My longtime Wheaton clients that I’ve worked as a personal chef for for several years had some special requests this week. Their grown children were visiting, along with their cute grandchildren, and they wanted the fridge stocked full of comfort foods so they could relax and enjoy on the evenings when they didn’t feel like eating out.

Oven Baked BBQ Ribs, Duck Fat Roasted Baby Potatoes, Corn off the Cob with Browned Butter, Chicken Milanese, Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Baked Cheesy Pasta with Beef, Brownies with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. I also left some blueberry lemon muffins and some homemade granola just for fun.

One of the highlights of my 16 year career is when I get to help people with special dietary needs with their meals. As a personal chef, I have many clients who are seniors and no longer wish to cook for themselves, as well as people who are unable to prepare their own meals. Helping them to eat healthy, convenient home cooked meals is a passion of mine. This week, I cooked for one of my seniors who needed a personal chef to help her eat regular meals, as well as enjoy them. She had recently lost her appetite and interest in food. I was happy to make her some of her old favorites, such as Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Pot Pie and Stir Fried Asian Chicken with Snow Peas.

 

 

 

It always makes my day when I get a nice text from a new client telling me that they loved the food! My new clients in Woodridge seem happy with their meals! The kids ate everything too, I hear! I leave separate containers, keeping in mind that some are picky eaters. (For example, spaghetti and meatballs is in 3 containers. One spaghetti, one sauce, and one meatballs! That way everyone is happy. The ones who only like the noodles, the ones who only like the meatballs, etc!) I aim to please! I always to to make life easier the busy people who hire me as their personal chef! 

One of my Naperville families that I work as a personal chef for, love lots of meats and vegetables. The kids like rice and potatoes, the parents are more carb-conscious. On this week’s menu was:

Burmese Braised Chicken in Coconut Milk and Vegetables
Short Grain Brown Rice

Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Parmesan Parsnip Fries
Crisped Kale

Pan Grilled Mediterranean Lamb Chops
Ghee Roasted Spiced Root Vegetables

Salad with Fig Vinaigrette

 

My very busy family that I have worked as a personal chef in Elmhurst for for 10 years, had guests arriving, so I made extra large dishes of everything so they could feed the whole brood! On the menu was Barramundi with Citrus Bagna Cauda (I adapted that recipe from a Giada DeLaurentiis recipe from years ago. She used tilapia, but I like Whole Foods Barramundi instead.) Skinny Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Thai Red Curry Beef with Green Beans (I adapted that from the Whole30 cookbook. I use sliced filet mignon, which makes it so tender and luxurious!) Also on the menu for the kids (one is a vegetarian) is a Mark Bittman recipe for Black Bean Sliders. For dessert I made tons of Raspberry Shortbread Bars. 

One of my clients recently started the Shape ReClaimed diet, under medical supervision. I am cooking healthy well balanced meals, several portions of each, all with lean meat and lots of vegetables! On this week’s menu was Steak Fajitas, Chicken “Parmesan”, and the Shape ReClaimed Linda’s Chili.  I make 8 portions for her, and 8 for her sister! They have lots of great food stocked up in the refrigerator, which is making their new eating plan very easy to stick with! 

 

 

 

My family that I do in-home cooking for in Elmhurst like to practice healthy eating, but occasionally they like a splurge just for the fun of it. I made lots of healthy food for this week, including Cod Veracruz, Basque Style Chicken Breasts, Paleo Pot Roast, and lots of interesting roasted vegetables. They asked for one decadent dessert, so I made individual flourless molten chocolate cakes. 

 

 

One of my newest clients that I am working as a personal chef in Bloomingdale for, is undergoing chemotherapy and has a very limited appetite. About the only thing that sounds good to her lately is soup. Soup and potatoes. So this week, I stocked her up with Venetian Chicken Soup, Tortilla Soup, Zuppa Toscana, and White Bean Kale Chicken Chili. I also made twice baked potatoes, potatoes dauphinois, and mashed potatoes. I also roasted some chicken breasts and left some shredded chicken for her to pick on when the mood strikes. Having a personal chef will make her life easier during this difficult time.

 

I recently got a call from a man looking for a personal chef in Oakbrook. He is a single guy, works a lot, loves good food, and eating out all of the time is taking it’s toll. He is having me cook weekly for him, mostly Keto and Paleo to help with his weight loss and health goals. Pictured is Pan Grilled Skirt Steak with Bacon Chimichurri.

 

Today I cooked as a personal chef in Naperville for a large family with eclectic tastes! Included in the menu today was: 

Peruvian Chicken Breasts with Aji

Pan Grilled Hanger Steaks with Spicy Bourbon Glaze, Skinny Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Buffalo Pork Chops

Crudites with White Bean Tahini Dip

Date Fig Almond Coconut Balls

 

I also made some after school snacks for the kids! They liked the Chorizo Nachos with Queso and Jalapenos.