Who’s Been in my Kitchen: Lajollacooks4u Welcomes the Ladies from SIPES

Earlier this month, we welcomed the lovely ladies from the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES).  They were traveling all the way from Oklahoma and Texas for a convention and thought they’d pay Lajollacooks4u a visit! Our four guests dined on an elegant lunch on the terrace, and enjoyed preparing the summer menu that… Continue reading Who’s Been in my Kitchen: Lajollacooks4u Welcomes the Ladies from SIPES

European Food Tour 2016 — Next Stop: Italy!

Chef Jodi’s culinary adventure then took her to Sicily and the charming town of Taormina, where she experienced a Sicilian cooking class with Massimo Tomarchio, a self-taught chef who was passionate about showcasing Sicily’s colorful foods. Each of his classes starts with a guided market tour, followed by a hands-on cooking class preparing an authentic Sicilian meal. Together,… Continue reading European Food Tour 2016 — Next Stop: Italy!

European Food Tour 2016 — First Stop: France!

Chef Jodi has finally returned from her four-week culinary adventure from around the world, and she can’t wait to share all the delicious recipes that she picked up along the way! Chef Jodi’s culinary adventure began in the Loire Valley, about an hour outside Paris, where she spent the day learning about food and wine… Continue reading European Food Tour 2016 — First Stop: France!

Dishing Up Recipes: Lemon Creme Brulee Tart with Fresh Raspberries

This fresh dessert is perfect for those long summer nights.  Absolutely scrumptious! What You’ll Need: Crust 1 cup unbleached flour ¼ cup powdered sugar 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes 4 teaspoons whipping cream Pinch of salt Lemon Filling ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar ¾ cup whipping cream 4 large egg… Continue reading Dishing Up Recipes: Lemon Creme Brulee Tart with Fresh Raspberries

Dishing up Recipes: Grilled Corn Chowder

This is a wonderful summer soup enjoyed by many of Chef Jodi’s guests!  Grilling the vegetables brings out the rich flavors that really enhance this chowder. What You’ll Need: 3 ears of corn, shucked 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered 1 leek 1 medium yellow bell pepper 1 poblano pepper 1 medium red bell pepper… Continue reading Dishing up Recipes: Grilled Corn Chowder

Dishing Out Recipes: Orzo with Lemon, Feta and Cherry Tomatoes

Summer is here, and there’s no better way to beat the heat than with a wonderfully light summer salad! What You’ll Need: 1 box of orzo 1-2 T olive oil Juice of 1-2 lemons 1 cup chopped feta cheese 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half Salt & pepper to taste What to Do: In… Continue reading Dishing Out Recipes: Orzo with Lemon, Feta and Cherry Tomatoes

Grilling 101: Tips for your Summer BBQ!!

Summer is finally here, and there’s no better way to enjoy these warm summer evenings than out by the grill with your family and friends!  Here’s what you need to know to become the grill-master of your neighborhood: Get a Clean Start Prior to heating up the grill, use a long-handled wire brush to scrub… Continue reading Grilling 101: Tips for your Summer BBQ!!