Your Personal Chef Adventure with Margaret

Thanks for your interest in my personal chef services: at this time I’m not taking on new clients. Blessings to you.

For the Fort Collins, northern Colorado area and special occasions elsewhere: Busy Family, Special Diets, Special Occasions, during Health Challenges, and Oh My what a Wonderful Gift!

Margaret has 25 years professional cooking experience, including classical French working apprenticeship, natural foods high altitude bakery development, international and American regional cuisine menu design, banquet and catering facilitation, and was owner/chef of Crazy Mama’s Beautiful Foods catering company, specializing in vegetarian gourmet cuisine. She’s been a cooking class instructor at Whole Foods, Alfalfa’s, The Cupboard, Gardens on Spring Creek and a variety of other venues. Her cuisine has won awards and appeared in Vegetarian Times, Colorado Home and Lifestyle and in a cooking column for the Front Range’s Healing Path Magazine. She currently writes her own blog at Pachamama’s Beautiful Food. Margaret lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Lemon Feta Lollipops
  • Vegetarian and Gluten Free Specialties
  • World Beat Cuisine
  • Special Occasions, Special Diets and Everyday Gourmet
  • Menu is designed with Margaret and client
  • Deposit required based on estimated costs
  • Margaret shops and brings everything to your home
  • Client pays for all groceries and supplies
  • All cooking is prepared in your home kitchen
    ~ Kitchen must be adequate for menu desired ~
    Cost per shopping and labor hour is 25.00
    Total cost due at end of service day

YOUR PERSONAL CHEF ADVENTURE:  Every recipe made with LOVE! If you want to hang out in the kitchen with Margaret, it’ll be fun! (Just stay out of her way when she’s whirling about, creating magical food for you!! ) Margaret likes to shop locally, farmer’s markets, organic, as you might imagine. We’ll talk about your preferences when we connect. Just fill in the contact form at the bottom of this page, and we’ll be designing your menus in no time!

Menu Ideas:  A Sampling of Recipes
Thai Green Curry with fresh basil, cilantro, ginger and coconut dip~outrageous!
Black Bean  Feta Dip with fresh oregano
Fresh Herbs Pesto “Sour Cream” Dip
Quechuan Style Ginger Avocado Dip
Guacamole Stuffed Roma Tomatoes
Hummus~ roast pepper, artichoke, olive, oil free
One Kick and Two Kick Chipotle Tomato Salsas
Tomatillo Green Apple Salsa
Cilantro Roast Pepper Salsa
Vegetarian nori rolls  w/mixed grain rice, avocado, cucumber, red pepper, tofu
Vegetarian fresh spring rolls assorted fillings spicy peanut (or cashew butter) sauce
Couscous, artichoke and feta stuffed grape leaves
Cabbage rolls   sour cream mushroom sauce
Mini green chili jack cheese crustless quiche    Mini roast red pepper feta crustless quiche
Fresh basil and gorgonzola stuffed new potato
Cheddar, scallion and red pepper stuffed new potato
Spinach, sun-dried tomato and roast garlic stuffed mushroom
Falafel stuffed mushroom w/tahini sauce on shredded lettuce
Jalapeno cream cheese stuffed vegetable crown
Cheese stuffed Italian sausage meatballs
French green lentil walnut pate
Garbanzo artichoke sliders on sweet potato “buns”
Mixed mushroom sun-dried tomato pate
The Best Barbequed Tofu
Fruit skewers   seasonal fresh fruit
Basil cheese crostini (available GF)
Marinated portabella mushrooms, bell peppers and tomatoes
Baked asparagus in phyllo parmesan sleeves (not GF)
Phyllo vegetable triangles (not GF)

Salads and Soups
Dressings: toasted walnut balsamic vinaigrette, assorted fresh herb vinaigrettes,raspberry vinaigrette, roast ginger vinaigrette, creamy gorgonzola, creamy garlic

Salads: Spinach Salad with Pears, Blueberries, Feta and Toasted Walnut Balsamic Vinaigrette
Grilled Yam, Red Pepper and Black Bean Salad   red wine vinegar, olive oil, cilantro
Warm New Potato Salad w/spinach, toasted walnuts, red onion and mustard
Asparagus Potato Salad with Smoked Oysters and Sharp Cheddar
Fresh Fennel, Cabbage and Apricot Slaw   poppy seed dressing
Braised Fennel, Date and Red Leaf Lettuce Salad with poppy seed dressing
Thai Peanut Soba (buckwheat) Noodle Salad   w/ seasonal fresh vegetables
Greek (Rice) Pasta Salad    penne, peppers, capers, olives, artichoke hearts  lemon vinaigrette
Cantaloupe with Gingered Honey
Honeydew Melon with Fresh Mint and Lavender
Watermelon with Guava Lime Dressing
Moroccan Fruit Salad – ruby grapefruit, date and pomegranate
Seasonal Fresh Fruit Salad  assorted dressings
Incan Quinoa Salad   sweet potatoes, black beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes, lime juice
Quinoa Tabouli   with lots of lemon, fresh parsley, garlic, roma tomatoes
Lentil Salad with Carrots, Smoked Tofu and Tarragon Dijon Vinaigrette
Caprisi–fresh sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, shredded basil, black pepper, olive oil
Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Grape Tomato Salad with Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Shredded Beet and Carrot Salad   Roast Ginger Vinaigrette
Thai Fresh Corn Salad with tomatoes, basil, mint and lime
Meeker Mountain Lentil Soup
North African Pumpkin Soup w/ Harissa and Peanuts
Bengali Sweet and Sour Dal
Shiitake Mushroom Soup with Vegetables
Basque Style Beans and Greens w/ Pesto Swirl
Gazpacho        Borscht       Six Onion
Cream of Broccoli with Smoked Cheddar
Brazilian Black Bean      Minestrone (w/rice pasta)
Roast Sweet Potato and Garlic with Corn and Cilantro
Cream of Roast Garlic
Cream of Potato Gorgonzola
Corn and Red Pepper Chowder
Albondigas (Spanish meatball)
Roast Tomato Basil Bisque
Curried Potato Leek     Cream of Asparagus with Tarragon
Wild Mushroom and Japonica Rice
Spring Pea, Fennel and Orange      Ginger Carrot
Creamy Butternut Squash Currant with Jalapeno

Vietnamese Stir-Fried Tofu, Lemongrass & Fresh Tomatoes served w/ Jasmine Rice
Balado Tahu  Tofu Balado–Sumatra Island, Indonesia:
Red, green and yellow peppers, onion, fresh tomatoes, a hint of chilis, fried tofu–rice
Thai Green Curry   fresh basil, cilantro, ginger, chilies, coconut milk, w/ tofu & vegetables  outrageously addictive!
Stuffed Swiss Chard or Cabbage Rolls with Cashew Miso Sauce
Vegetarian Nori Rolls  mixed grain rice, avocado, cucumber, tofu with wasabi, pickled ginger, tamari
Vegetarian fresh spring rolls assorted fillings spicy peanut (or cashew butter) sauce
Lo Mein    Tempeh or Chicken, Straw Mushrooms, Seasonal Vegetables–Soba Noodles
Indian Wild Mushroom and Panir Stuffed Eggplant with Tomato Cream Sauce
Kuttu:  aromatic Indian Vegetable and Chickpea Stew
Sesame Crusted Eggplant and Falafel Stack w/ Mixed Greens and Two Sauces ( a visual stunner!)

Assortment of You Bake Pizzas: Crusts available GF  basil marinara sauce   fresh herb pesto sauces   spinach ricotta sauce   garlic alfredo green chili sauce   chipotle bbq sauce   soy  or dairy cheese   every topping imaginable!
Polenta Torte with Two Fillings   Roast Pepper Sauce
Fettucini with Spring Greens Pesto, Goat Cheese and Toasted Walnuts
Stuffed Baked Tomatoes with White Bean and Spinach Filling, Quinoa Corn Spaghetti
Fusilli and Asparagus with Lemon Tarragon Cream Sauce and Toasted Hazelnuts
Tofu Pesto Filled Manicotti with Golden Marinara
Spaghetti w/Spinach, Cannelini Beans, Butternut Squash, Feta, Kalamata Olives
Roast Tomato, Eggplant and Tofu with Basil Pesto served w/ Fettucini
Baked Corkscrew Pasta with Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce, Artichokes, Fresh Tomatoes
Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna with Two Sauces (White and Red) – Rice Pasta

Native and Mexican:
Potato and Mixed Bean Enchiladas (corn tortilla)
Traditional Mexican Stuffed Chilies with Nut Sauce and Pomegranate
Calabacitas–Pueblo Indian Vegetable Ragout, served in baked Turban Squash
Zucchini Pineapple Chili
Baked Chili with Cornbread Casserole
Vegetable Mole’– chili pumpkin seed sauce and roast vegetables, served with rice
Vegetarian Blue Corn Tacos  with roast vegetables, shredded sharp cheddar, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, sour cream    variety of salsas available
Stuffed Peppers with Goat Cheese, Roast Corn, Anasazi Beans, mild Cilantro Salsa
African Stuffed Bell Peppers w/couscous, pine nuts, currants, tomatoes, fresh mint
Woodland Shepherd’s Pie–savory lentils, wild mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and herbs baked beneath roast garlic, arugula and sorrel mashed Yukon gold potatoes
Wild Mushroom Vegetable Strudel — phyllo pastry w/ fresh herbs and tomato sauce
Wild Mushroom Stroganoff
Chipotle BBQ Mixed Baked Beans and Tofu
Smoked Tomato, Onion and Chevre Tart, Pine Nut Crust
Mixed Rice, Grain, Apple and Pecan Stuffed Squash     Vegetarian Gravy
Pumpkin, Sage & Pearl Onion Gratins   Asiago egg custard filled mini pumpkins
Cashew Nut Roast with Apricot Herb Stuffing
Jamaican Jerked Tofu and Yams   served over rice
Caribbean Style Black Beans and Rice with Mango Red Pepper  Sauce

Baked Goods and Desserts
just a bit of the wide variety available

Gingerbread Waffles
Quadruple Coconut Chocolate Pancakes
Hazelnut Orange Quinoa Coffeecake
Banana Pecan Bread   Blueberry Lemon Bread
Many Muffins    Many Breads
Mixed Berry Lemon Phyllo Tart
Hot Mango Quesadilla with Kiwi Blueberry Salsa
Blackberry Galette with Tangerine Sauce
Apple, Golden Raisin and Apricot Galette with Cider Sauce
Mixed Apple and Asian Pear Crisp
Gingerbread with Grilled Peaches
Zucchini Applesauce Cake
Hazelnut Spice Cake with Frangelico Caramel Apple Sauce
Chocolate Raspberry Cake with Chocolate Leaves and Dairy Free Chocolate Ganache
Torta Cacao Secreto con Salsa Cereza Acido (Secret Chocolate Cake with Sour Cherry Sauce)
Coconut Cake with Grilled Fruit Skewers and Mint Coulis
Triple Lemon Poppyseed Cake
Kahlua Nutcracker Pie
Frozen Mango Banana Mousse Pie with Gingersnap Crust
Key Lime Banana Mousse
Harvest Pumpkin Pie
Maple Chai Pumpkin Pie
Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies
Cashew Butter Cookies
Long’s Peak Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Lavender Shortbread (or lemon, orange, anise, pine nut, pecan, black walnut shortbread, lemon verbena, rosemary orange, etc.)
Drunken Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate Espresso Ice Cream
Baklava with pistachios and orange honey syrup
Mousses:   Chocolate, Key Lime Banana, Amaretto Peach, Raspberry, etc.!
Fruit Pies, Cobblers and Crisps:  Granny Smith Apple, Blackberry, Strawberry Rhubarb,Peach, Nectarine Raspberry, Pear with Almond Paste, more!
Angel Food Cake      Fruit Sauces such as mango or raspberry

Fantastic Holiday Meals Available!
Here are two samples of gourmet holiday dinners!

Carrot and Tarragon Vichyssoise
Spring Pea, Fennel and Orange Soup w/ Honey White Pepper Cream
Golden Beet and Roast Red Pepper Fritters with Basil Pesto, Balsamic Reduction over Garden Spinach Salad
Cauliflower Picatta with Cacio e Pepe
Fresh Raspberry Crepe Torta with Lemon Whipped Cream

Cream of Roast Garlic Soup
Spinach Salad with Pink Grapefruit and Toasted Walnuts, Blueberry Vinaigrette
Jack Be Little Pumpkin Gratin
Garlic and Greens Mashed Potatoes Maple Herb Gravy
Lemon Broccoli Rabe and Mixed Carrots
Sweet Potato Rolls with Pistachios and Dried Cranberries
Cabernet Chocolate Truffles
Pumpkin Spice Cake Roll

time for a picnic - fresh dolmades, marinated vegetables and baby mozzarella, and a bottle of local Colorado cherry wine time for a picnic – fresh dolmades, marinated vegetables and baby mozzarella, and a bottle of local Colorado cherry wine

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