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The Start of Something Great


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 to help.


Succeed with Your New Year’s Resolutions!


weight-healthSuccess For Your New Year’s Resolution!

The #1 New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight.  People go on all different types of diets, (whatever is in vogue for this year).  This generally lasts approximately 6 weeks long and that’s it!  In order to succeed with one’s ability to reach their “Ideal Weight”;  (When you use the word “to lose”, it has a negative connotation, the opposite of lose is “gain”)   it needs to be a lifestyle, a way of eating for the rest of your life that you can live with.  Many people view dieting as a short term experience. It’s not going to work if you are depriving yourself and eating so little that you’re constantly hungry.  You may lose a few pounds but as soon as you begin eating as you did in the past, then the weight comes on with a vengeance.  If you are not enjoying your food or being satisfied at each meal it will not be a successful plan.  I help my clients feel confident that they are eating the right food all the time.

A few helpful tips I give my clients:

  • Keep a food diary (this will show you what you are eating and make you aware of what you do)  Read “The Power of Habits” by Charles Duhigg
  • Get rid of everything in packages or boxes (almost all the packaged goods are either high in sugar or have a high glycemic index, eating these things will make you crave more)
  • Try a new recipe (see “ZonePerfect Cooking Made Easy”, by Gloria Bakst) for easy delicious recipes
  • Eat a palm size amount of protein with every meal  (for your brain)
  • Eat as much fresh fruit (low glycemic) and vegetables as possible (for vitality and energy)
  • Get a nutritional coach, this will help you stay on track and give you encouragement
  • Use healthy fats, such as olive oil, avocado, nuts, they are good for you and will keep you feeling satiated
  • Hire a nutritionally knowledgeable personal chef to cook healthy delicious meals for you.
  • Feel confident that you are eating the right food all of the time.
  • Exercise, make sure your moving your body aerobically and with weights 3-5 times a week
  • Ask yourself before you eat, are you hungry, bored, stressed, unhappy.  See if taking a walk or being with friends will satisfy your hunger desires.

It is easier to reach your ideal weight if you are enjoying your food, make food your friend, not your enemy

Reach your goals in a healthy, balanced way and keep off the weight! 

For 3 free recipes go to ChefGloriaB and I will email them to you.

If you need help call 781-598-9313


Benefits of Grocery Tour and Cooking Class


What is a grocery tour I’m asked? The grocery tours I give are very detail oriented, they are 90 minutes. I spend at least 45 minutes in the produce section. Many people do not realize all the vegetables and fruits they are overlooking due to FEAR of the Unknown! Understanding when a fruit is ripe, how a vegetable looks that has been sitting around for a week in the store or on the truck, and what to do with the produce is part of the educational process, but that isn’t all. Knowing how long to cook your produce, when it should be cooked after purchasing? Are you able to distinguish the ripeness of a fruit? Do you know how to pick an avocado, when to use it, how to store it so it won’t turn black? The rest of the 45 minutes are in the other parts of the store. learning how to read those food labels, how to tell if fish is fresh, which cuts of meat are the leanest, which are tough? Understanding all the different herbs and which are appropriate for different dishes? Mastery of the different kinds of oils and fats that are offered, which are healthy and which are not. Gain new knowledge about how to shop and save money. Which stores have the best deals. These are some of the benefits of a grocery tour. It will leave you with confidence in shopping, you will shop much more expediently and save money in the process.

Combining a grocery tour with a three hour cooking class will you give the best of both worlds. You will be able to pick out the finest fruits, vegetables, fish and meats and return home and prepare at least 4 complete meals that will leave you read for the week. We can be spontaneous in picking out our selection based upon what looks the freshest, what you want to try, and price. The cooking classes come complete with recipes, tips, and lots of cooking techniques.

The combination is wonderful for those who are newly married or those who want to do something fun together, or with another couple. It is very productive for those with newly diagnosed conditions that need special dietary considerations such as Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, celiac, or other food sensitivity.

Please visit for more information on how to get started today. Mention this blog and receive $25.00 off the combination of grocery tour and cooking class.

Grocery Tours


Find out where the healthy, fast foods have been hiding all this time.

Gloria will take you on a personal guided tour of the grocery store. During your customized guided tour,

Gloria will help you discover:

  • Selecting the best produce & learning about unfamiliar produce
  • Quick and easy recipes for all kinds of produce
  • Easy recipes for healthy meals
  • Understanding all the spices and their use
  • Tasting of unfamiliar products
  • Learning about dairy substitutes
  • Low fat dairy products
  • Snacks and desserts that taste good and are healthy
  • Whole grain foods
  • How to choose lean meat, and how to pick fresh fish
  • How to read food labels and make product comparisons