Bacon Corn Chowder

Serves 4-8
You'll Need: 1 bag frozen sweet corn, 1/2 head cauliflower (florets only), 3 carrots (peeled and diced), 1 yam (peeled and diced), 1 russet potato (peeled and diced), 1 medium white onion (chopped), 1 cup cooked bacon (diced), 32 oz beef stock (or chicken or vegetable), 1/2 cup sherry wine, 1 Tbsp butter, salt, black pepper, 1 cup evaporated milk, 1/2 Tbsp potato starch
Garnish: Italian parsley (chopped), additional cooked bacon (diced)

Mini Savory Souffles


Serves 6

3 Year Old, Chef Izabella, helped me make these. If she can do it, so can you. Izabella's Tip, measure out all of your ingredients and arrange them in preparation bowls on a tray (mise en place).
You'll Need: 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, 1/3 cup almond meal, 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs, 4 strips turkey bacon, 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour, 1 cup low fat organic milk, pinch kosher salt, pinch freshly grated black pepper, pinch freshly grated nutmeg, 4 large eggs (separated), 3 large egg whites, 3/4 tsp cream of tartar, 2 Tbsp fresh Italian parsley (chopped), 1/2 cup colby jack cheese (grated), 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (grated), 2 Tbsp fresh chives (diced), 2 tsp capers

Apple Raspberry Tartlets

Chef Izabella (3 years old in these pics) loves to help me make tartlets. All things miniature are fun. These are yummy too! And super easy.

Makes 10
You'll Need: 15 oz store bought pie dough (2 pie crust rounds, thawed), all-purpose flour (for work surface), 3 gala apples, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, pinch freshly grated nutmeg, 1/2 cup raspberry jam, 2 Tbsp water (separated into 1 Tbsp increments), 1 egg, creme anglaise (optional, recipe follows)


Meat Loaf Mini's

3 Year Old, Chef Izabella, helped me make these.  She inspired some of the creative ingredients, like pecans, golden raisins and nutmeg. The flavors caramelize nicely together in the bottom of the mini muffin tins. They are delicious! Izabella's Cooking Tip: Tenderize your ground meat before mixing it in with the other ingredients, for a more tender, moist meatloaf.

Makes 4 Entrees
Or, makes 20 small sliced hors d'oeuvres
Mix Ingredients Together
Meatloaf, You'll Need: olive oil spray, 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs, 1/2 cup pecans chopped, 1/2 cup golden raisins, 3/4 cup parmesan cheese (freshly grated), 1 large egg (whisked), 1 medium red or yellow potato (peeled and cut into small cubes), 2 Tbsp unsalted butter (room temperature), 1/2 cup fresh chives (chopped), pinch nutmeg, pinch kosher salt, pinch black pepper, 1.25 lb ground chicken or ground turkey
Sauce, You'll Need: 1/4 cup spicy mustard (or plain yellow mustard), 1/4 cup sweet barbecue sauce
Garnish with 8 whole chives (use 2 whole chives per mini meat loaf)

Tomato Soup

Serves 6-8
You'll Need: 2 Tbsp olive oil, 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, 14 medium vine ripe tomatoes, large pot of water, 1 shallot diced, 2 organic carrots peeled and diced, 2 celery stalks diced, 2 cloves of garlic minced, 1 can organic diced Roma tomatoes (14.5 oz can), 4 cups organic stock (vegetable or chicken), 1 Tbsp tomato paste (I like cento brand), 1 Tbsp granulated sugar, 1 cup whole organic milk, pinch salt, pinch black pepper
Garnish: sour cream, basil leaves, crouton toast (recipe attached)

Sweet Potato Meatloaf

Serves 4
You'll Need: 1.25 pounds of lean ground beef (grass fed if possible), 1 medium sweet potato (peeled and finely diced; it's about 1 cup), 1 small shallot (finely diced), 1 clove garlic (finely diced), 1 cup panko bread crumbs, 1 cup whole milk, 1 large egg (beaten), Pinch of nutmeg (freshly grated), 1/2 tsp kosher salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/3 cup ketchup, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 2 Tbsp spicy mustard