Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category

Classic Tiramisu

April 5, 2012

This classic Italian dessert is made with ladyfingers and mascarpone cheese in a trifle bowl or a springform pan

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Boston Baked Beans

April 5, 2012

A wonderful old-fashioned baked bean flavor. This recipe tastes great served with fresh cornbread or biscuits and honey. Although you need to allow time for soaking and simmering the beans, this recipe is still quite easy.

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Order your Handmade Chocolate truffles today for the Holidays

November 23, 2011

Handmade Chocolate Truffles as a great Christmas Gift

Select your choice of flavors: White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, or Dark Chocolate
Select your fillings: Chocolate Fudge, Caramel, or Chocolate with Nuts

(OR ANY COMBINATIONS OF THE ABOVE)

Select your size below
The “Santa” Box
A round box of 8 select truffles
1 lb weight
Only $20
the “Holiday” Box
A oval box of 4 select truffles
1/2 lbs weight
Only $10
The “Season’s Greetings” Bag
A gift bag of 2 select truffles
only $5
Brian is taking orders NOW through December 22nd in the greater Sacramento Area
Call Brian to Order at 916-879-4611

Zucchini Squares

August 8, 2011

These savory and easy quiche style squares are a snap to prepare and bake, and they make a wonderful brunch or party appetizer. Serve with tomato salsa or marinara on the side for a fabulous snack or lunch.

Perfect Scrambled Eggs

July 20, 2011

Making the perfect scrambled eggs isn’t difficult. The key is whisking the eggs thoroughly and vigorously before cooking them. Whisking incorporates air, which produces fluffier scrambled eggs. And fluffier is better!

Chicken Enchiladas

May 21, 2011

Super Easy, Super Quick, Super Delicious, and Gourmet too! This is another in my series of Quick gourmet recipes for busy people.

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Southwestern Rice

May 20, 2011

I created this zippy side dish after eating something similar at a restaurant. It complements any Tex-Mex meal wonderfully. you can add cubes of grilled chicken breast to the rice to make a meal.

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SacChef Catering does Brunch too!

May 8, 2011

Hire me for your special brunches! Makes a great Birthday or Mother’s Day gift

Call Brian to Schedule at (916) 879-4611

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 8, 2011

Please take time today to pamper all the mothers in your life

How to make Eggs Benedict for Mother’s Day

May 8, 2011

Hot buttered English muffins, Canadian-style bacon, and poached eggs are topped by a heavenly drizzle of hollandaise sauce. Wonderful for Easter, Mother’s Day, or anytime you want to treat yourself to the best brunch in the world! Serve with roasted potatoes for mopping up the extra egg yolk and hollandaise.

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Chocolate-Banana Phyllo pillows

May 7, 2011

Store-bought phyllo dough, sliced bananas and rich chocolate transform into a heavenly chocolate dessert. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and/or whipped cream.

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May 5th is Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2011

Vamos a celebrar! Today we commemorate the history, culture, and ancestry of Mexico. Cinco de Mayo is primarily celebrated in Mexico, but celebrations also take place in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands.

Cinco de Mayo has been a celebrated holiday since May 5, 1862 after the unexpected victory over the French Army. The Mexicans were considerably outnumbered during this battle and the French were significantly better equipped. Secondly, this was the first battle since the Battle of Puebla that a country in the Americas was invaded by an army from another continent.

Join Mexico in celebrating its unity and patriotism by attending a parade, listening to mariachi music, and practicing folk dancing! You could even host a Cinco de Mayo fiesta complete with colorful decorations, Mexican cuisine, and of course, margaritas!

Classic Rolled Chocolate Truffles

May 2, 2011

Here’s an easy truffle recipe.

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Justice is Served

May 1, 2011

Bin Laden is dead!

Order your Handmade Chocolate truffles today for Mother’s Day

April 28, 2011

Handmade Chocolate Truffles for Mother’s Day

Select your choice of flavors: White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, or Dark Chocolate
Select your fillings: Chocolate Fudge, Caramel, or Chocolate with Nuts

(OR ANY COMBINATIONS OF THE ABOVE)

Select your size below
The “Big Momma” Box
A round box of 8 select truffles
1 lb weight
Only $16
the “Four my Mom” Box
A oval box of 4 select truffles
1/2 lbs weight
Only $9
The “Just Mommy and Me”
A gift bag of 2 select truffles
only $5
Brian is taking orders NOW through May 7th in the greater Sacramento Area
Mom has Pampered you all your life, now is the time to Pamper her!
Call Brian to Order at 916-879-4611

Prime Rib Cooking Chart:

April 28, 2011

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The chart below is only a guide. You must rely on an accurate Meat Thermometer and start taking temperatures about 45 minutes before the end of the estimated roast time.

Reminder: Instant read thermometers are not meant to be left in the roast during the cooking process.
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What Size of Prime Rib/Standing Rib Roast to Buy?

April 28, 2011

A full prime rib/standing rib roast is seven (7) ribs, close to 15 pounds, and enough to feed a crowd of 14 or more people (depending on how big of eaters they are). The term “standing” means the bones are included in the roast, thus the roast can stand by itself. A rib roast comprises of seven ribs starting from the shoulder (chuck) down the back to the loin.

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April 27th: Enjoy National Blueberry Pie Day With a Yummy Slice and Sweet Advice

April 27, 2011

There are dozens of delicious types of pies around the world – which can make it difficult for people to choose which one they want to eat! Today the decision is easy though because it is National Blueberry Pie Day.

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Blueberry pie is a sweet pie that can be filled with fresh or frozen blueberries, blueberry filling, or even blueberry custard. It is one of the more popular pie flavors in the United States. Blueberry pies are also quite common at summer picnics and July 4th celebrations when blueberries are in season.

Did you know that Maine produces more blueberries than any other state? In fact, Maine produces 25% of all low bush blueberries in North America. That makes this New England state the largest producer of blueberries in the world!

Head to your favorite bakery or make your own tasty Blue Ribbon Blueberry Pie to enjoy on National Blueberry Pie Day!

Blue Ribbon Blueberry Pie

April 27, 2011

Blueberry lovers are sure to enjoy this mouthwatering deep-dish pie

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What to do with your leftover Easter Candy = Peeps?

April 25, 2011

Since Easter is now over, I am now way overstocked on my Peeps supply. So what can i do with all these Peeps

I love me some Peeps! Do you love Peeps, too?

I’ve gathered a few peep-a-liscious ideas in case you’d like to impress your peeps with your Peep skills .

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Cherry Cheese Coffeecake Bites

April 23, 2011

This is one of my favorite recipes. I first made it years ago and i still get requests for it today. It is perfect for your holiday dessert table or for that special Brunch. It is so easy to make that your kids can make it for you for Mother’s day too! Just add fresh Blueberries for a 4th of July treat!
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Today is National Cherry Cheesecake day = April 23rd

April 23, 2011

Today we celebrate two great holidays: National Cherry Cheesecake Day and National Picnic Day! Take advantage of the spring weather for an outdoor get together. Grab the blankets, sandwiches and fruit… and don’t forget dessert! Here are 121 recipes for Cherry cheesecake

Scalloped Potatoes

April 22, 2011

These tasty scalloped potatoes are creamy and delicious with onions and seasonings.
SERVES = 6

Holiday Strata

April 21, 2011

This is a favorite family recipe of the Lisle Family. It is perfect for Easter or Christmas Morning, Mother’s Day, or any special Brunch.

Strata is a savory bread pudding, consisting of layers of bread, cheese, and other ingredients, topped with an egg and milk custard mixture that soaks into the bread. It’s a great dish for brunch because it requires an overnight stay in the refrigerator. Assemble it a day ahead of time, and the next morning all you need to do is bake it.

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Chocolate covered Oreos

April 17, 2011

Just in time for Spring

order your cookies now

Only $3 for 4 cookies 

Select white, dark or milk chocolate ( or combination)

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916-879-4611

Easy Chicken Salad Sandwiches

February 19, 2011

I hit on what I believe is the best chicken salad sandwich recipe ever. It is more than just a basic chicken salad recipe, but it has a bit of finesse. This delicious and easy chicken salad recipe will be right at home at a kids’ lunch table or a bridal shower buffet. It can be simple or elegant.

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Order Valentine Flowers by 2/1 for Your FREE Chocolate Caramel Truffles

January 29, 2011

 

When you place your Valentine order by February 1, we will deliver a complimentary pair of Chocolate Carmel truffles with your flowers. Flower Fiesta has contracted Sac Chef to ensure we have some very tasty truffles!    What a treat!

 

 

Phalaenopsis Bouquet with Roses

Our gorgeous premium long stem dozen roses (your choice of color when you order ahead) will all the filler flowers and two amazing sprays of Phalaenopsis moth orchids.  Order well in advance as we cannot get this type of orchid at the last minute!

$99

Double Rose Bud Vases

Order bud vases for your coworkers and friends. These can be either single or double roses. All of our bud vases come arranged in a  vase (designer’s choice) with a bow, greens & filler flowers.

 

$21

Dozen Roses Plus with Campanula

Not only will your valentine receive a premium dozen roses, but we also include tall campanula, filler flowers, lush greenery, a premium bow and quality vase. We deliver our roses completely arranged so there is no fuss to find scissors.  All of this is included. Our rose arrangements are so fresh, we don’t arrange them until you order them.

If you want the best for your sweetheart, order ahead!

 

$94

I hope you will consider doing business with Flower Fiesta this Valentine holiday.

My Gift to You ~ No matter what roses cost us during the valentine holiday, we NEVER raise the price on YOU for a dozen roses for Valentine’s day!

 

Sincerely,

Geri Ann Alviso
Flower Fiesta

www.flowerfiesta.com

 

(916) 225-2623 / (916) BAL-ANCE

toll free 866-377-4952
“Balance work and play, add F l o w e r s to the day!”

Flower Fiesta delivers 7 days a week.

 

Order before February 1st to receive the free pair of Sac Chef Chocolate Carmel Truffles with your order.

For our customers only: Sac Chef will bring the catered Valentine dinner to you for just $100.

 

Service Area
Sacramento County & parts of Placer & El Dorado Counties including but not limited to:  Fair Oaks, Folsom, Gold River, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Mather, Roseville, Rocklin, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Sloughhouse, Orangevale, California
This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2010

The 2nd Annual
Sac Chef’s Christmas 2010 message

Thanks

Most importantly, a massive thank you to everyone who has supported me and my business throughout 2010, particularly my best friend, Scott who has been along side me on the roller coaster ride. I would also love to thank all of my supportive  ”sales force” in BNI. The support and networking you all did for me was “GREAT” (attn: Brian Sharp)!

It has been great getting to know some new customers this year, as well as catching up with old customers who have now become repeat customers! Champions!

I have decided to start 2011 with starting my own private catering company. If you’ve been thinking about hosting a cooking class in 2011, I’d love to hear from you, and have the opportunity to teach  you and your friends something special. You can also contact me for a simple dinner for two for Valentine’s Day, or I can cater your Superbowl  Party.

Let me dirty my Kitchen, so you don’t have too!

I started this blog in October 2009. Since then i have created 731 posts which led to over 77,000 visiting readers on this website. I am now averaging over 1000 hits per day!  My best day was on Dec 22nd, with 2,139 hits (Thats one person to my site every 40 seconds) even beat the google rankings of other websites the Weekend after Thanksgiving and The NFL on “SuperBowl recipes” the day before the big game.

THANK YOU all for visiting my site. This would not have been born without the special advice from John Lisle at Outback Solutions and the amazing talent of Stephanie Urzi who created my brand and logo. A special thanks again to Scott Seviour, I would not be here if not for his website design work.

Have a great holiday…..Cheers!

Brian Bentzen

BORK  BORK  BORK!

Raspberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread

December 7, 2010

Today’s holiday recipe – a quick holiday Appetizer winner perfect for last minute get-togethers.

 

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It’s holiday recipe week!

December 6, 2010

Every day I’ll feature a recipe that will ensure your holiday get-togethers are stress-free and delicious. Whether you’re planning the big meal or need a dish for an impromptu gathering, we’ve got you covered! Stay tuned all week for our fabulous recipe suggestions!

Click here to learn more Kids’ Cooking recipes to celebrate = Holiday Recipe Week

Happy Chanukah!

December 5, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

November 25, 2010

Time saving Turkey Day Tips

November 24, 2010

Save yourself time tomorrow with a few do-ahead steps today for a very Happy Thanksgiving meal.

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Take Stress Out of Holiday Meal Preparation

November 22, 2010

Putting a holiday meal on the table can be a daunting experience for first-timers and seasoned pros, alike. But with a little planning, everything will come together flawlessly. Avoid a last-minute scramble by making portions of your meal ahead of time.

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How to carve a Turkey

November 19, 2010

HOW TO CARVE A TURKEY

Think it’s too early to start planning Thanksgiving dinner? Think again! Nov. 25th may seem like only next weekt, but to me, it’s right around the corner. That’s why I want to give you preparation tips to ensure your Thanksgiving is as smooth as your gravy (should be). Here is one tip to start thinking about today!

It’s one of the most stressed-over tasks of the holiday season, but it doesn’t have to be! Learn how to easily carve a turkey 

1. Grasp end of one leg. Place Carving knife between drumstick and body of turkey. Cut through skin to joint. remove entire leg and thigh portion by pulling out and back, using the tip of the knife to disjoint. Separate thigh and drumstick at joint. cut dark meat away from the bone and place on serving platter. Repeat with other leg.

2. Insert fork into wing. make a long horizontal cut above wing, cutting through bottom of breast to body of turkey. Disjoint wing from body.

3. Cut a thin slice from breast with even strokes, using fork to hold slice in place. The slices will fall away from bird when knife reaches horizontal cut. Place on platter. Repeat as directed above to carve other breast.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

October 31, 2010

Greek Quiche

October 16, 2010

Enjoy this savory Mediterranean styled  Tart filled with Feta, Olives & Sun Dried Tomatoes

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Quiche Lorraine

October 15, 2010

You can serve this classic French egg dish, featuring bacon and Swiss, as a main course anytime of day.

Broccoli, Ham & Cheese Quiche

October 14, 2010

Quiche for Sunday brunch? Fill the flakiest pie crust with basic quiche ingredients; eggs, cheese, cream, broccoli, ham and onions, and what do you have? The best Broccoli, Ham & Cheese Quiche ever! Easy broccoli quiche – It’s what’s for breakfast!

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Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake

August 30, 2010

I recommend getting all of the ingredients ready in the blender and then toasting the marshmallows.  You want your marshmallows gooey and hot when you throw them in the blender so they incorporate nicely.  Marshmallows tend to get sticky and harden upon cooling down.

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ICE CREAM CONE CUPCAKES

August 18, 2010

APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEIVING

The photo below may look like three delicious soft serve vanilla ice cream cones, but the treats are actually cupcakes!

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Cabernet Filet Mignon Steaks

August 13, 2010

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Happy Birthday DAD

August 7, 2010

August Food Holidays

August 1, 2010

Celebrate Food Holidays For Waffles, S’Mores, Filet Mignon & Lemon Meringue Pie

August is the biggest vacation month, but it is also:

National Brownies At Brunch Month
National Catfish Month
National Panini Month
National Peach Month
National Sandwich Month
National Apple Week Is The Second
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National Coffee Milkshake Day

July 26, 2010

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Berry Cheesecake Pie

July 26, 2010

Boasting a luscious cheesecake flavor, this pretty pie gets creative with phyllo dough.

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY

July 25, 2010

Only 5 months ( 152 Days) until Christmas.

Now is a great time to start your Holiday shopping!

http://www.auburn.edu/~vestmon/xmas_cnt.htm

Watermelon fun

July 22, 2010

With a bit of creativity and a sharp knife you can make one of these fun “fruit bowls” for your next picnic, potluck or party

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Fresh Cherry Pie

July 20, 2010

If you ‘ve never eaten a fresh cherry pie, you ‘re in for a treat with this recipe. It ‘sa bit of work to pit the cherries, but once this is done, you will love it

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CHICKEN CHOW MEIN

July 14, 2010

This recipe for chicken chow mein mixes the noodles with the chicken and vegetables for a healthier chicken chow mein.

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National Ice Cream Month

July 12, 2010

Celebrate your favorite ice cream flavors during the entire month of July! Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. He also appointed the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. Reagan recognized the popularity of ice cream in the United States (90% of the nation’s population consumes ice cream) and stated that these two events should be observed with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

click here for some great Ice cream recipes

Click here to learn about the Ice Cream Dipper

Boston Baked Beans

July 11, 2010

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Sugar Cookies

July 9, 2010

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Chicago Style Hot Dog

July 8, 2010

“The Chicago Dog is a Windy City classic, and a big favorite with sports fans! The frank must be all-beef, the bun must be poppyseed, the ingredients must be piled onto the bun in the order specified. And whatever you do, don’t spoil the splendor with ketchup!”

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National Hot Dog Month

July 8, 2010

Sports and hot dogs go together like cookies and milk, a truly American institution with a rich and interesting history. Whether you call them hot dogs, red hots, wieners, franks or frankfurters, learn the good, the bad and the ugly.

Summertime Potato Salad Mold

July 5, 2010

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Happy 4th of July

July 4, 2010

I hope you all are enjoying your Fourth of July weekend!

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

July 3, 2010

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Sherbet Watermelon

July 1, 2010

Perfect for  July. Each refreshing wedge comes complete with chocolate chip “seeds”

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All-American Hamburgers

June 30, 2010

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Barbecue Salmon Steaks

June 20, 2010

This is my Father’s favorite meal. He loves fresh salmon, especially when he used to take the boat out past the Golden Gate and catch the fish himself. Of course, I was always seasick from the waves.

Salmon is a well-rounded fish. You can make it a million and one different and tasty ways and it is really easy to prepare. One of the classic ways to cook salmon is by barbecuing it either on a grill over an open flame or in the oven.

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Happy Father’s Day

June 20, 2010

Honoring Our Dads

For many of us, our fathers are our heroes. We appreciate them for their love and guidance. A good father can set an example of strength, honor, sacrifice, and responsibility. On Father’s Day, we honor dads for their love and the lessons they have taught us.

I Love you DAD! Have fun on the boat today!

All American Trifle

June 14, 2010

Berries and cake makes thiseasy patriotic dessert.
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Happy Flag Day

June 14, 2010

Celebrate today with the Red, White & Blue!

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Cape Cod Spinach Salad with Garlic Crostini

June 13, 2010

You will love this Spinach Salad with Dried Cranberries, Pecans and Feta Cheese. This reminds me of the great summers I had at Cape Cod


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Father’s Day Gifts

June 10, 2010

Remember to place any orders as soon as possible with me in order to get them delivered in time for Father’s Day.

Happy Election Day

June 8, 2010

Election Day Cookies

June 8, 2010

It’s election day and hopefully everyone across the country is getting ready to head into voting booths to pull the lever for their favorite candidates. I am always filled with excitement and pride on this very special day.  In honor of election day, I’ve attached this great election day cookie recipe.

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Happy Memorial Day

May 31, 2010

LEARN MORE ABOUT MEMORIAL DAY BY CLICKING HERE

Click here to view more blog postings for my Memorial Day tips and recipes for a great barbecue celebration

SOUR CREAM COFFEE CAKE

May 15, 2010

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

May 9, 2010

Please take time today to pamper all the mothers in your life

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO

May 5, 2010

CLICK HERE for more Mexican recipes for your CINCO DE MAYO PARTY

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Stockton Asparagus Festival

April 24, 2010

The 25th Annual Stockton Asparagus Festival kicked off Friday with good weather forecast for its three day run.

Every year, the event raises money for some 100 area charities and this year, organizers hope to raise over $350,000.

There’s live music, a crafts show, some 70 food vendors and 100 speciality merchandise vendors as well as a celebrity chef cooking show.  But the most popular item of all is the asparagus — especially the deep fried asparagus!

Over 45,000 pounds of asparagus is expected to be sold with 45,000 orders for deep fried asparagus, some 9,000 asparagus tri-tip sandwiches, 4,000 asparagus burritos and 8,000 dishes of asparagus pasta.

Oh, and don’t forget the “aspara” ice cream!

The festival is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

CLICK HERE FOR SOME ASPARAGUS RECIPIES

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WHAT IS THE SAC CHEF?

April 19, 2010

Click below for a summary of the services I can provide and the types of referrals I am looking to receive to grow my business.

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Luscious Lemon Bars

April 14, 2010

Lemon bars and springtime just seem to go together! This recipe uses an 8″ square baking pan and makes about 9 servings. You can double the recipe and make it in a 9 x 13″ baking pan if you need a larger amount.

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FAST FIXIN FRUIT – N – CAKE

April 12, 2010

Make this quick and easy coffee cake for your next office meeting.

 

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Call me for the snacks for your morning meeting

April 11, 2010

I can be your office snack guy..

Just call me and i can bring a simple breakfast or more to your office or special event. FREE DELIVERY

Standard breakfast = only $5.00 per person

  • Coffee Cake
  • Orange Juice
  • Assorted yogurts
  • Assorted Fruit

Additional $0.25 charge per person for Paper Goods

Call me at  916-879-4611 to schedule a catering order for your meeting

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Call me for a catered lunch at your office

April 11, 2010

I can be your office lunch guy..

Just call me and i can bring a simple lunch or more to your office or special event. FREE DELIVERY

Standard lunch = only $6.75 per person

  • Mini crescent sandwiches ( Ham/Turkey & cheese)
  • Bag of chips
  • Bottled Water
  • Dessert ( Assorted Fruit or Coffee Cake)

Additional $0.25 charge per person for Paper Goods

Call me at  916-879-4611 to schedule a catering order for your meeting

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How to become an Hard Boiled Eggs-pert

April 5, 2010

Ingrediants:

  • 1/2 dozen Eggs ( Not fresh*)
  • Cold Water
  • 1 Tbls Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Salt

Directions

1 *Choose eggs that are several days old,  buy your eggs 5 days in advance. Fresh eggs will be difficult to peel. If you have some eggs that are difficult to peel, refrigerate for a few days then they will be easy to peel.

2 Put the eggs in a single layer in a saucepan, covered by TWO  inches of cold water. Starting with cold water will help keep them from cracking. Add the vinegar and salt. Put the burner on high and bring the eggs to a boil. As soon as the water starts to boil, turn off the heat but do not remove the pan from the heated burner. Let simmer uncovered for one minute.

4 After a minute, cover, and let sit for 10-12 minutes.

5 Strain out the HOT water from the pan, put the pan into your sink and overfill the pan with cold water until the eggs cool down a bit. Once cooled, strain the water from the eggs.

6.  Refrigerate the cooked eggs in a covered container. Consume within 5 days.

Delicious Deviled Easter Eggs

April 4, 2010

A great way to serve (and get rid of)  all those eggs after the kids find them as a before Easter Dinner appetizer

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HAPPY EASTER

April 4, 2010

The budding trees, the new flowers, and birds that sweetly sing,
whisper to me that it’s Easter. As you cook your ham and prepare for your special dinner, I want to thank you for all the support during the past year.

Here is wishing my warmth for you on Easter and always!

Happy Easter

THE SAC CHEF

How to cook and carve a ham

April 2, 2010

Click here to try my California Orange Glazed Ham Recipe

Click here for a baked Ham timing chart

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How long do I bake a ham in the oven?

April 2, 2010

Uncooked ham must be cooked until it reaches an internal temperature of 160°F. Fully cooked ham should be heated to an internal temperature of 140°F.The ham should be allowed to stand at room temperature for 2 hours before cooking. Bake the ham at 325′ for the time in the chart below

Click here to try my California Orange Glazed Ham Recipe

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Easter Bird’s Nests

March 31, 2010

I can’t believe Easter is just four days from today! If you’re like me and don’t enough time here’s a quick and easy candy treat

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Reuben Quesadillas

March 12, 2010

Leftover corned beef? This recipe uses your St.Patrick’s Day leftovers and tortillas to make a fresh approach to classic Reuben sandwiches.

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Irish Cream Brownies

March 4, 2010

These brownies look impressive, but are very easy to make. You may substitute Kahlua® for Irish Cream, if desired. They always disappear quickly at potlucks!

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Irish Stew

March 3, 2010

Every Irish household has their own version of this famous dish-so here’s mine. I like to add chunky pieces of parsnip for a little sweetness, and fresh rosemary gives it a distinct flavour and aroma. If you use a tougher cut of meat, you can leave it to simmer longer before adding the potatoes. Fantastic on a cold, blustery day-served with a pint of Guinness, of course!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

February 5, 2010

It’s your SacChef’s Birthday today!

Time to bake MYSELF a cake…..

Valentine’s Gift Ideas for Women

February 1, 2010

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Time to start thinking about that special gift to give that special woman in your life.

You don’t want to get them the same worn out gifts. It’s time to think outside the box. Women love gifts and below you’ll find a list of a few of the things almost any woman would love to have.

I realize there are some high maintenance women out there who expect the moon, but for the most part, most women just want to be remembered, appreciated, and slightly pampered. Somehow throw that in a cute bag with some tissue paper and you’re her new hero.

You’re sure to find something for all the woman on your list. (more…)

The Famous Fabulous Football Cake

February 1, 2010

You use the Classic Batter Bowl to create a great 3D cake in the shape of a football. Scroll down for the “Barbie Doll Cake” and other shapes.

click below for recipe

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Final Superbowl Tip = Ways to Save Big on Your Super Bowl Party

January 31, 2010

With a downward spiraling economy and holiday credit card bills to pay off, the last thing you need is a pricey Super Bowl party. Go the cheap and cheerful route without sacrificing the necessities. Use our handy guide to throwing a cheap Super Bowl party and save big without sacrificing on fun.

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Planning Guide for Your Super Bowl Party

January 24, 2010

Everything You Need to Plan a Super Party

For many sports fans, the Super Bowl is the best excuse of the year to host a party. Even non-sports fans like to get in on this event. It’s hard to resist the excitement and casual fun that surrounds this big day in sports. It’s not a party to get stressed over, but by considering a few details in your party planning, you can add to the fun of the day. These resources will help you pull together a sensational Super Bowl party this year.

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Tailgating 101: Tips for the ultimate hassle-free tailgating season.

January 6, 2010

Whether you’re hitting the big game, or cheering on your family’s littlest player, turn your tailgate into the ultimate party with these tips.

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New Year’s Champagne Punch

December 31, 2009

“A very pleasing alcoholic punch to start a party going. It is colorful and tastes delicious.”

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Lentil Soup for Good Luck in the New Year

December 30, 2009

My Mother’s German Lentil Soup with Frankfurters

I have had this soup for over 40 years on New Years Day

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Question: How Do I Estimate How Much Alcohol I Need for My New Years Eve Party?

December 27, 2009

Question: How Do I Estimate How Much Alcohol I Need for My New Years Eve Party?

Answer: Dear Reader:

There are several factors you’ll want to consider when you calculate the amount of alcohol you’ll need for a party. (more…)

Christmas Leftovers = Ham Tomato Wrap Sandwiches

December 27, 2009

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is filled with bargain hunting at after-Christmas sales, gift exchanges and returns, parties – and leftovers! Most of us have turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, roast beef, or cranberry sauce sitting in the refrigerator, covered with foil and plastic wrap. And lots of candy canes on the tree.

This week I will be posting some delicious recipe ideas using the remains of your Christmas feast to make wonderful meals and treats. They are, of course, good enough to serve to company. But also treat your family to a warm, comforting meal on one of the cold and crisp days after Christmas.

Try some of the newer flavored flour tortillas for this easy wrap sandwich. You could also use any meat; chopped ham would be delicious. (more…)

Tips for After-Christmas Shopping

December 26, 2009

Bargain hunters looking for deeply discounted Christmas items and gift recipients eager to exchange their loot for something that better fits their bodies or personalities make the day after Christmas a busy one for retailers.

With 364 shopping days until Christmas, those who work best under pressure might not have enough motivation to start shopping again on December 26, and those who overdid the holidays this year might not have enough energy, but many frugal shoppers will enjoy the after-Christmas savings if they are smart about how they shop. Next year, those smart shoppers will be able to relax and enjoy the season while others are scrambling to find the perfect gift at a much higher price and fretting about paying the bills. (more…)

MERRY CHRISTMAS

December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

From

The Sac Chef

The Sac Chef’s Christmas 2009 message

Thanks

Most importantly, a massive thank you to everyone who has supported me and my business throughout 2009, particularly my best friend, Scott who has been along side me on the roller coaster ride. I would also love to thank all of my supportive  “sales force” in BNI and the RCC. The support and networking you all did for me was “GREAT” (attn: Brian Sharp)!

It has been great getting to know some new customers this year, as well as catching up with old customers who have now become repeat customers! Champions! If you’ve been thinking about hosting a party in 2010, I’d love to hear from you, and have the opportunity to “Pamper” you something special.

I started this blog the weekend before Halloween. Since then i have created 165 posts which led to over 950 visiting readers on this website. THANK YOU all for visiting my site. This would not have been born without the special advice from John Lisle at BIZFEST and the amazing talent of Stephanie Urzi who created my brand and logo. A special thanks again to Scott Seviour, I would not be here if not for his website design work.

Have a great holiday…..Cheers!

Brian Bentzen

Have a happy Christmas eve

December 24, 2009

Well it is time to party!  I hope you have enjoyed all my holiday tips, recipes, and gift suggestions during the past month.  Please reply with any comments you have from what you learned from THE SAC CHEF.

Now… time to get ready for Santa….