We take care of dinner on your busiest night... 
a home cooked meal, made from scratch 
with the freshest ingredients.
Personal Chef Services
providing Great Food 
for Busy Families.

Gift Certificates Available

Looking for a creative gift idea?
  VALENTINE'S DAY is around the corner.
Personal Chef Services make a perfect gift for the love of your life.
Available by the meal or month. 
We take care of dinner on the busiest night... 
a home cooked meal, made from scratch 
with the freshest ingredients. 
Personal Chef Services: 
providing Great Food for Busy Families.


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Dessert of the Month Delivery

...a perfect Christmas, Birthday, or Anniversary Gift.
We'll customize a gift certificate and beautifully wrap it ready to give. 
You present the gift and we schedule the perfect date, time, and dessert schedule to meet their particular sweet tooth!

Available Seasonally
$75 one dessert per month for 3 months
$$300 one dessert per month for a year

A sampling of our Desserts:
... many more are available and we love to get creative.
We'll customize our offerings to match the gift recipient's favorites!

Weeknight Dinners as a Gift

Weeknight Dinners make a perfect gift for:
  • the Holidays
  • Birthdays
  • Anniversaries
  • the busy Family 
  • a new Baby arrival
  • a medical Crisis
  • a family Moving to a new home
  • having House Guests
We customize a gift certificate and beautifully wrap it ready to give. You present the gift and we schedule a consult with your gift recipient. There we'll decide on the perfect date, time, and meal schedule to meet their particular needs.  

Available by the Meal
$25 service fee + $10 per person for Each Meal (for a family of 4, $65)
by the Month
one meal per week for a Month (for a family of 4, $260)

Winter Sweet Treats

Thinking WINTER desserts brings to mind the Holidays, gray skies, chilly evenings, fires, family, chocolate, and tart & citrus flavors. 

These are a few of my favorite wintertime treats... 
Candied Cranberries
We lovingly call these Christmas Crack! 
They are a bite of mouth watering sweet & tart.
$8 (8 oz)

Meringues with Lemon Curd
These melt in your mouth and the lemon curd is the perfect accompaniment to the sugary meringues.  
Garnished with Candied Lemon Zest & Lavender. These are also delicious with our tangy Kiwi Jam. 
Lemon Curd $12 (8 oz)
Meringues $8 per dozen

Kiwi Jam $7 (8 oz jelly jar) and $14 (half pint)

Cranberry Crumb Bars
Practically Perfect in every way... delicious.  
8" Square Serves 6

Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate Ganache
Chewy, Chocolaty Goodness
$12 per dozen

Almond Roca
A Holiday Classic and a perfect hostess or neighbor gift. 
$12 per dozen 

Most desserts can be custom labeled and packaged for gifts for an additional $3.

Don't forget to check our FALL Sweet Treats & Classic Sweet Treats, most are available year around. 

Our Desserts typically require 48 hours notice and are all homemade & delivered in Glass Pie Plates, Pans, Jars, or Platters. 
We reserve the right to gather a deposit of $10, refundable upon return of the empty dish.
To place an order, send an email

Kitchen Organizing

Sometimes it's hard to see the forest through the trees... or rather the kitchen through the clutter. 
Often it takes a new perspective to make sense of things. 
We'll help organize your kitchen and make it the workable, welcoming hub of your home's busy activities. We'll create savvy kitchen storage spaces and centers that will optimize your productivity.
  • Organize silverware, dishware and glassware at optimal locations
  • Organize drawers so you can easily find the right utensil for the right job
  • Arrange cabinets to maximize their usefulness
  • Help get rid of the stuff you don't need and get you the right tools to stay organized
  • Go through the fridge and pantry, organizing food items, tossing out the old stuff
  • Stock the kitchen with the staples you need to plan and cook for your family
  • Help create systems for your incoming and outgoing clutter, daily mail, homework, bills, etc 
The consultation & organization includes a complete walk-thru of your kitchen & dining room. We'll talk about how you work in your kitchen, talk about meal planning, and objectives for creating a foundation for function and order.
Half Day: $160
Full Day: $300
You'll be glad to get back into your reorganized kitchen!
Gift Certificates available.
Contact us today to get scheduled.

THE Best Sugar Cookies

It's the most wonderful time of the year... 
time for Holiday Baking. 
I'm pretty sure this book was originally lime green. It's been well loved and used!
In our house, our baking always begins with a big batch of Sugar Cookies. I use a recipe from the Martha Stewart Cookbook Collected Recipes for Everyday, circa 1995, page 531 called Sugar Cookies II. Over the years, I've tried every recipe on pages 530-536. Sugar Cookies II is consistently the best, easy to throw together & easy to roll out; this sort of makes or breaks a sugar cookie recipe for me. I don't have the patience for finicky dough which makes me a much better cook than baker. 

This year, I'm working my way through a collection of Culinary Institute of America books from the library. I feel that reading these is helping me become a better cook, understanding the "why" behind what I've learned to do by instinct. So, I recently checked out the CIA COOKIES Book thinking it would teach me something. 

Last night was baking night. I started the dough, not my favorite, beautiful Martha dough, but the CIA sugar cookie recipe. Big mistake. Sad. The night ended in tears, not mine but those of my children. The dough was terrible. It didn't hold together and crumbled everywhere. I went thru the recipe three times and followed it perfectly, creating bland, crumbly, ick dough. Thus, the children had no dough to roll out and no cookies to decorate. "I've been looking forward to this all day and it was going to be the best way to end our weekend, decorating cookies. And, now we just have to go to bed," said one child as they grumbled up the stairs. Boo CIA sugar cookie recipe. 

To make amends, I promised that we'd do cookies tonight. The kids made me swear to use our regular recipe, no messing around with the fancy one. And, guess what... the dough was gorgeous. I LOVE this recipe and will never, ever cheat on it again. 

Sugar Cookies II
pg. 531 The Martha Stewart Cookbook (1995)
Makes about 40 3-inch Cookies

4 1/2 cups sifted flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 375. Butter baking sheets (or just use parchment like me). Sift together the dry ingredients.
Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. I toss the butter & sugar into my standing mixer and turn it onto medium while I measure and sift the dry ingredients. I'm convinced that this long mixing is what makes these cookies perfect. Add the eggs and beat well. I add them one at a time, mix well, and scrape down the sides after each addition. Add the dry ingredients, 1 cup at a time, alternating with the milk & vanilla, beating well after each addition. I'm not a good rule follower and never measure the vanilla... I probably use at least 2 tsp and toss it in the measuring cup with the milk. Wrap and chill the dough for at least an hour. Or toss it in a zip lock bag. 

Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Roll 1 piece at a time on a floured board and cut with large cookie cutters. This is the first time I've ever read the part about the board! I just toss flour out onto my clean kitchen counter and roll away. 

Bake for 8-10 minutes... watch closely, you don't want them to brown. Cool on racks. Or slide the parchment paper sheet off the hot baking sheet and onto the counter so they quit cooking. 

Top with Royal Icing.

Royal Icing
pg. 534 The Martha Stewart Cookbook (1995)
Makes about 3/4 Cup, enough for 15-18 cookies. Martha says she makes it in small batches and color each batch with Ateco paste dyes (liquid dyes work well also.)

I've only ever used the cheapo squeeze bottles of dye that's cheap & easy to find at my grocery store. But, we do follow her advice on the small batches. 
1 cup confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
1 egg white (I bring it to room temperature)
3-4 drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice
Food Coloring

Mix the sugar, egg white, & lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth and creamy. It should have the consistency of heavy cream (you may need to add a bit more sugar). Add desired food coloring.
NOTE: If you are concerned about egg safety, substitute dried egg whites.

So, tonight's the first time I've read this recipe in about three years. I know it by heart and we don't measure, even the kids know it. We put the egg white into a glass bowl and mix it a few times. Then, start adding the powdered sugar. You can control the consistency by how much sugar you add, depending on your decorating style. Mix and mix until the sugar is all incorporated then squeeze in a few drops of lemon juice and mix again. Check the consistency. Add more sugar if you want it thicker. And if it's too thick, add another egg white & more sugar, adjust accordingly. When you're done playing in the frosting, divide it up into a few glass dishes and start adding color. I'm not a worrier so I've never considered substituting dried egg whites. 

The perfect thing about Royal Icing is that it dries hard just like the big pink cookies at Nordstrom. So, if you are so inclined, you can go back and add more decorations, like colorful little dots for "Christmas Ornaments" on the Christmas Tree cookies. And, you can stack 'em and not mess 'em up. They can easily be slid into baggies for lunchtime treats. If you want to "properly" ice the cookies, you could pipe the edge, then flood the cookie with the icing. We've never done that. It sounds fancy but time consuming. Remember, we have short attentions spans around here! 

These really are THE Best Sugar Cookies. Make them!
Here's what we did tonight. Tomorrow we have 3 dozen more to decorate. 
The kids named this image "Happy Quackmas"
Yes, we love our Ducks!

Molasses Cookies

image courtesy of www.marthastewart.com

Molasses Cookies
These Molasses Cookies are Soft & Chewy and DELICIOUS...
think Monster Molasses Cookies @Starbucks.

Made to Order:
per dozen

Pumpkin Goodness

During the Holiday Season, we love all things Pumpkin!
Here are a few of our favorite Pumpkin Things...

Pumpkin Bread
I've used Martha Stewart's classic recipe for over 15 years,
it's a seasonal favorite in our house.
One Loaf
Pumpkin Cupcakes
An accidental Delicious Treat. 
We were making mini cupcakes and had some extra batter. 
I tossed in some canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, & a splash of maple syrup. The outcome was near perfection. We've adjusted our recipe a few times and it's now perfect topped with
our Maple Cream Cheese Frosting & a sprinkling of chopped Candied Walnuts.
3 Dozen Mini Cupcakes or a Dozen Standard Cupcakes

 image courtesy of www.thepioneerwoman.com
Thanks to Bobby Flay & Ree Drummond for this new addition to our repertoire. I thought this was something brand new and unique, but after a quick google search, I've realized that I'm the only person on the planet who has just now found this heavenly dessert. This version is a bit labor & time intensive but Oh. So. Good. You should really let us make it for you. We'll deliver a whole pan with the Creme Anglaise on the side.  
9x13 Pan 
Pumpkin Cake
This is simply to-die-for. 
It's perfect for a potluck dinner or a nice switch up to classic Pumpkin Pie... delicious on it's own or with a scoop of Ice Cream or Whipped Cream.
9x13 Pan

Most Desserts require 48 hours notice. Our Desserts are all homemade & delivered in Glass Pie Plates, Pans, Jars, or Platters. We reserve the right to gather a deposit of $10, refundable upon return of the empty dish.
To place an order, send an email