What Your Teen Needs To Eat To Be Healthy

teenagers As a chef, husband, and father, I care a great deal about what my family eats. I pay close attention to the diet of my 2 adolescent sons who both play sports. At this time in their life, poor diet can not only be detrimental to their health now but can also cause serious problems when they are adults.

The growth spurt that occurs in adolescence is second only to that which occurs in the first year of life. For this reason, nutrient needs are higher during the teenage years than any other time in life as they are necessary to achieve full growth potential. The greatest amount of nutrients are needed during the peak of the adolescent growth spurt. The nutrients required at this time may be twice as high as other times during adolescence. If these needs are not met, puberty and overall growth are slowed and certain diseases and other problems may also develop such as anemia and vision impairment. Lean body mass is also reduced due to lack of nutrients at this time. Nutrient deficiency at this time also lead to adult diet-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. (Story, n.d.).

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Tried & True: Seared Sea Scallops with Asian Influence

2011-01-27 11.13.22This is a recipe I learned in school at Le Cordon Bleu and have since revised and added it to my personal cache. The original recipe serves 8. Here I have scaled it down to serve 4.

People tend to love this recipe as it puts a new twist on a common stir fry by adding the scallops.

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Can American Wine Compare to the French?

carousel_wineSome may inquire as to why a chef or restaurant would choose to serve or carry American wines over the French versions which many consider to be the best. In reality, American wines have continuously stood up to the test against French wines proving to be just as good as and many times better than its French versions.

The American Wine Industry began to get attention in the 1960’s. By the 1970’s, Americans were producing wine that could compete with the French who had been the number 1 wine producers throughout history. Even though American wine was comparable to that of the French, the world still did not accept that any wines could be better than those produced in France.

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Tried & True: Pan-roasted Chicken With Lemon Caper Sauce Over Pasta

Chicken with Lemon Caper Sauce Over PastaThis is one of my wife’s favorites and the pic received a pretty good response on Instagram so I decided to go ahead and post the recipe.

This is something we actually served at the Iron City Grille inside the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh International Airport where I was Kitchen Manager and Head Chef. The building has since been purchased by Robert Morris University and repurposed into a dorm. I have now tweaked and added this dish to my personal repertoire and now you can too!

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Sweet Garlic Chicken Wings

wingsI found this recipe when visiting the blog of a person who liked my post about my Grill Master service. I now am a follower of the blog, Patrons of the Pit.

I am updating my repertoire of grill marinades and other recipes for the upcoming Summer season and Patrons of the Pit seem to have a very nice selection of tested grill recipes to pull from.

I will definitely be trying the following recipe they recently posted. These wings are described as “A salty and sweet affair with a touch of garlic.” Sounds like a winner to me! The recipe also calls for the chicken to be smoked with peach wood; and I can just imagine the sweet smoky flavor now! Here’s the recipe if you are as interested as I am.

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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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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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