Entertain with ease this Summer!

BBQ-Flyer2Love to BBQ? Hate to BBQ but love to eat it? Have a wedding, graduation, baby shower, tailgate party, or other Summer event coming up? Have no fear, help is here! I am available to grill a variety of meats, seafood, and vegetables at your location for your special event.

Your Grill Master service can be as simple or as complex as you like. I can simply grill and serve to order; or I can provide a full service experience with side dishes, table settings and other decor, disposables or china, and other items. Grills, supplies, meats and other ingredients can be furnished presenting you with a no-stress option. Or I can simply show up and cook your food on your grill!

My Grill Master service is available for meals ranging from private 1 on 1 dinners to events supporting 200 guests or more. Whatever your requests, no matter how big or small, I will do my best to fulfill them. Contact me today to discuss your BBQ!

For more information on this and my other services, please visit www.chefmarlonangelo.com.

Creative Cocktails: White Sangria and Mock Champagne

whitesangria-mockchampagneSince I posted the Albondigas Soup from the Mexican-inspired romantic dinner I did for a client, I thought I’d post the beverages that were in the menu as well. The White Sangria contains an apple liquor that gives it an especially fruity taste.

The wife loved White Sangria so I made that as her drink for the dinner. She said it was the absolute best she had ever tasted. Her husband did not drink alcohol so I made a Mock Champagne for him which he also loved. I left these recipes behind for them as well. Now you can try them too!

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Tried & True: Albondigas Soup (Mexican Meatball Soup)

albondigas soupI was hired by a client recently to prepare a surprise romantic dinner for his wife in honor of their 5th anniversary. During the initial consultation, I learned that she was a huge fan of Mexican cuisine especially fajitas and spicy dishes, Italian Wedding (or Meatball) soup, chicken, cheesecake, and white Sangria. I also found out that he did not drink alcohol, although she did. The dinner was to be 5 courses so I needed to prepare a menu that included the following courses: appetizer, soup, intermezzo, main, and dessert.

For the appetizer, I selected a simple trio of mini grilled fajitas: one pork, one chicken, and one beef along with sauteed peppers and onions and poblano crema (a spicy Mexican sour cream), guacamole and salsa (both homemade). I knew I wanted to do a sorbet for the intermezzo and eventually chose to do a homemade Mango sorbet which went well with the theme. The main course was a spicy and bittersweet Mexican Mole Chicken served over pan-fried corn off the cob and black beans and rice. For dessert, I made a homemade cheesecake with a fruit salsa of strawberry, kiwi, and banana. Since she loved White Sangria I went with an recipe I had already saved and found a recipe for Mock Champagne for him.

For the soup course, I was a bit stumped until I began to research Italian Wedding soup and saw that its origins were Spanish. I also learned that Wedding soup was also called Meatball soup. Using these facts, I decided to do a take on the Italian Wedding (Meatball) soup and prepare a Albondigas Soup (Albondigas means “meatball”).

They absolutely LOVED the entire meal and the husband especially liked the soup! It was very good and definitely something I will add to my repertoire. The distinctive flavor comes from the fresh mint used in the meatballs and it can also be added directly into the soup itself depending on your tastes. Here’s the recipe so you can try it for yourself!

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The Greatest Mother’s Day Gift Idea

mothers-dayMother’s Day is quickly approaching! This year’s date is Sunday May 12. While some search for ideas, most people are thinking, “Take Mom to dinner” for this special day but did you know that 75 million Americans are also planning to take their mother’s out to eat on Mother’s Day according to the National Restaurant Association? How unique is that?

“But Mom wants to go to a restaurant!”, you say? Do you know the #1 reason 51% of mothers choose this option? They are the ones cooking normally for family events. They simply want a break from cooking! 27% of mothers say they choose a restaurant as a way to socialize with family and friends. The ability to create lasting memories is the reason behind 16% of mothers choice of eating at a restaurant on Mother’s Day. 6% of mothers who choose a restaurant for Mother’s Day are Foodies and would choose this option for most occasions.

What if you could give your Mom each of those options all while surprising her with something special and unique this year! Get together with your siblings and simply hire a Private Chef to truly indulge your mother on Mother’s Day! Here’s a few ideas.

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Which blog design is better?

ImagePlease comment and tell me if you like this blog design (the one you are currently looking at) or this one: http://www.chefmarlonangelo.com/apps/blog

I am trying to figure out where I should host my blog. I can host here on wordpress and change the name to blog.chefmarlonangelo.com or I can host with my web designer and use the link posted above.

Which do you all prefer?

Santoku

significant-otherI am a married man involved in a love affair … and my wife is very much aware of it! My mistress is foreign, German to be exact, with Japanese roots and a Western style. Although her exterior is tough and she can be as cold as ice, the product of her ambition warms the souls of all who come in contact with it. Thin, yet thick in the right places with an inviting arch in her back, she is a genuine beauty! When I hold her, it feels as if she was made for my grasp. Always sharp, never dull, she receives my admiration for her brilliance, strength and endurance. The precision with which she carries out all tasks amazes me. Her name is Santoku and she is my chef knife.

Together, we create the most marvelous duet; though I have to admit, at first, I was not that into her. I was lovesick. This is not my first affair, you see. There was another, and she was taken from me. This day was a tragic one. My knife kit, containing the first knife I had ever fallen in love with, was stolen by an anonymous student peer on campus. Luckily, this underhanded act was countered with an act of complete generosity and kindness. One of my professors upon hearing about the incident presented me with a new kit containing a Santoku knife worth almost $200.

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Creative Cocktails: Watermelon Breeze

Photo by Kelsey Marie Photography

I don’t know about you but I am ready for a vacation with my wife. I can picture us on the beach now, cocktail in hand. And now that warm weather is approaching some of my favorite fruits such as watermelon will be coming into season, so on that vacation we can finally try the following cocktail recipe I found.

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Hiring A Personal Or A Private Chef: Which is right for you?

Hiring-a-chefI have recently decided to change my service from that of a Personal Chef to a Private Chef. As a Personal Chef, I did not like the fact that the integrity of my food relied on you, the client, and your ability to reheat. I prefer to cook and serve immediately as one of the things I love about being a chef is being able to see and hear you enjoying the cuisines I have made. As I began to discuss this change with current clients, I realized that most of you do not understand the differences between these 2 types of chefs, Personal and Private, and which would be best for your family.

As you, and millions of others, seek alternative, healthier sources of food, you are quickly discovering that hiring a chef is a possibility. If interested in hiring a chef for your family, you must decide whether it is a Personal Chef or a Private Chef that better fits your needs.

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Tried & True: Grilled Chicken over Lemon Pasta

imagesMade this for the family! Changed it a bit from the original I found on FoodNetwork.com. I added a marinade for the chicken and changed the pasta from penne to spaghetti as we had a ton left over from spaghetti with meat sauce the night before. I also did not cut up the chicken breasts into the pasta. I sliced and laid the chicken breasts on top of the pasta. There were a few other revisions as well. Check out my version of the recipe.