Tips for keeping your family and your turkey safe!

Tips for keeping your family and your turkey safe!

#ChefLynn #CustomGourmetSolutions #AChefsLife #UrbanMasterGardenerChefLynn #thanksgiving2015

#ChefLynn #CustomGourmetSolutions #AChefsLife #UrbanMasterGardenerChefLynn #thanksgiving2015

My Soul Sisters and I are celebrating the 17th anniversary of our bookclub, Mind and Soul Alliance at our annual retreat..This year at Lake Hartwell. Meals are provided by yours truly..#ChefLynn ..Friday dinner was a pasta bar with many toppings to choose from..it was all deelish! #CustomGourmetSolutions #AChefsLife #UrbanFarmerChefLynn #ItsAllAboutLayeringFlavors #PastaBar #MindandSoulBookclub

My Soul Sisters and I are celebrating the 17th anniversary of our bookclub, Mind and Soul Alliance at our annual retreat..This year at Lake Hartwell. Meals are provided by yours truly..#ChefLynn ..Friday dinner was a pasta bar with many toppings to choose from..it was all deelish!  #CustomGourmetSolutions #AChefsLife #UrbanFarmerChefLynn #ItsAllAboutLayeringFlavors #PastaBar #MindandSoulBookclub

Today's cooking class at John's Creek Sr. Ctr. Was all about cooking with Fall's harvest. We prepared roasted parsnip & butternut squash soup..acorn squash stuffed with quinoa and spinach.. and spaghetti squash with garlic roasted shrimp. It was all deelish! #ChefLynn #CustomGourmetSolutions #AChefsLife #UrbanFarmerChefLynn #ItsAllAboutLayeringFlavors

Today's cooking class at John's Creek Sr. Ctr. Was all about cooking with Fall's harvest. We prepared roasted parsnip & butternut squash soup..acorn squash stuffed with quinoa and spinach.. and spaghetti squash with garlic roasted shrimp. It was all deelish! #ChefLynn #CustomGourmetSolutions #AChefsLife #UrbanFarmerChefLynn #ItsAllAboutLayeringFlavors

In observation of National Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month, I am presenting 'Eating and Drinking your Colors' (one of my signature classes) for maximum health benefits #ChefLynn #CustomGourmetSolutions #AChefsLife #Farmer-ChefLynn #EatAndDrinkYourColors

In observation of National Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month, I am presenting 'Eating and Drinking your Colors' (one of my signature classes) for maximum health benefits #ChefLynn #CustomGourmetSolutions #AChefsLife #Farmer-ChefLynn #EatAndDrinkYourColors

Completed an EXCELLENT tour at the Carlos Museum at Emory Univ. guided by Brother Runoko Rashidi where we viewed artifacts from the the African Dynasties.. #KnowYourHistory #KnowledgeisPower #ImAHistoryNerd #ChefLynn #CustomGourmetSolutions #AChefsLife

Completed an EXCELLENT tour at the Carlos Museum at Emory Univ. guided by Brother Runoko Rashidi where we viewed artifacts from the the African Dynasties.. #KnowYourHistory #KnowledgeisPower #ImAHistoryNerd #ChefLynn #CustomGourmetSolutions #AChefsLife

As a Master Gardener I was recently asked to teach at the kids garden at Lanier Community Garden this summer. They were all excited to sow their seeds in their own individual beds. I too am excited that I get to work with the kids and help them 'sow' their love of gardening.#ChefLynn #CustomGourmetSolutions #AChefsLife #Farmer-ChefLynn #Farm2Table #Seed2Plate #IGetItFromMyBigMama

As a Master Gardener I was recently asked to teach at the kids garden at Lanier Community Garden this summer.  They were all excited to sow their seeds in their own individual beds. I too am excited that I get to work with the kids and help them 'sow' their love of gardening.#ChefLynn #CustomGourmetSolutions #AChefsLife #Farmer-ChefLynn #Farm2Table #Seed2Plate #IGetItFromMyBigMama

Healthy Sunday lunch! #ChefLynn #CustomGourmetSolutions #AChefsLife #zucchini #yellowsquash #artichokehearts #blackolive #deelish

Healthy Sunday lunch! #ChefLynn #CustomGourmetSolutions #AChefsLife #zucchini #yellowsquash #artichokehearts #blackolive #deelish

Chef G. Garvin – He’s Back!

Georgia Road Trip

Recently I was invited to attend a private viewing of Chef G. Garvin’s new cooking show Georgia Road Trip which will premiere on Sunday, August 28, 2011 on the Cooking Channel.

I was over the top excited about the opportunity to personally meet Chef Garvin as he has been one of my favorite chefs for years (and not to mention…my make-believe boyfriend). His cookbooks are one of my main go to sources for menu development.

As cheerful and accessible as he is dynamic, Chef Garvin will be a welcomed addition to the Cooking Channel as he travels through Georgia exploring the tastes of the south.  He will be taking us on a culinary journey from Atlanta to Savannah visiting family farms, favorite local BBQ shacks, and shrimp boats. I can hardly wait for the premiere.  Don’t forget to tune-in or set your DVR.

Georgia Road Trip premieres Sunday night at 8PM EST on the Cooking Channel with repeats listed below. 

Monday, August 29th at 12am (EST)

 Friday, September 2nd at 10pm (EST)

 Saturday, September 3rd at 2am and 9am (EST)

 Sunday, September 4th at 5pm (EST)

 Wednesday, September 7th at 9pm (EST)

 Thursday, September 8th at 1am (EST)

 Sunday, September 11th at 7am (EST)

 Monday, September 12th at 8pm (EST)

 Tuesday, September 13th at 12am (EST)

 Special thanks to Chef G. Garvin for returning to TV with such an anticipated new cooking show, and to Coca-Cola and Remy Martin for sponsoring the event and inviting Blogalicious bloggers.

Herb and Fruit Vinegars

I’m hoping that you enjoyed my previous tips on preparing herb butters and oil.  I love preparing them both. Today’s recipe is on another one of my favorites: preparing flavored vinegars.

Seasoned vinegar is especially useful for making marinades and salad dressing due to its deeply infused flavors.

Herb or fruit flavored vinegar may be made by combining in sterilized jars or bottles:

  • 1 cup fresh herbs or fruit (bruise slightly to release their oils) or 1 to 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped herbs and
  • 2 cups of white or red wine vinegar (It’s important to find a high-quality white or red wine vinegar to start with, one with minimal levels of ethyl acetate, the compound that shows up in lesser-quality vinegars.)

Tightly cap the container and set aside to steep in a warm place for about two weeks checking daily. Strain and discard herbs. Repeat with fresh herbs/fruit for richer flavor. Decant into sterilized jars or bottles with a tight-fitting cap.

You can also add vinegar and herbs or fruit to a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and slowly cook two minutes. Strain through a coffee filter inside a strainer and store.

Typical herbs to use singly or in a combination are: basil, dill tarragon, rosemary, celery seed, cranberry, mustard seed.

Add a couple of sprigs of herbs or a few seeds to the final product for a festive-looking bottle.  Remember to keep away from direct sunlight.

Some flavors to try:

  • Apple Spice
  • Tarragon
  • Raspberry, Nectarines, Peaches or Mangoes
  • Lemon
  • Garlic Chive

Have you ever made your own flavored vinegar? What has been your favorite flavor? Any particular tips to impart?

Chef Lynn Ware is a private/personal chef specializing in healthy cooking, culinary educator, and food blogger. Chef Lynn offers: Corporate Cooking Classes, Group Cooking Parties, Private Cooking Lessons and Gourmet Catering. Contact Chef Lynn (ChefLynn@ChefLynn.com) for additional information.

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