Chef Jacquie’s Blog

My Visit to Arizona

My visit to Arizona was a mixed bag of feelings. I can’t talk about a trip to Arizona without talking about The Grand Canyon. As you can probably imagine, The Grand Canyon is breathtaking and something everyone should experience at least once in their life. Although it was beautiful, there are a few things […]

What You Need To Know To Make The Best Grilled Cheese Ever

What do Panini, French croque monsieur and quesadillas all have in common? They’re ALL different types of grilled cheese! If you thought that grilled cheese sandwiches were only two slices of bread, think again! In today’s blog, I’m going to teach you to make these and other delicious international supermelts with my favorite tips […]

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 […]

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