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Goat Cheese Quiche Recipe

Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onion Quiche

Egg facesQuiche is our favorite!  It is versatile, can be eaten at any time of day, and is super easy to make.  This recipe comes from our very own Christina Hoffeld in Chicago.

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 store bought or scratch made crust
  • 6 eggs
  • 6-8 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1 onion, caramelized
  • 2T chopped fresh chives

Procedure

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  2. Place the pie shell into a deep-dish pie pan and crimp the edges with a fork.  Prick the bottom of the crust all over with the tines of a fork.  Cover the interior of the shell with parchment paper and add baking beads or dried beans to weigh the crust down. Bake for 15 minutes.  
  3. Meanwhile, combine eggs, cheese, cream caramelized onion and chives in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.  
  4. Remove the parchment paper and baking beads from the par baked crust.  Pour the quiche filling into the crust and bake for 40 minutes more, or until set in the center.
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Shakshuka Recipe

Shakshuka Recipe

EggsShakshuka is probably one of the best egg dishes known to man.  A Middle Eastern dish of tomatoes, peppers, spices and eggs, this dish can be enjoyed at any time of day and rivals even the best Mexican chilaquiles.  Feel free to experiment with your own spice blends to make it your own!  But whatever you do, be sure to have lots of bread ready to soak up all that tomato goodness!

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 diced spicy pepper such as jalapeno, serrano or thai chili, depending on preference (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • Pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • Pinch of coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • (1) 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 4 eggs, whole
  • Chopped parsley, about 1 handful
  • Crusty bread for serving

Procedure

  1. Prepare a grill or broiler on high heat.  Rub the bell peppers with olive oil and grill or broil until well charred on the outside skin.  Place in a heatproof bowl covered with plastic wrap and let sit for 20 minutes.  Remove the charred skin, remove the seeds and stems and discard, and dice the peppers.  Set aside.  
  2. In a 12-inch frying pan with a lid, heat a small amount of olive oil on high heat.  Add the diced onion and garlic and sauté until translucent, but not browned.  
  3. Add the chili, if using, and continue to sauté until soft.  Add the spices and stir until fragrant.  
  4. Add the tomatoes, reduce the heat to medium, and allow the mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes, or until a full, spicy aroma develops and the sauce thickens.  
  5. Carefully crack the eggs into the mixture and reduce the heat to low.  Cover the pan with the lid, and allow the eggs to steam in the mixture until cooked to your desired doneness- about 3 minutes for soft, 5 minutes for medium, or 7 minutes for hard cooked eggs.  
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately with lots of crusty bread for dipping.
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Chef Spotlight – Nate Lane

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Chef Nate Lane of Friend That Cooks

Chef Spotlight – Nate Lane

This month’s Chef Spotlight features one of our Kansas City chefs. Nate joined Friend That Cooks almost a year and a half ago and has really enjoyed working with the company. He started his education at Kansas State University with the goal of obtaining a degree in Dietetics. However, he soon realized he would rather work with food directly and transferred to Johnson County Community College for their renowned Culinary program. Shortly after, he obtained his Sous Chef Certification and began working for the Indian Hills Country Club. Since then, he has also worked as a Sous Chef at Garmin, and as a Storeroom Manager for the Art Institutes International of Kansas City.

New restaurants are always being added to his list of places to dine in order to keep an open palate and update his menu ideas. A few of his favorites include the Harvest at Renee Kelly’s, ABC Cafe, and El Salvadoreno. 

Nate enjoys supporting the KC Chiefs and Royals, playing frisbee golf, and spending time with friends and family. He looks forward to another year working with the FTC family. He lives in Lenexa with his wife and young daughter.

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Personal Chefs vs Meal Kit Delivery

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Top 5 reasons Friend That Cooks in-home meal prep service is better than meal kit delivery

The new meal kit companies use phrases like “meal prep” or “home chef” to try and fool busy families into believing they provide chef prepared meals. The truth is, their ingredients are packaged in large production facilities by under paid and overworked factory workers who have no culinary background at all. They are mass produced, impersonal, and leave all the real work to the customer. So ditch the “apron”, think outside the box, and read on about a better way to put healthy, delicious meals on the table.

Here are the Top 5 Reasons why using a personal chef for in-home weekly meal prep from Friend That Cooks is a better value than any of the meal kit delivery services:


convenienceReason #1 – Convenience

Friend That Cooks provides real “meal prep“. Meals are prepared by professional chefs. They are simply reheated, attaining their optimal state after reheating, with almost no work for the customer. We plan the menu, shop, cook, clean up and stock the fridge with food for the whole week.

Meal kit delivery services ship the ingredients with recipes and leave customers with no culinary expertise to do the cooking themselves. 30-minute preparations and 15 more minutes of clean up every night means you’ll invest hours every week to use a service that is supposed to be convenient.


better ingredientsReason #2 – Better Ingredients

Friend That Cooks chefs hand pick every single ingredient from your local grocery store, making sure you only get the best tomato in the pile, and can take advantage of local and/or organic ingredients. Every piece of meat or produce is the absolute best of what’s available or we don’t buy it.

Meal kit delivery services buy ingredients in bulk. They have to use every tomato in the pile to make money, meaning only one meal will get the best tomato, while everyone else settles for lesser ingredients, and you won’t find anything sourced locally.


more menu optionsReason #3 – More Menu Options

Friend That Cooks chefs have huge repertoires of ethnic and classic dishes they can make from scratch. By cooking from scratch, we can tailor all of our dishes to meet the specific tastes and dietary needs of every family individually. We take requests, invent new recipes, and tailor our service to your tastes. We make the foods that you want to eat without limiting you to a set menu.

Meal kit delivery services offer limited selections. You choose from a small list of dishes and any dietary need has to bend to their menu instead of the other way around. Vegetarian? Paleo? You’ll be lucky to have any choices.


professional chefsReason #4 – Professional Chefs

Friend That Cooks carefully recruits, screens and trains only the best cooks. We test their knowledge, cooking ability, and even do background checks. Our chef’s skills are well beyond not only home cooks, but most professional cooks too.

Meal kit delivery services use underpaid, overworked factory employees with no culinary experience to package your meals into boxes and mail them to you. You have to do the cooking yourself and the meal kit company has to make sure the recipes are fairly basic to suit the skill of a novice cook.


more for moneyReason #5 – Better Value For The Money

Friend That Cooks quality of service is well above that of the delivery services, yet the price can be similar or even less. For example, a family of four in Kansas City uses 4.5 hours of service ($166.50) and has a grocery bill of $100 per week (an average cost for clients in this market). This family would typically get 24-28 total meals yielding an average cost per meal of $9.50 to $11.10. Depending on the menu, our clients have seen meal prices as low as $7 per meal and even menu items with more expensive ingredients rarely average more than $15-20 per meal. With Friend That Cooks, you have complete control over the number of meals and the grocery budget every week.

Meal kit delivery services charge $9.95 and up for their meals. For moderate to premium ingredients, you’ll spend $15, $20 or even more than $30. And not only do you have to cook them yourself, but you won’t have the culinary training and experience to get the most out of those expensive ingredients.


About Friend That Cooks

Friend That Cooks Personal Chef Service offers in-home weekly meal prep for busy families and couples. We send a talented professional chef to the homes of our clients every week for a half day to shop, cook, clean up and stock their refrigerators with a week’s worth of healthy, prepared meals to reheat. We charge an affordable hourly rate plus the cost of groceries.

Click the button below to set up a free consultation with a Friend That Cooks chef about weekly meal prep in your home:

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Tasting dishes from personal chef candidates

Friend That Cooks is busy interviewing and tasting dishes from new personal chef candidates in Chicago, Kansas City and Denver lately. We’re growing quickly and always on the lookout for talented cooks with a culinary degree and several years experience in a scratch kitchen. We will soon have openings in St. Louis, Omaha and Des Moines.

Here are some of the dishes we’ve tasted lately from talented cooks hoping to become personal chefs with Friend That Cooks.

Friend That Cooks Personal Chef Service offers in-home weekly meal prep for busy families, couples and people with special diets. We send a talented professional chef to the homes of our clients for a half day every week to plan a menu, shop, cook, clean up and stock their refrigerator with a week’s worth of healthy, delicious, prepared meals to reheat.

Service available in Chicago, Milwaukee, Kansas City, St. Louis, Denver, Omaha, Des Moines and Wichita. Coming soon to Minneapolis, St. Paul and Indianapolis.

Tikka masala

Tikka Masala, curried cauliflower, potatoes and basmati rice

Vegetable ragout and polenta
Creamy polenta with vegetable ragout and a poached egg
Fried tofu and tumeric
Fried tofu and tumeric
Salmon with dill sauce
Salmon with dill sauce, potato pancakes, sauteed Swiss chard, pickled onion

If you or someone you know has a culinary degree and several years (post schooling) experience in a scratch kitchen cooking diverse ethnic cuisines, send them our way to see if they would be a good fit to become a Friend That Cooks personal chef. Our chefs enjoy weekday, daytime hours, earn higher than average pay, control their own schedules and get benefits. They get to cook their food and have the freedom to express their culinary vision. No other job in the world offers this type of culinary freedom.

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Meal prep made easy

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Roasted potato salad meal prep

Weekly Meal Prep In Your Home

Roasted red potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, yellow cherry tomato and roasted red peppers tossed with minced garlic in a red pepper vinaigrette. If you want meal prep made easy, this is it.

Friend That Cooks makes feeding your family easy. Our in-home weekly meal prep service in #Denver #KC #Chicago #Wichita #DesMoines #Omaha #Milwaukee and #StLouis sends a talented personal chef to your home. We come every week for a half day to shop, cook, clean up and stock your refrigerator with a week’s worth of healthy, premade meals to reheat.

Our employees make it possible

Meal delivery services have one or two skilled chefs in the kitchen while low waged, under paid cooks actually do the work of preparing your meals. Our personal chef service hires only the most talented cooks. We have an arduous recruiting process that 99% of our applicants don’t make it through. We offer benefits others in the food service industry won’t. Our chefs get to work weekday schedules, earning automatic overtime if they occasionally choose to work a weekend.

It’s important to Friend That Cooks to offer our employees a quality of life they can’t find other places in the food service industry. We believe it allows us to get the best employees and offer a service no one else can.

Incredible value

The busy families and couples we serve will tell you. There is no easier way to put food on the table than Friend That Cooks weekly meal prep. And no better value in the food service industry. Our service averages half the cost of eating out for a family of four. We even save our families money on groceries. We cook the food they want instead of mass producing dishes for everyone from the same recipe.

Call us today to learn about in-home weekly meal prep. Visit our website and see example prices for each of the cities we offer service in. www.friendthatcooks.com/locations

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Braised chicken vindaloo, brown basmati

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Turkey vindaloo meal prep

Braised turkey vindaloo, brown basmati rice and sauteed kale.

Weekly #mealprep for busy moms, couples or special diets in #KC #Chicago #StLouis #Wichita #Omaha #DesMoines #Milwaukee and #Denver.
Learn more at http://www.friendthatcooks.com

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Seared chicken and artichoke meal prep

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Chicken, tomato and artichokes

Seared chicken, tomatoes and artichoke in lemon caper butter, sauteed green beans.

Friend That Cooks Personal Chefs  provide weekly #mealprep for busy moms, couples or special diets in #KC #Chicago #StLouis #Wichita #Omaha #DesMoines #Milwaukee and #Denver.

We send a talented personal chef to your home for a half day every week to shop, cook, clean up and stock your refrigerator with healthy, premade meals to reheat.

Learn more at http://www.friendthatcooks.com

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Seared halibut meal prep

Seared halibut meal prep

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Seared halibut

with blackberry balsamic reduction, wild rice, roasted Brussels sprouts and apples with lemon butter.

Friend That Cooks Personal Chefs  provide weekly #mealprep for busy moms, couples or special diets in #KC #Chicago #StLouis #Wichita #Omaha #DesMoines #Milwaukee and #Denver.

We send a talented personal chef to your home for a half day every week to shop, cook, clean up and stock your refrigerator with healthy, premade meals to reheat.

Learn more at http://www.friendthatcooks.com.

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Look how easy dinner could be

Weekly meal prep and easy dinner

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Easy dinners

Look how easy dinner could be. A week’s worth of meals prepared by a personal chef. Once per week. Half the cost of eating out at a comparable restaurant. Fresh meals made from scratch by a personal chef in YOUR kitchen. Instead of mass produced by low wage cooks, frozen and mailed to you. Raise your standards, not your spending.

Friend That Cooks Personal Chefs  provide weekly #mealprep for busy moms, couples or special diets in #KC #Chicago #StLouis #Wichita #Omaha #DesMoines #Milwaukee and #Denver.

We send a talented personal chef to your home for a half day every week to shop, cook, clean up and stock your refrigerator with healthy, premade meals to reheat.

Learn more at www.friendthatcooks.com.

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Chile crab cakes | Friend That Cooks Blog

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Chile crab cakes

Seared chile crab cakes with cumin roasted squashes and lime polenta cakes.

Friend That Cooks #PersonalChefs offer weekly #mealprep in #KansasCity, #Chicago, #StLouis, #DesMoines, #Omaha and #Wichita for families with busy schedules, #foodallergies or special #diets.

Learn more:
www.kcmealprep.com
www.chicagomealprep.com
www.stlouismealprep.com
www.desmoinesmealprep.com
www.omahamealprep.com
www.wichitamealprep.com

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Chicken Vindaloo | Friend That Cooks Blog

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Chicken Vindaloo

Chicken vindaloo and steamed basmati rice.

Friend That Cooks #PersonalChefs offer weekly #mealprep in #KansasCity, #Chicago, #StLouis, #DesMoines, #Omaha and #Wichita for families with busy schedules, #foodallergies or special #diets.

Learn more:
www.kcmealprep.com
www.chicagomealprep.com
www.stlouismealprep.com
www.desmoinesmealprep.com
www.omahamealprep.com
www.wichitamealprep.com