6 Steps to Become a Better Home Cook

October 10, 2018

If you want to become a better cook, you have to learn how to work outside of recipes. You have to learn techniques that will transform your dishes from good to great. These techniques are the basics, the foundation of cooking. You don’t have to learn the 5 French sauces or complex French techniques. But […]

What it’s like being a Personal Chef in Sonoma

July 28, 2017

On July 1st this year, I fulfilled a 3 year long dream of moving to the beautiful town of Sonoma. Prior to this, if you’d have told me I’d be living in the country, I would have laughed. Hard. But becoming a personal chef in Sonoma is something I’d never thought would happen. I grew […]

SEO Tips for Personal Chefs to Use Today

March 7, 2017

It’s called search engine optimization, and it’s an incredible tool for small business owners. It’s the marketing I focus on the most when building any new service, and it’s what’s given my business wings. It’s also why every personal chef should put some effort into it. The return on investment is tenfold what you put […]

Instant Pot Beginner Tips

February 16, 2017

Wondering how to use your instant pot? If you’ve hopped on the Instant Pot train and still have it collecting dust in your pantry, you are not alone. Yes, there is a learning curve. But once you start learning how to use Instant Pot, you’ll never look back. If you’re still not sure what an […]

How to Make Sauces as a Home Cook

March 4, 2016

Confused as to how to make sauces? They’re the perfect accessory to your meals and you don’t have to be a French chef to know how to make sauces. Without going deep into culinary lingo, let’s start by breaking down the categories of sauces you can use as a home cook. Tomato Based Sauces I […]

How to Flavor Foods: Mexican Flavors

February 5, 2016

Who doesn’t LOVE Mexican flavors? Ever since I moved to California, I have been OBSESSED with the bold, spicy, and satisfying flavors. There’s not one week that goes by that I don’t make some sort of taco something. It’s DELICIOUS, easy and healthy. I won’t go into more complex Mexican (moles, salsas, etc), because the […]

How to Flavor Foods: Asian Pantry

January 22, 2016

If you want to learn how to cook without recipes, or need weeknight dinner inspiration where dinner comes together in minutes, you must have a stocked pantry. You must also understand how to flavor foods. In our global culture, we SO lucky to be able to borrow flavors from all over the world. In this […]

Have a New Years Cooking Resolution? Start here.

January 6, 2016

It’s the first week of January, and your New Years cooking resolution is to make more food from scratch. You’ll want to make it as easy for yourself to continue with your goal. This means staying inspired, but also doing whatever it takes to facilitate the cooking process. Here are my best tips on how […]

Black Bean Tacos with Chipotle Sauce + Cabbage Slaw

December 5, 2015

Black Bean Tacos are a perfect weeknight staple. They’re easy to put together, inexpensive, satisfying and healthy. In this recipe, you can use the cabbage slaw and the chipotle sauce on any taco for added texture and flavor.  And these quick pickled jalapenos are a great addition, too. One of my biggest pet peeves are […]

How to Make Winter Soups

December 3, 2015

Making soup is easy.  Learning how to make winter soups is tricky. With these tips, you’ll learn how to make winters soups that are warming, hearty and satisfying. First, lets start with the components of a soup. 1. Aromatic base: Onions, carrot, celery, leeks, garlic, shallots (2-3 cups) 2. Broth: Chicken, Vegetable or Beef (approximately […]