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Making Family Menus with Heart

Feb 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day isn’t just candy hearts and candlelight dinners (although those things are always fun!) It’s also taking good care of the people you love. February is American Heart Month, which makes it a great time to make some heart-healthy changes to your family meal plan. I love it when you can make healthy changes […]

Winter Comfort Foods That Won’t Wreck Your Resolution

Jan 31, 2018

When it’s cold and blustery outside, we crave comfort – which means comfort food, too. Unfortunately, that often means foods full of fat, sugar and processed ingredients. But food doesn’t have to be bad for your body to be good for your soul. We believe nutritious, delicious food made from wholesome fresh ingredients is the […]

Keep It Cozy: Why a Small Party Can Make a Big Impression

Jan 17, 2018

When you’re hosting a party, you want it to be an event everyone will remember. But “Go big or go home!” isn’t always best. Ironically, it’s often smaller, more intimate gatherings which make the biggest impression on guests. Here are three good reasons why you might want to keep things cozy at your next get-together. […]

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The Secret to Rocking Your Resolutions

Jan 8, 2018

It’s hard to stick to your New Year’s resolutions. You have the best of intentions, but life gets busy. If you had all the time in the world, you would get to the gym, prepare healthy meals, and learn how to speak Spanish. But time is a commodity these days. It’s rare that we have […]

Healthy Baking Recipes

4 Essential Ingredients for Healthy Holiday Baking

Dec 12, 2017

Are you excited for holiday baking season? I sure am! I love cookies, brownies, and festive treats. But I don’t love all the excess sugar, gluten, and dairy that come along with them. These ingredients don’t always agree with me, so I stock my pantry with healthier alternatives to make wholesome desserts and snacks. It’s […]

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Top 4 Party Food Trends for the Holiday Season

Nov 29, 2017

You’re still finishing up your Thanksgiving leftovers—but the holiday season is just getting started! With December on our heels, it’s time to start planning those all-important holiday parties. The holidays are an opulent season, so there’s no better way to celebrate than with stylish food and drink. From locally sourced fare to exquisitely paired wines, […]

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3 Ways to Reduce Stress this Holiday Season

Nov 15, 2017

Stuck in line at the DMV? Come down with a nasty cold? Watch another piece of upsetting news? Sometimes life hits us…hard! In today’s crazy world it’s easy to be drawn to all the negativity that surrounds us. But even when we’re feeling completely anxious and overwhelmed, we all still have so much to be […]

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4 Ways to Simplify Your Thanksgiving Strategy

Nov 1, 2017

Happy November! Can you believe Turkey Day is right around the corner? Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, mostly because it’s all about the food! I also love it because it provides a rare opportunity to see my family and friends from all over the country. Though the holidays are a time of celebration […]

One-pan meals

One Pot. One Pan. Four Easy Recipes.

Oct 18, 2017

What are you going to make for dinner tonight? During the busy days of summer, I prepared a lot of refreshing and stylish salads for my clients. In the fall and winter, it’s not always as easy, as hearty roasted meats and root vegetables tend to take longer to cook. But they’re not any more […]

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Too Stressed to Host a Party? Enlist Our Catering Services!

Oct 4, 2017

Are you already overwhelmed by your holiday plans? Or are you stressing over ways to celebrate your husband’s 40th birthday—which happens to fall just three days before Thanksgiving? Hosting a memorable party is hard. And the holiday season makes it even more difficult to throw a sophisticated and personalized affair. Inviting guests, accommodating food allergies, […]

Healthy recipes

2 Powerful Ingredients + 6 Healthy Recipes

Sep 20, 2017

I’m always looking for new ways to add healthy ingredients to my meals. Lately, I’ve been working with matcha green tea powder and fresh ginger. Not only are they both highly nutritious, but they also impart unique flavors to anything you add them to. Below are just a few of the benefits of matcha and […]

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Snack Attack! Creative Snacks Are the Latest Food Trend

Sep 6, 2017

You ate breakfast this morning and had a decent lunch at noon, but by 3:00, you find yourself dreaming of dinner. You need a snack–but don’t reach for something unhealthy! Here at Secret Ingredient, we’re on top of the latest trends in food and cooking. We’ve noticed that grazing throughout the day is becoming more […]

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The Back-to-School Meal Deal That Will Save You Time

Aug 23, 2017

I had a really fun summer! And it’s not quite over yet. I have a trip to the Canadian Rockies coming up—and I plan on hiking, unplugging and connecting with nature. But I know that when the trip ends, it’s back to hustle mode! Getting back to school and a routine after a relaxing, sunny […]

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Simple Vegetable Recipes for Summer Garden Ingredients

Aug 9, 2017

If your summer vegetable garden is progressing like mine, you’re probably up to your ears in zucchini and tomatoes by now. But there’s only so much zucchini bread you can make before you start pawning off the bounty on neighbors, friends and family. What’s an overwhelmed gardener to do? At Secret Ingredient, we’re cooking up […]

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How to Cook Swiss Chard

Jul 26, 2017

If you’re trying to incorporate more leafy green vegetables into your diet, you may be feeling a little bored with spinach and kale. Besides lettuce, what other leafy greens are there? The answer to your veggie blues may be Swiss chard! Chard is often overlooked. Which is too bad, because it’s incredibly diverse, super easy […]

Travel Snacks

7 Travel Snacks and Food To Go!

Jul 12, 2017

Going on vacation? Traveling someplace fabulous? Headed to the beach for a weekend away? No matter your summer plans, you’re going to need something to eat. In case you haven’t heard, Secret Ingredient prepares travel snacks and food to go. We usually cook in your home–and we still do. The difference is we can pack […]

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Healthy Grocery List + Get a Free Meal

Jun 28, 2017

Are you always reaching for the same few ingredients at the grocery store? What’s on your healthy grocery list? Boxed salad, broccoli, apples…and out the door you go? It’s always a good idea to have your favorites on hand. But summer is no time to stick strictly to a routine—because there is such an array […]

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The Best Party Food to Serve at an Outdoor Event

Jun 21, 2017

4th of July is the highlight of summer! From the beach to the backyard, food to fireworks, it’s a day of celebration, excitement and outdoor time. While gatherings are always better in the sunshine, there are important factors to consider when planning your party food meals and platters. The type of menu you’d traditionally serve […]

Vacation Meals

The Secret to Great Vacation Meals (Hint: They’re Not From a Restaurant!)

Jun 14, 2017

It’s summertime and I’m ready to hit the beach! I have such fond memories of trips to the beach when I was a kid, and I love taking weekend trips there with family and friends now, too. The one thing I don’t love about beach vacations? Dealing with the food. After a few hours of […]

Father's Day

6 Ideas for Father’s Day Foodie Gifts + Our Favorite Chicken Recipe

Jun 7, 2017

Dads can be hard to shop for, especially if they already seem to have everything. But if your father is a hobbyist in food, beverages or grilling, the list of gifts he’ll appreciate is endless. With Father’s Day coming up, now is the time to start brainstorming the perfect gift for the man in your […]

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Private Chef vs. Personal Chef: What’s the Difference?

May 31, 2017

If you’re looking to hire a chef, it’s important to understand exactly what your needs are. Before you perform a Google search, familiarizing yourself with a few key culinary terms can ensure you find the right professional for you. See, when you become a chef you have many options. You can work as a: Personal […]

Easy Grill Recipes

Easy Grill Recipes: Go Beyond Burgers

May 24, 2017

Memorial Day is the official kickoff to summer. And there’s no better way to celebrate than with easy grill recipes. It’s likely that most of the barbecues in town will feature hot dogs and hamburgers with the traditional fixins. While everyone loves these all-American favorites, why not try something new this year—and raise the bar […]

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Curious About the Paleo Diet? Here’s Why I (and My Clients) Love It

May 17, 2017

One of the most important ways a personal chef can support you is by working with your diet. Whether you’ve been wanting to try a new regimen or have been following one for years, a personal chef should be able to accommodate your needs. At Secret Ingredient, we get a lot of requests for the […]

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The Key to an Epic Graduation Party

May 10, 2017

If you’re celebrating your high school or college grad, there’s a lot of pressure to impress. Memories of the day will last a lifetime, so you want to ensure the event exceeds expectations. Our secret? Select a simple theme and bring it to life with stylish graduation party food and decorations.    No matter if […]

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7 Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas + The Perfect Present

May 3, 2017

Right now you’re probably looking for the best brunch reservation in Pennsylvania. Maybe you’ve bookmarked a few fancy options, but the prix-fixe menus and inflated prices seem so…impersonal. You want Mom to feel comfortable, and you want the day to reflect all of her favorites. So why not celebrate at home? We have plenty of […]

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The Best Method for Cooking Spaghetti Squash

Apr 26, 2017

It’s spaghetti squash mania in my kitchen right now! As the weather warms up in Pennsylvania, I’m loving thin strands of spaghetti squash as an alternative to heavy pasta dishes. And my gluten-free clients can’t seem to get enough. While you may be hesitant to trade your traditional plate of spaghetti for squash, consider this: […]

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Your Pennsylvania CSA Guide + FREE Mini Cookbook

Apr 19, 2017

Grilled steak Florentine with spicy arugula Snap pea salad with sherry vinaigrette Asparagus with chicken in lemon and garlic… Is your mouth watering yet? Spring and summer offer promises of farm fresh produce, and the seasons always deliver here in Pennsylvania. We’re lucky we have an abundance of small, local farms in our area so […]

spring lamb

All About Lamb: How to Select, Prepare and Enjoy It This Spring

Apr 12, 2017

Spring lamb is finally here! As a chef with Greek roots, this is my all-time favorite type of meat–and it’s a must on Easter Sunday. When preparing spring lamb, it’s best to keep it simple. It is, after all, a very flavorful meat. In my family, we stick to the basics with olive oil, salt, […]

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How to Do a Spring Cleanse Without Going Hungry

Apr 5, 2017

Spring means it’s time to ditch the heavy comfort foods and enjoy lighter, more refreshing fare. With produce like strawberries, spinach and lettuce in season, there’s plenty to eat without missing the mac ‘n cheese too much. Cleanses are popular this time of year, but extreme measures like the Master Cleanse or juice fasting are […]

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A Healthy Breakfast Recipe in 5 Minutes or Less

Mar 22, 2017

Mornings can be so stressful. You’re juggling sandwiches for school lunches, checking emails and taking the dog around the block, all while rushing to get out of the door on time. A frantic start to your day can make preparing a healthy breakfast seem like an impossible task. It gets even more complicated if you […]