Category Archives: Dinner Party

California Sushi Roll Recipe

I love a California Roll.  It’s much easier to make than  you think.

For the Sushi Rice

2 cups Japanese short or medium grain rice 
2 1/2 cups cold water

5 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt 

Wash the rice with cold water until the water runs clear. Drain well. If you have a rice maker, follow rice maker instructions (add 2 cups rice and 2 1/2 cups water) and cook on the white rice setting or follow stove-top directions on rice package ,which is usually 4 cups water to 2 cups rice.

When rice is cooked, transfer to a large bowl and break it up to get rid of all the hot clumps. Let the rice cool. Rice should still be warm when you stir in your sushi vinegar.

1/2 lb Imitation crab meat
1 Avocado, ripe but firm
1/2 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced into long julienne strips
Toasted Nori Seaweed

A sushi rolling mat I buy mine at Nam-Hai. Plastic wrap to cover the mat.  If you don’t have a sushi mat, try using parchment paper instead.

Assembling your California Rolls:

Wrap your Sushi mat in plastic wrap before using it (this makes it re-useable and you don’t even have to wash it!).Fold the pieces of nori in half to split them. Spread generous handful of rice onto nori.  Keep hands we to spread rice evenly.

Place your fillings across the center of your nori lengthwise (don’t overfill or the roll won’t seal).


Start rolling using your matt to firmly keep the roll in place. Apply some pressure to make a tight roll. If its not tight enough, it will be difficult to cut. 

Run your sharp knife through a damp paper towel before slicing so the rice won’t stick as much. Cut the roll in half, then line the two halves up and slice into even 1-inch rings. I have found that it slices easier when you slice quickly.


Soy sauce 
Wasabi paste or wasabi powder
For spicy mayo: Mayonnaise -1 Tbsp and Sriracha hot chili sauce – 1 tsp (or more!)

Panzanella Salad Recipe

Panzanella or panmolle is a Tuscan salad of bread and fresh Summer tomatoes that includes onions, capers and basil, dressed with olive oil and vinegar.  

Panzanella Salad
Serves 12
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
226 calories
23 g
0 g
13 g
5 g
2 g
138 g
524 g
3 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226
Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 524mg
Total Carbohydrates 23g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  2. 1 small French bread or boule, cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups)
  3. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 2 large, ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
  5. 1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  6. 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  7. 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  8. 1/2 red onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
  9. 20 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  10. 3 tablespoons capers, drained
For the Vinaigrette
  1. 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  2. 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  3. 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  4. 1/2 cup good olive oil
  5. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan. Add the bread and salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 10 minutes, or until nicely browned. Add more oil as needed.
  2. For the vinaigrette, whisk together the ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper, red onion, basil, and capers. Add the bread cubes and toss with the vinaigrette. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Serve, or allow the salad to sit for about half an hour for the flavors to blend.
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa
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Beef Bourguignon Recipe

My first attempt at Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon.  This recipe is so tender and flavored well.

Beef Bourguignon
Serves 4
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
5 hr
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
5 hr
1391 calories
55 g
333 g
62 g
119 g
23 g
1279 g
951 g
23 g
0 g
32 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1391
Calories from Fat 557
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 62g
Saturated Fat 23g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 28g
Cholesterol 333mg
Sodium 951mg
Total Carbohydrates 55g
Dietary Fiber 9g
Sugars 23g
Protein 119g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 6 slices bacon, cut
  2. 3 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 3 pounds stewing beef, cut into 2-inch chunks
  4. 1 large carrot, sliced
  5. 1 large white onion, sliced
  6. 1 pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  7. 2 tablespoons flour
  8. 3 cups red wine
  9. 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups beef stock
  10. 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  11. 2 cloves smashed garlic
  12. 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  13. 1 crumbled bay leaf
  14. 18 to 24 small pearl onions
  15. 3 1/2 tablespoon butter
  16. 1 herb bouquet (4 sprigs parsley, 2 sprigs thyme, 1 bay leaf)
  17. 1pound fresh white mushrooms, quartered
  1. Simmer bacon in 4 cups water for 10 minutes. Drain and pat dry.Preheat oven to 450°F. In a large dutch oven, sauté the bacon in 1 tablespoon of oil for about 3 minutes, until it starts to lightly brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Dry the beef in paper towels for better browning. In batches, sear the beef on all sides in the Dutch oven. Set aside with the bacon.
  3. Back in the pot, add the sliced carrots and onions; sauté in fat until browned, about 3 minutes. If there's any excess fat, drain. Add the bacon and beef back to the pot. Season with 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper. Toss. Sprinkle with flour and toss once more. Place in the center of the oven for 4 minutes.
  4. Remove pot from oven; toss beef and place back in the oven for 4 more minutes. Remove the pot from the oven and reduce the heat to 325°F. To the pot add the wine and stock. The liquid should barely cover the meat and vegetables. Add the tomato paste, garlic and thyme.
  5. Bring to a light simmer on the stove, then cover and simmer in the lower part of the oven for 3 to 4 hours, or until the meat is easily pierced
Adapted from tbsp.
Adapted from tbsp.
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Sample Dinner Party Menu

“Preston Cooks For You did a wonderful job with our dinner party for 10 people. He was easy to work with and professional and the food was delicious! All of our guests wanted to know where we found this fabulous chef and to hire him for themselves.”

Meghan N.

The price for a plated dinner party varies according to your customized menu selection. Below are just a few of the numerous menus that we will create together*.  

Dinner with Friends: $69
Spanakopita with Tzatziki
Orange, Radish & Mint Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette 
Moroccan Beef Stew served over Herb and Citrus Couscous
Hummus and Naan 
Moroccan Chocolate Cake 

Roasted Rack of Lamb with Blood Orange Sauce

Romantic Night at Home: $79/person
Coeur a la Creme with Mango Chutney &
Rosemary Crackers
Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms
Salad or Choice of Soup
Pan Seared Duck Breast w/ Plum Sauce
Roasted Butternut Squash
Sautéed Swiss Chard 
Ginger Chocolate Cake w/Bourbon Sauce

Special Occasion: $89/person
Signature Marshall Crab Puffs
Goat Cheese Truffles 
Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Spicy Sunflower Salad w/Carrot Sriracha Vinaigrette
Braised Short Ribs w/Chimichuri
Parsnip Puree
Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Cheesecake w/Macerated Berries

Taxes are included.  *Prices are subject to change based on menu selection. Additional charges may apply for equipment rental

A 50% Deposit is required at Contract Signing. If a problem or cancellation arises, we ask that you cancel your order 24 hours prior to your event. If you fail to cancel within that time period, your deposit becomes non-refundable.

Add $250 Gratuity for dinner service on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve 

Corporate Breakfast Menu

Preston Cooks for You is happy to cater your next morning event with delicious breakfast catering. Menu items can be tailored to meet your specific tastes. Breakfast catering is a great solution for morning conferences and monthly business meetings.  From Fresh Pastries and Coffee to delectable Quiches and Frittatas, choose Preston Cooks to make your morning spectacular. 

Minimum of 25

Continental Breakfast:

Assorted Pastries, Muffins and Scones Served  with Fresh Fruit 
$9.99 Per Person

Add bagels and Cream Cheese $1.49/person

Country Style Breakfast

Scrambled Eggs, Sausage Links or Ham, Hash Browns, Biscuits and Fresh Fruit and Assorted Jellies and Jams
$10.99 Per Person

  • Add Sausage Gravy $.49 Per Person

 Meat Lovers Breakfast Bar

Bacon, Ham and Sausage Served with Scrambled Eggs, Hash Browns, Fresh Fruit and Muffins 
$11.99 Per Person


Choose any Assortment with or without Meat, Fresh Fruit and Assorted Muffins
$10.49 Per Person
Substitute Quiche$10.99 Per Person

Ala Carte Items
 Orange Juice, Cranberry Juice or Apple Juice. Includes cups  $9.99/Gallon
Biscuits $.99/ Per Person
Muffins $1.29 Per Person
Assorted Pastries $1.29 Per Person
Yogurt Parfaits $2.49 Per Person
Granola Bars $1.99 Per Person
Coffee  100 cup $69.99
50 cup $39.99
Includes, cups, stir sticks, sugar and cream  
$1.50 service charge per person, for Plates, Cutlery and Napkins.