A Complete Process of Hiring a Personal Chef for Your Next Dinner Party

You’ve got a dinner party coming up, and you’re going through all of the different options you have available to you. However, if you’re not considering hiring a personal chef to handle your dinner party’s menu, you may be doing yourself a disservice. Learn more about the complete process of hiring a personal chef for your upcoming […]

What is the difference between a private chef and a personal chef?

For many people, the words private chef and personal chef are interchangeable, and because of that, they equate both services to something that only the truly rich can afford. The truth is that these terms aren’t the same. Each service is different in what’s offered and the cost involved. So let’s deep dive into what […]

How Can You Save More by Hiring a Personal Chef?

Let’s do a little exercise really quickly. What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words “personal chef”? More than likely, you’re thinking something along the lines of how expensive it must be or how only the very rich can afford to have their own personal chef.   Are you ready for a little secret?  Lean in a little. Okay, here it is.  […]

Elevate your Dining Experience with Your Own Personal Chef

Have a hankering for French food?  How about Italian, Mexican, or maybe Korean? Have adventurous taste buds? You might like to try something new, perhaps Peruvian, or Greek? Luckily, there’s CookinGenie, an amazing online service that can bring all those amazing flavors, and more, right to your very own kitchen.   CookinGenie has chefs that can prepare foods from around the world, plus […]

What’s the Difference Between Food Allergies, Intolerances, and Sensitivities?

We’re all familiar with food allergies, but nowadays you constantly hear terms like “sensitivity” and “intolerance” to different foods. These three terms often get lumped together, but they’re unique conditions that elicit different responses from the body and have varying levels of seriousness. So, what do all these terms mean? And how should they affect […]

How to Cook for Guests with Food Allergies

Cooking for someone with a severe food allergy can be intimidating. And with food allergies on the rise, it’s becoming more common than ever. You want people to enjoy your food. But you would never want to be responsible for giving someone a severe allergic reaction. Thankfully, with the right knowledge and planning, cooking for […]

Storing Foods Safely to Prevent Foodborne Illness

When we think of food safety, we usually think about cooking foods properly to prevent getting anyone sick. However, storing foods properly is just as important to prevent foodborne illness. Just like the actual preparation of food, all it takes is a little common sense to make sure you’re storing food safely. Keep foods cold […]

September is National Food Safety Month – Here are Some Keys for Cooking and Serving Food Safely

Cooking for friends and family is one of the great joys in life. But without practicing proper food safety, cooking can make your loved ones sick, or in extreme cases, even kill them. Luckily, all it takes to prepare and serve food safely is following a few simple rules and using common sense. In honor […]

Holding Events During the Pandemic: Why a Personal Chef is a Safer Way to Celebrate

One of the hardest things about the pandemic is that we haven’t been able to celebrate the significant events in our lives the same way. Gathering for birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays has become much riskier and with restrictions in place, much harder too. With all of those events, one of the best ways to celebrate […]

Meal Kits vs. Personal Chef – Which is right for you

In this day and age, there are seemingly endless options to feed ourselves. One popular method is the do-it-yourself meal kits. There are hundreds of companies offering this service; therefore, a variety of options. Another option, personal chef services, are gaining traction and becoming a trend for their unique and incredible dining experiences. Today we […]

CookinGenie: A Better Way for Chefs to Manage Their Own Business

If you’re a talented chef, you probably know the rewarding feeling of cooking for friends and family and being met with rave reviews. They might ask you when your restaurant is opening, half-seriously urge you to start a catering business, and proudly proclaim that they would pay good money to eat your food. But even […]

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7. Why Not Say Thank You with the Gift of a Home-Cooked Meal?

Can we all just agree that teachers are the unsung heroes of the pandemic?   This spring—as the world as we knew it turned upside down—they quickly pivoted to teaching virtually, creating new lessons and mastering new technology with just a few days’ notice, and saying goodbye to their students at the end of the year via Zoom.   And then […]

Wondering Which gift Really Makes The Day for mom? A Home-Cooked Meal (That She Doesn’t Have to Make Herself)

“All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”  —Abraham Lincoln  The second Monday of every May is dedicated to the women (Mother’s day) who take care of us the other 364 days of the year: Moms.    And don’t they deserve a day just for them? In many homes, moms are the ones who get it all […]

How to Dazzle Your Dinner Party Guests? A Charcuterie Spread May Be The Answer

Whether it be displayed out at your dinner party, the beginning of date night, or accompanying your favorite bottle of wine, a charcuterie board is a perfect accouterment. Charcuterie (pronounced “shahr–kyut-uh-ree”) is the French word for the art of cookery dedicated to the preparation of preserved meats, typically pork. The name charcuterie dates back to 15th-century shops which sold […]

Meal Prepping for Dinner? Cutting Through The Options

Today, the age-old question of how to meal prep for dinner is more complicated than ever. With a range of different meal delivery services, prepared and frozen foods delivered to your door, and a wide market for takeout, the choices are seemingly endless. Now, entering the fray is a new service, CookinGenie, which rethinks the idea of dining at home by bringing a culinary expert into your home […]

What Makes Bibimbap The Ultimate Korean Feast?

CookinGenie lets you travel with food all around the world. Next stop: Korea.  Sometimes, the humblest foods are the best foods. That’s certainly the case with bibimbap, Korea’s answer to fried rice, and—if you ask us—one of the top must-try foods around the world.  The word “bibimbap” means “mixed rice with meat and vegetables,” and variations of the dish abound. It’s a dish that […]

American as Apple Pie? Not So Fast

There are certain things that just evoke America:    – Baseball.  – Uncle Sam.   – Corn fields.   – Apple pie.     But what if we told you one of these iconic symbols doesn’t really belong on the list?   Turns out there’s nothing all that American about apple pie. In fact, neither apples or pie originated in North America: the ancient Egyptians get the credit for creating […]

A Whirlwind Tour of US Barbecue

“Southern barbecue is the closest thing we have in the US to Europe’s wines or cheeses; drive a hundred miles and the barbecue changes.”   —John Shelton Reed, sociologist, writer, and all-around expert on all things Southern.    At its most basic, barbecue is meat that’s cooked low and slow over a smoky fire. But barbecue aficionados will tell […]

Romance in The Times of Covid A Novel Way to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has been celebrated since ancient Roman times—it began as a pagan fertility festival to celebrate Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, where goats were sacrificed, and women were paired off with men by lottery. The celebration was “Christianized” by Pope Gelasius I as the feast of St. Valentine in the 5th century, but it […]

Pad Thai: The Noodle Dish that Helped Build a Nation

For many people, pad Thai—the delectable sweet, sour, and spicy stir fry of rice noodles, tofu, eggs, veggies, bean sprouts, crushed peanuts, and an umami-rich sauce that can be found on the menu of virtually every Thai restaurant in the US—is their first taste of Thai cooking.   So, it’s interesting to learn that the dish that most Americans think of as the quintessential Thai food didn’t even exist until the mid-20th century.   In […]

Food Inc.: Corporations Cooking for Us

A few years ago, an infographic went viral that showed how most of the world’s food brands are owned by just a handful of corporations.  Image Source: visualcapitalist Around the same time that this infographic started circulating, a study found that nearly 60% of the calories in the modern American diet come from processed foods.    How did we […]

Made to Cook: The Cooking Hypothesis

What makes us human? Some would argue that it’s the act of cooking — whether it’s boiling, broiling, roasting, baking, or barbecuing — that separates us from every other species on Earth.   In 1999, Harvard professor of biological anthropology Richard Wrangham published an article in the Current Anthropology journal called “The Raw and the Stolen: Cooking and the Ecology of Human Origins.” Known as “the cooking […]

What is CookinGenie

What is CookinGenie? CookinGenie is a service where delicious and healthy home-cooked meals come with only a couple of taps on your smartphone. The twist is that the food is cooked right in your kitchen. It’s not catering. It’s not meal kits. It’s not food delivery. It’s not frozen 500 miles away. It’s made fresh […]

A teaspoon a day

The other day, I picked up some ham from an online retailer. It was a premium 8-pound spiral-sliced ham, slow-cooked and smoked for 24 hours featuring a delicious torch-glazed brown sugar crust. Tempted? I certainly was. However, I happened to glance at the nutritional facts & noticed a detail – 41% (990 mg) sodium per […]

61 shades of sugar

Most of us feel pretty confident in our ability to read labels and know what we’re putting into our bodies. But sometimes, understanding food labels can be daunting. We feel like we need PHDs in food science. Did you know, for example, that there are 61 ways in which sugar can be described on food […]

Healthy ingredients – turmeric

Turmeric Demystified.. One of the reasons we are hesitant about trying new foods is lack of familiarity with the ingredients. Today, we would like to demystify turmeric – a key ingredient of most Indian dishes & curries. Turmeric is an ingredient that is derived from the turmeric plant. Wondering what it tastes like? Turmeric has […]

Multitasking in gig economies

A friend of mine recently ordered delivery of groceries to her home. The person delivering presented her a business card and offered his services as a home cook. Not only was he willing to purchase her groceries, but he was also willing to prepare her food. Talk about full service! We wanted to applaud this […]

Gig economy (for cooking?)

Gig economy is a term that has been gaining in popularity for the past few years. Also sometimes referred to as the freelance economy. It’s describing a new financial path where workers support themselves with a variety of short-term projects or jobs that do not provide traditional benefits such as healthcare or retirement. This phrase […]

Food prepared in unknown kitchens

Workarounds to cooking are ubiqitous. From food delivery apps to meal kits. Quietly, unobserved by mainstream food industry, private individuals are selling meals right from their own kitchens. Allowing neighbors to pick up from their homes or offering delivery or meet up options. These individuals can make a decent side hustle providing regular menus and meals […]

Meal kits – chop chop flop

Do It Yourself meal kits have been around since the early 2000’s and rose quickly in popularity. Globally the business size is well over $2B. So why has this service become so popular? Most of these companies win customers with a free meal or a discount on their first order. With pre measured ingredients and […]

What eating healthy looks like

In our previous posts, we talked about how challenging it is to manage all our daily priorities (life, work, kids….) & still cook healthy meals from scratch. Healthy eating can be a controversial topic. There are so many options today between organic, vegan, paleo and keto, all claiming to be healthy and offering a totally […]