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Vegan Pupusas for dinner tonight

Summer Squash Pupusas

Summer Squash Pupusas

I’m not the biggest fan of vegetarian food – even though I cook a lot of “veggie only” dishes. One thing I do like a lot is El Salvadorian food and preparations. Pupusas are some of my favorites when filled with meat, beans and cheese. Here is a recipe I came across that uses seasonal squash as the main filling. Give them a try.

Interesting recipe on vegan summer squash filled Pupusas 

Some restaurants have simply lost their collective tiny minds…

Exactly what I have always said about most wannabe restauranteurs having their head wedged “WAY up there”…

“And when we hear the words Donkey Sauce, which part of the donkey are we supposed to think about? ”

Restaurant Review: Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square

And Guy speaks in his defense…

My suggestion – get a smaller menu and maybe a smaller a head…

South Riding – Ladies night out (at home) Party of 7 with a Personal Chef

Tropical salad

Tropical salad – Light and Flavorful – No Dressing

A wonderful time last night in South Riding, Virginia – where the ladies took some time to celebrate a very special birthday. (I think it was her 20th!)

The setting was very nice and everyone came together to celebrate the day, have a few drinks and eat some good food.

Once again – the guests made everything great for me. I hope I was successful in returning the same good time.

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Sunday Brunch Catering in Reston VA

What goes into putting together a good Sunday Brunch for 15 women? Whatever your client requests. The biggest parts are preparation, timing and execution. Even though it is a lot of food, it can still be a light, fun day of cooking as long as you are prepared.

We shopped for groceries on Saturday. Our client also went shopping and bought additional appetizers and desserts. She’s always helpful in organizing the serving dishes and getting the kitchen ready for us before we arrive and for that we would like to say thank you.

We had 4 hours to pull this off and ended up creating 15 of our most popular dishes. The guests were arriving at 12 Noon and we were out the front door at 11:40.

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When you love your work too much…

Brie Stuffed Puff Pastry Pillows

Brie Stuffed Puff Pastry Pillows

Cooking for me is about a connectivity with the soul, usually mine.  I often times will see a dish and cook it a hundred times in my head, work out all the ingredients, oven temperature and process – all before I’ve ever bought a single ingredient.

I don’t really have any interest in cooking what I don’t want to cook. Life to me is too short to spend my time challenging myself with unknown quantities and cuisines, trying to impress a stranger with a flavor from a food I know nothing about. I only want to cook what I know intimately. The things I trust and understand and can prepare with my mental eyes closed. Cooking is about a harmony for me; a harmony which can be disrupted when I toil with dishes unfamiliar to me. Experimentation is for my kitchen, not your dinner table.

Taking a catering job just to take the job is a mistake. If the guest is requesting a cuisine that you don’t rehearse – then it is time to bow out and and refuse the work – or it will be much like watching someone read Shakespeare aloud for the first time. Confusing and without flow – or familiarity. These are events that sit like hot coal in my belly when I dream about them taking place in a guests home while cooking for them. They are the epitome of my nightmare scenario in the kitchen.

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New Menu Updates are here!!!

The new catering menu has been posted here on the site. We’re currently expanding our new salad, sandwich, veggie, seafood and Creole categories – so they look a little light at the moment. We’ve also added Oyster shucking and raw bar catering to the menu. We’ve wanted to add it for a while! Be sure to give us a call for the best raw bar event around. We’ve been opening clams and oysters and steaming fresh seafood and lobsters since we were knee-high to a grasshopper. Check back soon for new items as they are added. As many of you know – these are just ideas for different items. We can always customize any dish for your special tastes!