Archive for August, 2011

Just returned from a Get Fit Weekend with Trinity Fitness, LLC. Everyone had questions for what to eat for breakfast and all wanted this recipe. A Chef of Your Own found this recipe in a Cooking Light cookbook, Breakfast section

Swiss Muesli

2 ¼ c regular oats, uncooked

2 ¼ cup almond milk

3 Tbls brown sugar

3 Tbls dried fruit

¼ tsp salt

1 ½ cups vanilla low fat yogurt

3 Tbls chopped pecans, lightly toasted

Combine oats through salt in a bowl. Cover and chill 8 hours
or overnight.

Stir in yogurt, spoon into bowls and top with nuts

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A Chef of Your Own with Great Chefs USA will be doing a cooking demo at The Fresh Market in Dr Phillips today, Aug 12 from 3-6 pm. Please stop by to say hi and get a taste of this easy, light summer salad.

Asian Chicken Salad

Serves 4 – 6

salad Ingredients:

4 c T FM Rotisserie Chicken

3 c finely shredded cabbage

1 seedless cucumber chopped

1 bunch scallions, white and green parts, chopped diagonally

1 c chopped cilantro

1 can Mandarin oranges, drained and chopped


¼ c reduced sodium soy sauce

¼ c Justin’s Classic Almond Butter, well stirred

2 tbsp water

2 tbsp brown sugar (or regular sugar)

2 tbsp toasted sesame oil

2 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp red pepper flakes


In a large serving bowl, whisk together all vinaigrette ingredients.

Toss salad ingredients with vinaigrette in a large bowl until combined


* Almond Butter is rich in antioxidants and protein and makes an

incredible snack dip. Enjoy it by itself, with sliced apples sprinkled with

cinnamon, or with baby carrots for dipping!




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Mediterranean Alligator

1 lb alligator

3 cups clam juice

1/2 cup diced fresh tomatoes

1/2 cup mixed black and green olives

1 Tbls each, fresh basil, fresh oregano, fresh thyme

2 Tbls tomato paste

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 shallot, finely chopped

1/2 cup white wine

salt and pepper to taste

Quickly saute alligator. Add garlic, shallots and wine. Reduce by half. Add stock and thicken with tomato paste. Cook 1-2 hours or until tender. Add diced tomatoes, olives and herbs. Add salt and pepper to taste.

You can find a number of alligator products at: http://www.nextag.com/alligator-meat-for-sale/stores-html, about $9 a pound

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I don’t know as my kids appreciate this, but I think it’s really cool. I grew  the grapes


I harvested them,

And, since there were only 4 cups of juice, I made jelly. 🙂

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