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Monday, 16 March 2015 13:25

Breakfast for Dinner

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When our kids were little we'd occasionally have what we called 'weird food night' which would typically be interpreted as having breakfast for dinner (by popular request). Now they have grown up and moved on my wife and I like to re-visit that comfy practice. When the kids were small, a dinner breakfast would more often then not, include scrambled eggs and such. Now that it's just the two of us we'll still have eggs for dinner but now we enjoy a more 'grown up' version. Below is one such recipe that we enjoy. It's quick, easy and can easily be prepared in advance for  those nights when time is short and when comfort food is called for. If making this in advance simply follow the recipe, refrigerate covered with clear wrap but leave the egg out. Then when you are ready for dinner just remove the prepared cups from the fridge to take the chill off while pre-heating the oven. Crack an egg into each prepared cup and bake! Easy, quick and delicious. The added bonus is only having a cup and a fork to wash when done!

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 10:39

Thinking Outside of the Salad

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Thinking Outside of the Salad

So often I come across people who are trying to improve their diets and vegetables are a stumbling block. Thinking about it some more, so many of us were raised with being served canned vegetables. It was a generational thing. That was state of the art at the time. Canned vegetables lasted well, forever, in a can. But do you remember trying to choke down canned spinach? Not so good memories. It took me a really long time to even try fresh vegetables after that era. But, now, with that all behind us and the incredible efforts of the food industry to bring really good food to the table, it's high time to give veggies another chance.

To make this leap oh so much easier, let's just consider a few simple examples of how we may approach this for the timid vegetable eater in us all.

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 10:27

Make Bargain Bin Foods Taste Great!

chef jeff blogMake Bargain Bin Foods Taste Great!

If you’re living on a tight budget, you’re probably well acquainted with the bargain bin at the grocery store. You’re constantly on the lookout for the cheapest foods possible, even if that means they’re boring, bland or a bit past their prime. Here are six ways to make that cheap food a little more appetizing without resorting to buckets of salt.

Saturday, 21 February 2015 10:06

Must Have Gadgets

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Would you like to set your kitchen up with professional chef caliber gear without spending and arm and a leg?
Imagine going into a restaurant supply store like Smart and Final, Restaurant Depot, Sur le Table or whatever store you like to frequent and going down the isles and wondering, what would the pros use on a budget? What gadgets can I afford to do all of those things seen on the myriad of cooking shows but on MY budget?
Stay are some ideas that won't cost you those precious appendages.

I am reminded that when I was much younger and just starting out in the business of learning the ropes of what it was going to entail being a chef, what the tools of the trade would require. I remember one particular day when we newbies were going through the first instructions of butchery. I should explain that this part of the education was more breaking down large cuts of meat (like hind quarters of beef, sides of lamb or pork, etc.), not really the messy stuff from the farm, but still learning deft knife skills. These skills are still necessary in the household kitchen when breaking down whole chickens, fish or larger cuts of meat. Anyway, we student chefs-to-be were mesmerized by our chef instructor's skill with the knife and to our satisfy our curiosity, we asked what knife or knives he relied on, being the master of the trade that we witnessed unfolding in front of our very eyes. We all expected to hear that he was using the best of the best, the most expensive German forged knives known to man. To our amazement he thoughtfully gazed at the blade in hand and said, "hmm, I got this one at Safeway three or four years ago for about $15 dollars. I guess it was well worth it, no?"

Thursday, 05 February 2015 20:39

More Tips for the Kitchen

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Sometimes when I'm invited over to someones home for dinner I see things that make me, as a chef, cringe when I see the host(ess) struggling with dinner preparation doing little things that can be done so much easier and safer. I've learned to hold my tongue as I watch someone torturing an avocado or making peeling garlic way too much of a fuss. To each their own...and that's really, very OK. But, I thought I'd take a moment to step back, think about a few more tips that I've learned along the way to help make food preparation just a little easier, a little safer and make food preparation just a little more fun.

So today I'd like to offer just a few little tid bits that may make your meal preparation just that much more enjoyable. I've covered so many tips that are available on our website: that I'd encourage you to check out. Today, I'll offer more to the list. If you'd like, in an upcoming blog I just might offer a consolidated, complete list of tips for the kitchen. I'll be looking for your feedback and go from there.

Thursday, 29 January 2015 16:47

Poach a Dozen at a Time

Poaching a Dozen Eggs at a Timechef jeff blog

It’s just about time for Super Bowl Sunday and you plan to make brunch for the whole family plus a few close friends and someone said that poached eggs on the menu sounded great. Great. So how can you poach enough eggs for the gang and not miss any quality TV time?

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 11:37

Grow Your Own!

Did You Know You Can Grow Healthy Foods Right Inside Your Home?

You don't need a home with lots of land to grow your own fruit and veggies. You can get quite the variety going on an apartment balcony with a couple of smaller plants inside (like peppers and strawberries, cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs).

If you’re like most people, you probably stand in the produce aisle of your grocery store once in awhile and wonder why on earth everything seems to be so expensive! The good news is that you can grow a variety of foods right in the comfort of your own home whether it’s raining, snowing, or the sun is glowing outside! You don’t need to turn your living room into a greenhouse in order to enjoy your own homegrown food. You may not have the space to grow all of your food, I know, but you can supplement your grocery bills with home grown herbs, peppers and such. All You Need to Grow Your Own Produce is…

Sunday, 11 January 2015 16:04

Eat Real Food


Every year right about this time there seems to be a plethora of articles out on the latest celebrity diets. I know, I know…we just got through the holidays with all of the tempting celebratory meals and now the major football contests to see who goes to what bowl which means there is continuing temptations to slip away from our good intentions for dining right and here comes Monday night football.

Sunday, 28 December 2014 18:05

Mindlessly Snacking and Burning Calories

We all work so hard to keep fit and on track with weight management efforts. How quickly we can undermine all that work though with mindless snacking. What do I mean by 'mindless snacking'?

Monday, 24 November 2014 13:56

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving Dinner

61st Blog November 24, 2014
Chef Jeff Huff

Final Tips for the Big Turkey Day
It's time to get ready for the big family dinner celebration. Are you ready? What sort of things should you be thinking about before you start your dinner preparation? Today I plan to cover some of the most important considerations while you prepare your Thanksgiving dinner.

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