Chef Jacquie’s Blog

Paradiso Ristorante

My mother and I have a longstanding tradition of going on Mommy & Me and Wine Makes Three dinners. To continue this tradition, last summer we chose to head to East Passyunk for a wine night at Paradiso. The menu consisted of wines from the Lazio and Umbria region of Italy as well as […]

7 Recipes to Get You Through The Rest of Winter

As the saying goes, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” For those of you who can’t wait for the “lamb” part to kick in, read on. We’ve got plenty of recipes to help you make it through the last few weeks of cold, winter weather.

With the ice and […]

Mad for Madeleines

This year, I took out my madeleine recipe for one of my cooking classes and it brought back a flood of fond memories. As I scanned the familiar ingredient list, I was transported back to my apprenticeship at La Forchette restaurant in Wayne. It was there that I first learned to make French madeleines […]

You Say Potato and I Say Po-Tah-To!

Potatoes are one of the primary starches on the table in most homes. Everything from mashed potatoes to roasted potatoes and fancy gratins. There is always someone in the family who makes the best potato dish — is that you? If not, would you like to be the one whose praises they sing with […]

Nutty As a Fruitcake

Fruit Cake is made with chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruits, nuts, and spices. Sometimes it is soaked in liquor. Fruitcake is a Christmas-time tradition, served at the holiday table or sent as a gift.

The earliest recipe dates back to ancient Rome, and it contained pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, raisins, which were then mixed […]

Eve in the Garden of Eatin’

Billowy white tents housed 76 of Philly’s best chefs; which I dubbed The Garden of Eatin’. But it wasn’t limited to just food; the City’s finest mixologists were present as well as Audi and their magnificent machines…vroom vroom! The entertainment is always fun and one thing is for sure about Feastival, it is going […]

A Fig for Your Thoughts

Do you like to adventure outside of your culinary cooking comfort zone? Me too.

As the end of summer approaches, it is time to make jam with the abundance of the harvest, which will soon diminish.

Then, the moment arrived; my Fairy Fig Godmother, Karla J. Stockli, Chief Executive Officer, California Fig Advisory Board sent me […]

Try To Understand, It’s A Magic Pan, Mama!

I attended a fantastic event for bloggers this past June called “Eat, Write Retreat” held in Philadelphia. As a chef I attend lots of chef events to hone my culinary skills, techniques and keep up with culinary trends. I never attended any writing conferences; this was my first!

I only knew a few people and […]


As you all know, I have been on the road with my daughter visiting colleges.  During our travels we have been very lucky and have stumbled upon some culinary gems.

I don’t know about you, but I love to eat small or share big plates with someone.  After visiting Skidmore College, we decided to go […]

Grocery Delivery Services!

Are you being bombarded by grocery delivery service flyers?  I receive them frequently as well.  With this in mind, I decided to perform a comparison between two grocery delivery service companies.

Freshdirect – based out of New York

They claim to have perfect produce, premium meats and seafood, and farm fresh dairy products.  FreshDirect has their […]

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