Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sorry to depress everybody...

....but it really is getting to be about the time to start thinking about CHRISTMAS!!  Where did this year go?!?

For my viewers in and around Huntsville: Have you thought about what you might want to get your neice who is getting married next year? Your son who foams at the mouth while watching Top Chef? Your mother who has loved to cook and entertain her entire life? Your husband who tends to overcook his steaks? Your wife whose recipe repertoire consists of nothing but casseroles?  Your best friend who loves to bake?  Your daughter who you can't tear away from her Playschool Kitchen? Your friend and coworker who lives off Lean Cuisine? Your dedicated employees who walk around like zombies with their brown-bag lunches? Your sister who always spear-heads the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners?

Here's an idea, in case you are clueless as to what to give those special individuals in your life:

The Chef Next Door 
Gift Certificates!!!

 You can purchase a gift certificate for just about anything you want:  Cooking Classes, Kid's Cooking Classes, Boxed Lunches, Pre-Made Meals, a 50-person Cocktail Party, you name it- we can do it.  And the best part is?  You can pick a price, send away the gift certificate, and let the recipient pick out what they want!  You could purchase a 6-week Series of Cooking Classes for your wife and let her custom-design her classes one-on-one with me.  You could purchase 10 Pre-Made Meals as a gift for your super-busy Sister-in-Law, and let her design the meals specifically for her family.  You can purchase a gift certificate for a Bridal Shower that your neighbor is hosting in the Spring, and let her pick the menu.  Seriously, the sky is the limit, and you won't find this kind of flexibility ANYWHERE else. 

Check out my website at here  (NOT somebody beat me to it. )  to view the various services that I offer and see if any of them strike your fancy! If there's something that you're interested in and you don't see it listed- just ask me about it. :)   If it's food-related, I'll probably be able to do it!   Have a great week, everybody.  Hope I didn't get you down too badly with the newsflash that Christmas is right around the corner.  


The Chef Next Door


  1. Hi! I was checking out some photos on your main webpage, and was wondering if you could share the recipe for your Scallops with corn and potato hash and maple bourbon glaze, as well as your Southern Shrimp and Cheesy Grits with Mushrooms and crispy Bacon. Thanks!

  2. Hmm if you'll refer back to a posting I wrote back in June called "Copycat AGAIN" I share the recipe for the hash. The scallops are just simply seasoned with salt and pepper and seared until brown on both sides, the Bourbon glaze is a simple pan sauce made by flaming a splash of Bourbon in the same pan you seared the scallops in and finishing with a drizzle of Maple Syrup to bring it all together. The Shrimp and Cheesy Grits- No Way. :) That's my signature dish, girl! tee hee.