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Healthy recipes and cooking advice by CalMWM Executive Chef (Shadow Chef) Jeff Huff. For our patients.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 11:43

Berry Vinaigrettes

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Berries, Vinaigrettes and More

Don’t you just love it when you find something so simple and is really tasty? Today I'm offering 3 very tasty and very easy recipes to try. Even if you've never really thought about making an infused vinegar before it's well worth the effort. And when a co-worker sent me an article about homemade drinking vinegars, I was intrigued. Since I had extra raspberries in the freezer, I thought “why not?” Just three ingredients and a little patience is all it takes to make this tangy, sweet vinegar which is the base for two recipes I’m sharing with you today, Raspberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette and Raspberry Shrub (a refreshing cool,non-alcoholic summer drink).

Friday, 22 May 2015 15:00

A Celebration of Asparagus

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A Celebration of Asparagus

Side dishes are like the wingmen for the main dish. They are a crucial part of the meal and putting in the extra effort makes quite a bit of difference in upping your dinner party game. Having to put together appetizers on top of the main meal may seem like too much work to waste your time on, but I have here some simple asparagus dish ideas that you can throw together in a flash. Asparagus has a rather short season and it is still available for bargain pricing. So get it while you can and play around with some of these flavorful combinations that are quick and so easy to do.

Thursday, 21 May 2015 17:04

Raspberry-Pineapple Tea Brined Chicken

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Raspberry-Pineapple Tea Brined and Grilled Chicken

You probably know that a good brine can keep meat flavorful and moist. But why exactly does brining work to make grilled or roasted meats so succulent and tender? And how about the classic sweet tea brine so popular in the Deep South. This seems to be especially popular for chicken—Southern-style fried chicken in particular and grilled chicken. But it’s a good brine for most meats....    It is the perfect way to infuse both moisture and flavor into lean cuts of meat, such as pork, poultry and fish. This traditional sweet beverage of the South is perfect for brining. Basically, all you have to do is add salt and pepper when done cooking.

Friday, 01 May 2015 16:32

Common Mistakes when Cooking Mussels

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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking Mussels

Quick—name a dish that’s inexpensive, quick-cooking, fancy enough for a party, but easy enough to make on a weeknight. If you said mussels, we’re on the same wavelength. These tasty bivalves are a favorite around these parts, and with good reason. Whether you simmer your way to mussel nirvana on the regular or have never cooked them at home before, it’s time for a refresher course. Avoid these common mistakes, and you’ll make a pot of mussels so good, they’ll rival your city’s best French bistro.

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Get Your Kitchen Tools From the Hardware Store

10 Kitchen Tools to Buy at The Hardware Store
Being a chef I am often times in a situation where I must think outside of the box. Sure, it may be something like how I'd present a deconstructed won ton or some such thing. Generally though, especially while catering I'll find that I've left home without some kind of tool or have to improvise on the spot. So, occasionally I'll have to think on my feet and find a unique solution quickly. So then it occurred to me recently that just because I'm a cooking geek that many of you may not have that twisted gene in you and what excites me at cooking equipment stores may not exactly resonate with everyone. At the same time so many kitchen tools/gadgets are actually available at your local hardware store. So today, let's explore some possibilities that may fit the bill- tools that are actually really good and useful at bargain prices. Don't look for food celebrity endorsements here, just useful stuff that we all need at prices we can all afford.

Thursday, 30 April 2015 16:34

Celery, Who Knew?

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Celery: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts
Celery is such a commonplace vegetable but a major culinary contributor to sauces, soups, stews, salads and snacks. But what, if any, goodness besides the crunch does it have to offer? I've served it in all the above and even served it as a side vegetable from time to time. But does this every day veggie have more that meets the eye going for it?
I recently ran across this article that is well worth the reading. Not only does celery have culinary benefits going for it, but a lot much more. Please, give this a read:
(Hint: if you're interested in just some practical highlights, just skip to the end)

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 15:55

Making a Better Stir-Fry

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How to Make a Better Stir-Fry
A properly prepared stir-fry is a glorious dish — with the quintessential balance of flavor, texture, and seared aroma. It’s a quick, healthful, and delicious way to eat more vegetables and less meat while using minimal fat. Here are a few essential tips to ensure the ultimate stir-fry.

Monday, 23 March 2015 12:21

Holiday Brunch Ideas

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A Holiday Brunch Idea

Easter and Mother's Day are just around the corner and I'm starting to think about what's for brunch, something familiar but with a twist. A favorite of mine is

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.

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