very flavorful grilled cheese sandwich loaded with bacon, avocado, grilled onions, and Colby Jack cheese on sourdough bread. It’s National Grilled Cheese Month and out of all the specific food special days, this is one we can really get behind. While I don’t believe there is such a thing as a bad grilled […]

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Easy Easter Dessert – Strawberry Brioche Bread Pudding

Easy to make, one hour Strawberry Brioche Bread Pudding dessert. If you’re reading this, your home is very likely the gathering place for all your family’s holiday activities. And although cooking for Easter is more relaxed than, say Thanksgiving, there’s still the happy responsibility of cooking (and cleaning) for all your visitors. You can always make […]

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Shredded Pork Loaded Nachos

Pork shoulder made the perfect topping for loaded nachos. This versatile Mexican “carnitas” inspired recipe for shredded pork uses locks in the flavors of blood orange, cinnamon and cumin using chicken stock instead of the traditional lard. The result is shredded pork perfect for any dish that calls for tangy, tender and juicy. If you […]

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Grilled Pork Chops and Sweet Potato Salad

For quick, weekday meals after a long workday, I frequently opt for any easy recipe using the grill pan. After cooking all day for others, it’s often a challenge to match the level of the meals that I spend all day preparing for clients. Here, I prepared grilled boneless pork chops and sweet potato salad […]

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Make a Smart Pantry Recipe with Spiralized Zucchini Noodles and Pasta

Chef Jim’s pantry recipe is a pasta dish for two using common on-hand ingredients. During the week, I avoid making unnecessary trips to the grocery store by preparing a meal using ingredients I already have, also known as a pantry recipe. I enjoy the challenge of combining bits to create a satisfying meal of leftover ingredients […]

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Chef Jim’s Heavy Appetizers Party Plan

Planning  a Labor Day party? Try Chef Jim’s appetizer menu shortcuts, & cooking timeline. As a personal chef I also provide in-home catering for some of my clients.  Here’s a menu that I created for a client’s summer party. The number of items may sound daunting but you can easily recreate this or any similar […]