Categotry Archives: Dinner Parties

The Start of Something Great

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I was talking to a friend of mine about how much I enjoy the Farmer’s Market in the summer.  He saw my eyes light up and the passion I had.  He said this should be your next blog!!  I am a personal chef and I love my job.  It all starts with having the right ingredients.  I go to the Marblehead Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings and the Swampscott Farmer’s Market on Sunday mornings.  Why both?  Each market has different farmer’s who specialize in different things.  For instance, at the Marblehead market there is a farm stand that specializes in Asian produce, I can get beautiful diakon radish, baby bok choy and pea pod tendrils.  At the Sunday market I like getting my corn to eat that night and there is also an organic farmer with the biggest and brightest Swiss Chard and garlic.  It’s so much fun to meet the different farmers and talk to them about their crops and what might be great this week.  I always introduce myself to the farmer’s and tell them I’m a personal chef and much of the produce I am buying will be used in their dishes for the coming week.  It’s that extra step of being closer to the source of what I’m making that I enjoy.

What to do with the produce?  Here is a recipe that I love from the fresh vegetables in the Farmer’s Market

Farmstand Gazpacho
2 cups diced (1/4 inch) pickling cucumber
2 cups diced (1/4 inch) red bell pepper
2 cups diced (1/4 inch) ripe tomato
1/2 cup diced (1/4 inch) red onion
2 cups V-8 juice
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 dashes hot sauce

1. Place all of the diced vegetables in a large bowl. Add the tomato juice, vinegar, oil, and hot sauce. Season with salt and pepper and toss.

2. Transfer half of the mixture to a blender or food processor and pulse the machine on and off to coarsely puree the contents. Return the pureed mixture to the bowl and stir to combine. Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours before serving.   Can be topped with slices of avocado.  Gazpacho soupYou can easily double this recipe for a large party.

If you want to know what to do with your fresh produce or don’t have time to shop at the Farmer’s Market, contact Gloria@ChefGloriaB.com to help.  www.ChefGloriaB.com

 

Looking for a Great Party Idea in the Greater Boston Area?

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On Saturday night I did a Surprise Birthday Cooking Class for the birthday boy(man) and 15 of his closest friends. It was a blast! We prepared five different dishes and everyone had enough food for a complete meal. The birthday man’s wife and I spent an hour a couple of weeks before the party going over the foods he likes and what they would like to learn how to make. She wanted to surprise him! We planned everything out and I shopped for all the ingredients and brought everything to the party including a special birthday chef’s hat and apron I created and gave him as a gift. Everyone got involved in someway, either cutting, serving, cooking or just observing. The cooking party took three hours and after I left they were still having a good time. What a fun way to spend your birthday: with people you love, eating delicious food, drinking good wine, and learning a few new recipes and techniques. To find out how to have a cooking class party in your home call Gloria – 781-598-9313 or visit my website at http://www.chefgloriab.com or email me at Gloria@mybnl.com.

Cooking Classes & Dinner Parties

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Cooking Classes & Dinner PartiesCooking Parties are a great way to get together with friends and cook together while learning more about cooking healthy, delicious meals. Here are photos from a recent cooking party.

Cooking Party Pricing: Three hour cooking class: $300.00 up to 15 people plus the cost of food.

Private cooking classes to fulfill any special dietary need. Learn how you can eat delicious food that is quick and easy to prepare for any special dietary needs or healthy lifestyle.

  • Reduce the need for medication
  • Lose weight
  • Increase energy
  • Eliminate cravings
  • Control blood sugar

Include 3 hours of cooking instruction with tips to help make meal preparation simple and easy especially for those with busy lifestyles. You will finish with enough food for 5 days