28 Oct 2016

Oct 28

28 Oct 2016

***Attention former Stangl Market customers**** Blue Jingler Farm Market on Rte 579 S in Croton (just off rte 12 W, 10 min from Flemington) Has my Soups and other yummies! All of your favorites, plus Organic Basil Pesto and COW cookies! Take a ride towards Frenchtown and make a left on 579. I am really excited to hook up with my market friends again! 2 quarts of...

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This week’s News!

Oct 01

This week’s News!

I Love my new kitchen!!! A big Thank You to those of you who came to see me at the Milford Alive Festival. I made a lot of new friends and am getting ready for Fridays to be big Soup pick up days!! ****BIG NEWS FOR OTTSVILLE CLIENTS!!! Look for The Flying Avocado sign out front at Rick’s eggs! You will find my products in the freezer at Rick’s Egg Farm...

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News of the week!

Sep 17

News of the week!

I Love my new kitchen!!!   A big Thank You to those of you who ordered some of my favorite things (Tom who wanted a dozen Dirt Bombs, and my Coconut Cake Customers!) !! ****BIG NEWS FOR OTTSVILLE CLIENTS!!!  Next weekend, Look for my products in the freezer at Rick’s Egg Farm on Rte 412 !! Pesto, Bake-at-home veg tortes, quiches and more! I will be outside my...

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Moving on Again

Jul 30

Moving on Again

To paraphrase my Grandmother: when one door closes a window opens…..I have been offered to share a new commercial kitchen space in Milford NJ. From home it is ten minutes down the valley and across the river, right on Bridge (main) Street. It is a clean, bright place with retail frontage if I decide to go that route. For those of you not familiar with Milford,...

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Wrench in the Works!

Jul 07

Life has a way of throwing curve balls when you least expect one. I went to set up in my new location, have the last meeting (thinking that all of the details had been hammered out) and do some cooking in preparation for this weekend and I found out that there is a possibility that the building may be sold/put on the market. Giving up my commercial kitchen to move...

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Home Made Yogurt

Mar 18

I started making my own yogurt a long time ago, stopped, content to buy it, but have started up again out of a desire to have a local product, a better product and a cheaper product. My crock pot has been busy ever since. Crock pots are a marvel. I use mine for so many things that don’t turn into pot roast, and yogurt is definitely the best and easiest. I buy my...

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Spring is Coming, but Summer is Here!

Mar 10

Spring is Coming, but Summer is Here!

The thermometer in my car read 78* as I drove home from my many errands…today March 10th. It was as warm yesterday and will be again tomorrow. Now I know that the first day of Spring is right around the corner, but this is a little too much too soon! I am not good with abrupt change, I need to ease into things. There’s no controlling it or good in...

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2 Markets = 1 Exhausted Chef

Aug 27

I took on the Ottsville Farmer’s Market in the early days of summer thinking to expand my customer base and maybe pick up a couple of new private clients….plus it is a mile from my home (as the crow flies)….too convenient to pass up. Another advantage was the indoor air-conditioned space that I was offered and was glad to have it in those dog days...

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Baking Gluten Free!

Aug 07

Baking Gluten Free!

I am channeling my old baker roots and having a blast doing it! So many years in the bakery, back when the only time I ever heard about gluten was when ordering bread flour. Now , with so many people sensitive or allergic to gluten, the need for truly edible gluten free foods is  a major issue. I have discovered a fabulous formula for the best bread, chocolate...

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Christmas Sweets

Dec 15

Christmas Sweets

There is snow on the ground and the Thanksgiving turkey is just a memory, so that means it’s time to think about Christmas. For me, Christmas means a lot of things, but mostly good memories of baking & cookie making with Mom. She’d pull out the rusty green index card box filled with dogeared recipe cards and off we’d go. Snowballs, Jewels,...

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Soup and Time

Nov 10

Soup and Time

My life has been taken over by soup. I think about it constantly, I have ordered 4 gallon stainless steel soup pots, and 24 inch stir-spoons, and a pallet load of wide mouth Mason jars. All other items have fallen to the wayside….. Yesterday, Market day, I forgot to make sandwiches (didn’t have time for them any way) and wow, did I catch it from my pals...

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Thanksgiving Treats!

Nov 03

                   Thanksgiving Treats Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. – Edward Sandford Martin Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of all. I love the colors of Autumn, the crisp bite of chilly air in the morning, the piles of hay bales and pumpkins and fallen...

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Summer

Aug 21

Summer

Ah, the heat wave is over.It was in the 80’s today with low humidity and I finally got around to some weeding in my neglected vegetable & flower beds. What a wild jungle they have become! With all of the rain in June (over 10″) I have beautiful displays of day lilies, my trumpet vine is huge with cascading greenery that ends with a...

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The Hole in Whole Foods

Jun 24

For me, living in a somewhat remote rural area in upper Bucks County PA has far more rewards than hassles. The lack of traffic, less pollution, a bit slower pace of life, and the beauty of nature just outside my door is, by far, more preferable than the bustle of city or even suburban life. Having the nearest grocery store more than 10 miles away is a good thing in...

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Flemington Farmers Market

Apr 01

Flemington Farmers Market

                I have been enjoying my Saturdays at the Stangl Factory Farmers Market, meeting lots of new people and connecting with the public again. The life of a personal chef can be very solitary, and for as gregarious as I am in public, I am just as happy to be alone. It has always been my nature to enjoy solitude. Now...

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How to Cook Whole Grains

Feb 27

How to Cook Whole Grains

    Cooking Grains : The basics~Brown Rice, Quinoa, Farro, Kamut:  I know that a lot of you want to incorporate more whole grains in to your diet, but how to cook them? Here I will provide a couple formulas on the more common grains to get you started….after that it’s off to YouTube for you! Brown Rice: I like short grain rice for its chewy texture, but...

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The Blizzard is Coming ! The Blizzard is Coming !

Feb 08

The Blizzard is Coming ! The Blizzard is Coming !

    Well, maybe not to Upper Bucks, but New England definitely, which is where I wish I  lived anyway, so HOORAY! I love giant windy snowstorms, the kind that force the world to shut down: we have to stay home and shovel ( which I also love…what can I say I’m nuts…I am a precision snow shoveler, the sides must be straight and smooth, the...

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Thankful

Nov 19

Thankful

When I was growing up, we had Thanksgiving with my cousins on Long Island every other year. It was always a horrific holiday journey, what with the traffic, & the scariness of the the city highways with their stripped down cars and graffiti and oh, the potholes….I learned every bad word in the book on those trips to Aunt Lu and Uncle Howard’s house...

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Cape Cod & Dirt Bombs , my Favorite Things

Sep 27

        I skipped through the summer without a thought to updating the website….the idea of sitting indoors on a lovely summer day is not appealing to an outdoors-woman like me. But now it is a rainy Fall day, too cool for the hammock on the screen porch so I have no excuse!         I did manage to switch to a fall/winter menu where you will find some heartier...

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Saturday Farmer’s Market

Sep 15

I went to the Farmer’s Market in Plumsteadville on Saturday . It is a sweet little affair, complete with a small table of quilters,  a Bluegrass Band, 2 tables of fresh, local produce, local honey, some handcrafts, and a cute little girl in a NY Yankees visor selling homemade cookies. I chatted with the sheep lady about the birds using wool for their nests,...

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Some photos for You!

Jul 26

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Thoughts on Allergies….& Organics

Jul 01

It is a curious phenomenon, that of children with so many food allergies.  I hear about it all of the time, the usual suspects being peanuts, dairy, eggs & gluten (a huge problem in the adult world as well)but now the cast of characters is growing: all tree nuts,  certain vegetables, cane sugar, soy, seafood and more. It begs the question: why are so many...

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Hammock Memories

Jun 29

The afternoon heat was scorching, and I retreated to my favorite spot: my hammock on the screen porch. I set my glass of peach tea on the table where it would be reachable, turned the ceiling fan on high and climbed in. As I allowed the fan to cool me, it occurred to me that I have lazed away a good part of my life in a hammock, somewhere. When I was a child, we...

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Time for Chilled Soups!

Jun 13

Time for Chilled Soups!

July is approaching and with it inevitably comes some wicked hot weather.  Picture this: You are sitting in the shade, evening is falling, the fire flies are busy blinking their come hithers’ off and you  are as cool as can be, slurping…I mean daintily spooning into your mouth….some chilled Mango Cucumber Soup or traditional Gazpacho, or even...

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Ahhh, Colcannon

Mar 13

On a St Patrick’s Day a few years ago I made Colcannon to put in the case at work. My friend Carl talked about it, and in spite of my Irish heritage, I had never heard of it (we were far more Italian in our family). I looked it up and made a batch. As we stood around the bowl, dipping our spoons into this glorious dish, we all smiled, big smiles of yum and...

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Mild Winter

Feb 20

Mild Winter

    It seems as though we are not going to have a real winter this year.  When I walk outside, the air has a feeling of Spring: it is on the edge of warm & the birds are singing. I saw a pair of chickadees flying in and out of one of my birdhouses…are they looking to nest or just find a warm hideaway for when it does get cold? I have a lonely...

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Nest Eggs

Jan 29

Nest Eggs

  I worked for a while at a “health food store”. It was a job I enjoyed for the most part, more for the camaraderie with my co-workers (who were all so young as to seem like babies to me) than anything else. It was fun to cook for them. They were so appreciative of the foods they got to try….I was always testing recipes and needed willing tasters, of...

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The Flying Avocado has Landed!

Jan 16

Look around, there’s all kinds of fun things happening here! So, here’s the story. The Flying Avocado is a Personal Chef Service designed to provide whole healthy food for a whole healthy life…pretty catchy tag, eh? Chef  Peg (me) will whip up fabulous meals: vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy-free or whatever your preference or dietary needs...

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Almond French Toast w/ Sauteed Bananas

Jan 10

    I just had brunch with my very dear friends, Margaret and Terry.  We had Mimosas and the above mentioned french toast and Boca Breakfast Sausage and a great cup of Coffee Bean Direct Espresso!(check ’em out at https://www.facebook.com/coffeedirect or www.coffeebeandirect.com/  )what a great way to spend a Sunday! I had made some multi-grain bread...

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Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

Jan 06

For this recipe you need a food processor, it is impossible (and messy) in a blender, or to make by hand. If you do have that handiest of kitchen toys then give this pesto a try. It is so yummy and versatile, and lasts forever in the refrigerator. So, take about a cup of organic drained sun-dried tomatoes (the packed in oil kind) and toss them into the bowl of your...

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Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

Jan 06

For this recipe you need a food processor, it is impossible (and messy) in a blender, or to make by hand. If you do have that handiest of kitchen toys then give this pesto a try. It is so yummy and versatile, and lasts forever in the refrigerator. So, take about a cup of organic drained sun-dried tomatoes (the packed in oil kind) and toss them into the bowl of your...

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Bread-in-a-basket

Dec 27

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Multi-Grain Bread

Dec 27

It’s almost January, and January (and February and March….) is a perfect month for making bread. It’s cold and usually snowy, rainy or windy or all of the above. If the aforementioned weather falls on your day off, then setting some bread to rise is a wonderful way to warm up. Here we go: ½ c multigrain hot cereal 1 ½ c warm milk (or water) 1 scant...

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Christmas Traditions

Dec 21

Christmas Traditions

I remember when I was small, my Mom used to make piles of Christmas cookies: Snowballs, Jewels, Biscotti Regina, cut-out Butter Cookies, these bizarre looking chocolate-dipped peanut butter cookies that looked like giant big toes, and more. Of course we all helped by mangling the angel cut-out and piling so much colored sugar on top that your teeth hurt just looking...

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Roasted Butternut Squash w/ Apples & Red Onion

Dec 15

Roasted Butternut Squash w/ Apples & Red Onion

Ingredients: 1 medium sized butternut squash*(see note on prepping squash) 6 apples**, washed, cored and cut in 6 pc each 2 lg red onions,peeled & cut in chunks 1 whole head of garlic, cloves peeled & left whole 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil 1/2 bunch fresh rosemary, leaves stripped from twigs (set some aside to sprinkle on finished dish) Coarse sea salt to...

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Cooking in a New Kitchen!

Sep 08

Cooking in a New Kitchen!

My sister is safely back in Tenerife, and I am ready to start Cooking!  To begin, I will be cooking for my Flemington area clients Wednesday and Thursday and delivering in the late afternoon.(Keep in mind $30.00 minimum or 2 servings. For pricing go to:   http://flyingavocados.com/pricing/ ) I will be back in the shop cooking for my PA clients on Fridays. That means...

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PRICING

Jul 21

Due to the fresh nature of my products, providing an exact price for a given item is difficult and subject to market pricing. That being said here is an estimate: Muffins-$2.00ea, 12 for $10.00 Egg-based Breakfast items: Soups: between $15.00 & $18.00 per Qt Vegetable Salads: Between $10.00 & & 15.00 per Qt Entrees: between  $10.00 & $18.00 per...

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Winter 2016

Jul 15

If you don’t want to go through the whole menu, just email me at  info@flyingavocados.com  and let me know what you are craving (by a Sunday night for the following week). Don’t forget to ask me about catering your next special event! Please, when you order, be as specific as possible as to number of pieces, portions, and menu items or substitutions...

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