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Chef’s Spotlight- Elizabeth Armstrong

 

This month’s Chef’s Spotlight features our new admin and office assistant, Elizabeth Armstrong.  Elizabeth was born and raised in Olathe, Kansas. She graduated from Olathe South High School in 2006 and went on to receive a Bachelor’s in Mass Media Advertising with a minor in fine arts from Washburn University in 2013.  Elizabeth spent a period of time designing websites and teaching drawing classes to elementary school kids.  She has also worked in the service industry for 14 years.

Elizabeth has a passion for all kinds of art and helping others. Staying creative is an ongoing outlet for her. She enjoys going to art exhibits, being out in nature, spending time with her niece, going to concerts and binge watching Netflix.

WELCOME ELIZABETH!  Not technically a chef, but definitely an important addition to our Friend That Cooks family, Elizabeth started with us in early May.  She works in our new headquarters office in Shawnee as our office assistant, website tamer and social media guru.  Check out her work on our Facebook and other social media platforms.

 

 

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Build Your Cookbook Library Like A Pro

We all have it.  That one book sitting on the counter.  Bent spine, dogeared, bookmarked and stained.  It’s the go-to.  The favorite.  Maybe it’s a collection of family heirlooms, a digital wallet stored on your iPad, a wedding present from your dear Aunt Sally, or a corner bookstore find.  A good cookbook can help plan that Thanksgiving feast for 20 or Tuesday night’s meatloaf supper.

For our chefs, they are a source of inspiration, and a education.  Just like a any other professional, chefs need to keep up with current trends, and brush up on techniques learned early in our careers.  It’s more than a hobby- it’s a lifestyle.

We get asked all the time, “What book should I have in my kitchen?”.  So we wanted to put together for you a  list of our chefs’ favorites.  Some are more reference books than recipe books.  But we still think they are great, even for the most novice of cooks.  Check out our list below and comment on your favorites.  Follow us on Instagram for the latest updates from Friend That Cooks!

The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook is great for everyday recipes.
Charcuterie, for meats: smoking, curing, salting and more. 
The Chefs Reference Guide is a great resource for the advanced home cook.
Instead of Google, grab a copy of Food Lover’s Companion. A great resource for anything food.
Composing the perfect dish is a breeze with Culinary Artistry. A great resource book for all home cooks.
Genuinely delicious and fun “fancy southern” cuisine from a Top Chef contestant, Fire In My Belly.
Learn everything pasta in Flour+Water: Pasta.
If bread is your thing, or maybe you want to learn, Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast is great to have in your kitchen.
The French Laundry Cookbook delivers beautiful pictures and exquisite technique.
TV show personality delivers classic and fun foods in Guy Fieri Family Food.
Sean Brock, a Charleston legend in his own right, shows you how to make classic, southern dishes that are beautiful and sustainable.
Momofuku is a must for anyone looking to step-up their Asian culinary game.
On Cooking, a texbook and staple for any cook. A must-own for all.
Staff Meals is fun and original cookbook with wholesome recipes, unique ingredients and a laid-back approach.
Bon Appetit’s The Grilling Book should be your can’t-live-without, summer grilling guide.
Get serious pastry skills with The Pastry Chef’s Companion recipe and resource guide.
Not just for vegans, Thug Kitchen’s NSFW first official cookbook has taken the food world by storm. Get serious about eating more vegetables and get a copy of this book…yesterday!

 

Ethnic Food Lover’s Companion makes cooking your favorite ethnic dish a breeze.
The Cook’s book is a great resource for tips and tricks from chef’s all over the world.

 

If you like breakfast foods, you need The Breakfast Book. Think farm-house simple.
When you aren’t sure what to pair with this, or how to spice that, The Flavor Bible is every cook’s go-to.
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Too Many Tomatoes I From Mama Natural

28 Things to Do With Too Many Tomatoes

tomatoesLate in the summer, many gardeners end up with too many tomatoes! Come late-August, you may end up with a dozen or two heirlooms ripening on your kitchen counter, with dozens more cherry, San Marzano, Brandywine, Yellow Pear, Roma, Campari, Jubilee, Beefsteak and countless other tomato varieties ripening on the vines outside.

This is not necessarily a bad thing but it can be intimidating trying to think of ways to utilize them. Before we start, I have an idea of my own. First, cook down those fresh tomatoes and add some onion, celery and celery salt until the vegetables are tender. Now run that through a food mill and add some salt and lemon juice to taste. Don’t forget the last and most crucial ingredient…Vodka!

Now that you have a delicious bloody mary in your hands, you can click the link below to find out 28 ways to use all those extra tomatoes from your garden while they are at peak freshness!

28 Things to Do With Too Many Tomatoes

Leave a comment below with your favorite ideas and recipes using your garden vegetables and herbs.

Click here to learn more about Friend That Cooks Personal Chef Service.

 

 

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Healthy Eating From Plant to Plate

Plant to Plate Meal Prep

Fresh Herb PlantFresh Herbs from PlantMeatball Marinara from fresh herb plant

From plant to plate! Our in-home #PersonalChefs will utilize your garden to help save money and add some extra flavor into your healthy weekly #mealprep dishes.

This meatball in marinara with pasta, broccoli and green beans is just one example of how our chefs can use fresh herbs and vegetables from your garden in the dishes. Using your own garden will not only save you money, but also insure that your getting the freshest ingredients.

As the summer goes on, you will start harvesting more herbs and veggies than you know what to do with. Let our chefs create dishes from your garden that you can freeze for later or eat right now. We can make tomato sauce, casseroles, bread, or soup to freeze for the winter. Or you could throw a huge veggie barbecue for your friends and we’ll do the cooking! Whatever you decide, let us help you get the most out of your green thumb.

Learn more about how we can utilize your garden ingredients and our meal prep services at our website!

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From Food & Wine | Maple Roasted Ribs

Maple Roasted Ribs

Hey, here’s a great maple roasted ribs recipe we found at Food and Wine magazines website. Not all ribs have to be smoked, here’s another great way to make spare ribs. Our talented personal chefs know many fun and interesting recipes like this that we use every day for our weekly meal prep clients…

http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/maple-roasted-pork-spareribs

Maple roasted ribs from Food and Wine magazine
Maple roasted pork spare ribs from Food and Wine magazine

Learn more about weekly meal prep from Friend That Cooks Personal Chefs on our website.

 

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meal prep | bun thit nuong

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Meal Prep Bun Thit Nuong

Bun Thit Nuong style bean noodle bowl meal prep with Chili-Lemongrass Pork Tenderloin and topped with fresh herbs.

Just one example of exotic In-home weekly #mealprep dishes made every day by Friend That Cooks #PersonalChefs.

See more at www.friendthatcooks.com #healthyMeals #Fitness 😋

#KansasCity #Minneapolis#StPaul #TwinCities #Chicago #StLouis #Omaha #DesMoines #Denver #Wichita #Milwaukee #Indianapolis

 

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What’s easier than meal delivery St. Louis?

In-home weekly meal prep, that’s what!

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In-home weekly meal prep is easier than meal delivery

Meal delivery services are saving some time for busy moms and dads, but there is something much better, and it costs about the same.

In St. Louis and several other cities, busy families, couples and people with special diets are taking advantage of Friend That Cooks Personal Chef Service’s in-home weekly meal prep. Instead of getting online, ordering food, unpacking it, disposing of boxes, then still having to cook and clean up, Friend That Cooks’ clients can literally have food prepared with no more effort than taking a debit card out of their pocket and laying it on the counter.

Easier than meal delivery

Personal chefs from Friend That Cooks travel to the homes of our clients every week. We plan a menu, utilizing any ingredients you already have to limit waste. We shop for the rest of the ingredients. Bring them back to your home. Prepare incredible meals with the technique, speed and efficiency that only experienced professional chefs can. Then we clean up your kitchen, leaving you with a refrigerator packed with healthy, delicious meals to reheat the whole week long. Not only is our service easier than meal delivery, it’s better. Our food is higher quality. We use professional chefs. Menus are unlimited and customized to your family’s tastes.

Relationships and fair pricing

We believe the food service industry has it wrong in how they charge you for your food. Caterers, meal delivery companies and most personal chefs buy food then mark it up 400-500% and resell it to you. Instead of selling you food, Friend That Cooks rents you a chef that you share with 7-9 other families. We charge a reasonable hourly rate and you provide grocery money for the chef to do your shopping. No markup. Your chef returns every week, allowing you to provide personal feedback. They will adjust their cooking style and select dishes to fit your family’s very personal tastes. No limited menus to select from like a meal delivery service, and only well compensated, professional chefs doing ALL the cooking. The average family of four in St. Louis spends $140-190 per week on Friend That Cooks’ service. Our chefs usually save them money on groceries too.

How do you learn more?

Friend That Cooks offers free in-home consultations with our personal chefs. Our chef will come to your home to talk about your family’s tastes and dietary needs. They will help you decide how much food you need to make it through the week and guide you through the service choices that will give you the best possible value. Our clients are our Friends. We treat them that way.

To contact Friend That Cooks, visit our website and fill out a contact form by clicking here.

We’ll send you a chef and make your evenings a dream.

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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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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

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Baked cod and tomato jam | Friend That Cooks Blog

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Baked cod and tomato jam

Baked cod with tomato caper jam, toasted pecans quinoa and sauteed snow peas.

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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Caribbean rubbed chicken | Friend That Cooks Blog

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Caribbean chicken and black rice

Caribbean rubbed chicken with jerk roasted veggies and coconut black rice risotto.

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