Personal Chef for a Night
Recently I participated in a silent auction to raise funds for a family at our church. I decided to put my services as a person chef up for bid. You may not have known that I was a personal chef and well, neither did I! This was my first time. I just felt like I had to do something for this lovely family and I feel like God has blessed me with the ability to cook pretty well so I went for it! Some generous friends of mine ended up winning the bidding and I had an absolute blast cooking for them.
This was actually the first time I had ever made any of the recipes I chose. Brilliant, right? I had meant to try them all out ahead of time but never got around to it. I also didn't have a recipe really for the Baked Alaskas - I just kind of used a technique I saw on TV for making one big one and made it up as I went along. They turned out great - good thing! I definitely plan on making them again using different ice cream flavors and maybe cake for a base just to try something different. The mint chip with a brownie base was delicious though!
We decided on a menu together with a (mostly) Italian theme:
Mixed greens with blue cheese dressing and croutons
Classic tomato, basil, and garlic bruschetta drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil
Chicken piccata (chicken with a lemon, white wine, and butter sauce) with angel hair pasta - you can find the recipe here, plus I added some capers towards the end of reducing the sauce.
Roasted asparagus with Parmesan cheese
Mini baked Alaskas with a brownie base and mint chip ice cream
|Just looking at this makes my mouth water - I love chicken piccata and it's actually very easy to make!|
|Mini Baked Alaska! Isn't it so cute?!|
|The inside view. I wish I had a creme brulee torch so that I could have gotten the sides more brown.|
|Justin is enjoying his dessert!|