“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.”
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 Stewserved over Herb and Citrus Couscous
Hummus and Naan
Moroccan Chocolate Cake
Romantic Night at Home: $79/person
Coeur a la Creme with Mango Chutney &
Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms
Salad or Choice of Soup
Pan Seared Duck Breast w/ Plum Sauce
Roasted Butternut Squash
Sautéed fresh Swiss Chard
Ginger Chocolate Cake w/Bourbon Sauce
Taxes are included. *Prices are subject to change based on menu selection. Additional charges may apply for equipment rental.
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Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Crank up the heat a bit and throw in the spinach. Stir around and cook for a couple of minutes until the spinach wilts. Remove the spinach from the skillet and put it in a small strainer. Squeeze the excess juice back into the skillet. Set the spinach aside.
Throw in the artichokes and cook over medium high heat for several minutes, until liquid is cooked off and artichokes start to get a little color. Remove the artichokes.
In the same skillet or a different pot, melt 3 additional tablespoons of butter and whisk in 3 tablespoons of flour until it makes a paste. Cook over medium-low heat for a minute or two, then pour in milk. Stir and cook until slightly thickened; splash in more milk if needed.
Add cream cheese, feta, Parmesan, pepper jack, and cayenne and stir until cheese are melted and sauce is smooth. Chop artichokes and spinach and add to the sauce. Stir to combine.
Pour into buttered baking dish. Top with extra grated pepper jack and bake at 375 for 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
A flatbread is a bread made with flour, water and salt, and then rolled into flattened dough. Many flatbreads are unleavened—made without yeast—although some are slightly leavened, such as pita bread and naan.
Naan, nan or khamiri is a leavened, oven-baked flatbread found in the cuisines of West, Central and South Asia.
Flatbread was already known in Ancient Egypt, the Sumerians discovered that edible grains could be mashed into a paste and then baked/hardened into a flatbread.
Jewish matza is an unleavened bread (such as matzoh which is not prepared with leavening agents) are usually flatbreads and hold special religious significance to adherents of Judaism and Christianity.
1 teaspoon active dry yeast (not instant active dry yeast or rapid-rise yeast)
3 teaspoons sugar, divided
2 cups all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled off with a knife, plus more for rolling
1 teaspoon salt
Heaping 1/2 teaspoon anise seeds (optional)
3 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons melted salted butter, for brushing on finished naans
In a medium bowl, dissolve the active dry yeast and 1 teaspoon of the sugar with 3/4 cup warm water (about 100°F). Let it sit until frothy, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 teaspoons of sugar, flour, salt and anise seeds (if using). Set aside.
Once the yeast is frothy, add the yogurt and olive oil to it and whisk to combine. Pour the yogurt mixture into the dry ingredients and mix the dough together with a fork. When the dough is about to come together, dust your hand with flour and knead gently into a soft, slightly sticky dough. As soon as it comes together, stop kneading. Lightly oil or spray a clean bowl with nonstick cooking spray (the bowl should be large enough to allow the dough to double in size). Transfer the dough to the prepared bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel. Let sit in a warm place for 1.5-3 hours, or until about doubled in size (hint: the warmer the spot, the faster the dough will rise).
Fill a small bowl with about 1/2 cup flour. Dust a work surface with some of the flour and dump the dough on top. Sprinkle some of the flour on top of the dough and on your hands. Shape the dough into a long rectangle and cut into 6 equal portions, dusting with more flour as necessary so the dough doesn't stick. Roll each portion of dough in the bowl of flour to keep them from sticking.
Warm a large cast iron or heavy nonstick pan over medium-high heat until very hot. Using a rolling pin, roll one of the dough balls into an oval shape about 1/8-inch thick (it should be about 9 inches x 4 inches). Pick up the dough and flip-flop it back and forth between your hands to release any excess flour; then gently lay the dough in the dry skillet and cook until the top is bursting with air bubbles and the bottom is golden and blackened in spots, a few minutes. Flip the naan and cook about 1-2 minutes more until the the bottom is lightly browned and blistered in spots. Remove the naan from the skillet and brush with melted butter. Place the naan in a tea towel-lined dish to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining naans, adjusting the heat lower if necessary as you go. Serve warm.
Place the cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whip until it is firm like whipped cream. On low speed, slowly add the cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Beat on high speed until the mixture is very thick.
Line a 6-inch 6-inch sieve with a few layers of cheesecloth, allowing the excess to drape over the sides. Pour the cream mixture into the cheesecloth and smooth the top. Fold the excess cheesecloth over the top of the cream. Place the mold on a plate or suspend the sieve over a small bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
When ready to serve, unmold the creme upside down onto a plate and pour the chutney over the top, allowing it to drip down the sides. Serve chilled with crackers.
1 cup stout/dark beer (I prefer to use Marshall Big Jamoke Porter)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
Preheat oven to 400 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.Combine crab meat, Swiss cheese, chives,Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, lemon juice, and dill weed in a bowl. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt butter, beer, salt, and lemon pepper. Bring to a boil. Add flour, remove from heat, and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon. Return to heat. Continue to beat until a dough ball forms. Remove from heat.
Add eggs to dough, one at a time, beating vigorously after each addition until well-combined.Fold crab mixture into dough.Pour puff dough into a large zip-top bag, squeeze out the air, and seal. Cut about 1/3-inch from one corner of the bag.
Pipe dough onto baking sheets into mounds about 1-1/2 inches in diameter.Bake crab puffs 25 to 30 minutes until crispy and golden brown. May be served warm or at room temperature.