Wednesday, June 25, 2014

MJ Love...I Think About...The Good Times!


Photo Credit: Angela Daves Haley

It's been 5 emotional years for me and Mr. Jackson, my former boss and friend will always be a part of my life and forever missed! As I sit here writing this as tears of sadness stream down my face, I know Mr. Jackson would not want me to carry these sad feelings.  He would want me to continue to think of him in the "good times" of his life. 

We shared so many memorable moments together, just hanging in the kitchen, chatting away into the night, while listening to music and playing, "Name That Artist?"  Of course, he would always win!  LOL!!  And always talking about future endeavors.

I "Remember The Time..." when Paris and I went snail hunting in the backyard at night and MJ straight cold busted us coming home from rehearsals.  I just knew I was going to get in trouble.  He laughed, and thought it was cute.  And of course, the classic memory when the children and the dog Kenya ran ramped through the house while Kenya tracted dirty white chalked paws (from the garage) all through the house.  We had so much fun!  This is one fun time MJ wasn't aware of.  Thank goodness we cleaned up quickly!!   Beautiful memories!

So today, I reflect on the man who gave love to the world through his music, a man who provoked thought and conscious awareness with his lyrics and most of all a man who so generously showed me kindness and appreciation with great devotion and unconditional love to his children.

To me he was a great man of wisdom and strength, a pillar of knowledge, a philanthropist. He was a world giver, he CARED!  He was child like at heart, a practical jokester, a comedian, a health food advocate, a healthy eater, a lover of "good" food, a lover of fine art, a lover of animals and the world's most celebrated entertainer.

I will forever be blessed with the love of MJ's light!

Gone too Damn Soon!!!


Chef Kai Chase
XoXo

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Experiment with Vinaigrettes

To make your own salad dressing is easier and more satisfying than you think.  The fresh taste of natural herbs, unique vinegars, citrus juices and premium different oils make a big difference once drizzled over a lovely bunch of leafy greens.  Try a few versions, like a White Truffle Shallot-Herb Vinaigrette (shown below) and soon you'll find yourself experimenting with a world of flavors.  Practice makes perfect and soon you won't need a recipe.   Although vinaigrettes are delicious for salads, you can use them on grilled fish, seared meats and roasted vegetables. 
                                 
How to make vinaigrette

White Truffle Shallot-Herb Vinaigrette
 
2 tsp. chopped shallots
1 tsp. dijon mustard
4 anchovies, chopped
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/3 c. champagne vinegar
1/2 c. premium White Truffle Oil
 
 
Method:
In a small mixing bowl add the chopped shallot, dijon, anchovies, basil, oregano and champagne vinegar.  With a small whisk, slowly emulsify the white truffle oil to blend ingredients together. 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Power of Juicing

"Sweet and savory juices have a natural and satisfying effect on our bodies. Countless variations and combinations have been created using organic, farm fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs that provided powerful assistance to the healing, well-being and day to day performance of our bodies. The lovely combination of organic carrots and juicy oranges is a refreshing combination full of beta-carotene, Vitamin A, B Vitamins, Vitamin E and many minerals. Combined with organic fresh juiced OJ - (an excellent choice of Vitamin C and potassium) and you've got yourself a refreshing blend to be consumed not only in the morning, but around the clock.

Yes, I know organic juicing can be time consuming, but the benefit is so worth the extra effort when taking care of YOU is priority one!  Just a few minutes out of your day to treat yourself to Mother Nature's organic harvest in a glass is a treat that will surely become a blissful and easy routine.  In no time you'll soon find yourself scanning your refrigerator for any and all juice-able items with which to create your own rich natural blend." 

Inspired by my former boss and friend Michael Jackson (while getting ready for the "This Is It") tour, I created many invigorating, natural juices, but the organic carrot-orange was one of his "anytime" favorite "super-health-comforting" blends.  And now 3 years later his lovely daughter Paris Jackson still remembers and is following his lead, keeping with the healthy spirit of the power of juicing and healthy eating.


Organic Carrot-Orange Juice

Organic Carrot-Orange Juice
10 organic carrots, ends cut off
4 juicing oranges, skin cut off, seeded and quartered

Method:
In a large mixing bowl gather the ingredients and take to the power juicer.  Have a small mixing bowl ready to gather the juice and a strainer.  Turn on the juicer and place the fruit and vegetable through until all are juiced.  Place the carrot-orange juice through a strainer (small batches at a time) with a small mixing bowl underneath to catch the juice.  Strain and pour into a carafe.  Refrigerate and enjoy.  You can add ice to a glass and pour the juice over if desired.


(Taken from the upcoming cookbook "Fit For A King" Recipes Inspired By My Journey as the Personal Chef to Michael Jackson, 2009-2012)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Healthy Tip of the Week...Snack Attack Under 150!

If you're looking to get a balance of protein, fat, and carbs for each snack, halve the portions and combine nuts, cheese, or lean meats with the fruit-forward treats! Not only will these keep you from craving that double scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream, they'll help keep your hunger at bay while you're in and out of the water or soaking up the sun. Just don't forget the sunscreen. Got a cooler? If you're packing an ice chest, try these refreshing treats that will cool you down when it feels like you're about to melt in the afternoon sun and keep the calories under 150!
Frozen grapes
Watermelon
Avocado Toast
Water (H20)
Mediterranean Salad
Tempeh
Fresh Berries
Nuts and Olives
Almond Butter
Gazpacho Soup

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Summer Days Are For Soirees!

Summer days are for soirees in so many ways!  As a caterer and private chef to the stars for more than a decade now, I've learned that keeping party making simple, sexy and distinctly creative is the key that kept my clients coming back for more.  So get your creative juices flowing and become more than just the hostess with the mostest when planning your next gathering with friends.  From table design, to mixing the perfect summer libation and centerpiece creation, keep it simple, colorful and most of all have fun while doing it.  Below are a few of my casual outdoor catering tips for having a summer soiree that's sure to be memorable everytime.   

Summer Soiree Cocktails

Cocktails - A luscious blend of natural organic juices such as cranberry, pomegranite and fresh fruit purees are wonderful when making martini's, margaritas and mojitos.  Mix with vodka, tequila or rum, an infused simple syrup, agave, ice, lime and mint garnish.  Float a seltzer water or sparkling citrus soda atop of the cocktail for a fizz sensation.  Small cocktail glasses are great for leisure sipping and allows your guests to lounge, converse and enjoy in the soiree you've created.  Remember to always make your beverages colorful and festive.  Color and style catch the eye and presentation is everything.  Your guests will "toast" to you and your party. 

 Floral Napkin Holders

Table Cutlery - The beauty and scent of fresh cut flowers is always a sight to see on any table arrangement, but the everlasting floral bloom of flowers is short lived when they begin to fade. So I like to purchase beautiful and colorful floral napkin rings that way I can interchange all year long.  They bring out the true spirit of summer and look radiantly beautiful when adding to any outdoor table arrangement.

Flowers in Pipin Green Apple Vases

Centerpieces - When decorating an outdoor dining table incorporate floral centerpieces with fresh fruit used as vases or opt for fresh herbs such as watercress and place them in watered glass vases for a more relaxed and casual feel to your overall dining soiree experience.  After your soiree place the centerpieces in small wooden boxes tied with raffi and give them to your guests as take-home gifts.  They will appreciate a piece of the party as a parting "keep sake."

Heirloom Tomato, Avocado and Boccancini Mozzarella Pesto Skewers

Grilled Halibut Skewers with Tomatillo and Maui Onion Relish

Skewers - I am a favorite of all foods that I can "Nibble" on. Small portions and small bites that are packed with full flavor has always been my philosophy when creating my extraordinary soiree menus for celebrity clients across the globe. So when creating your summer festive soiree menu incorporate cold items that are light, cool and refreshing and a few hot items right off the grill to have a filling, yet satisfying mix of tastes and textures in one simple "Nibble."

Celebrity Chef Kai Chase's signature "Rock-A-Mole"

Skinny Dipping - During the summer we all want to look our best and show it off!  So when creating a dish and showing off "it's" true flavor I believe in the concept that "less is more."  Add a veggie dip to your summer soiree menu that's full of flavor and healthy for you to eat.  My signature "Rock-A-Mole" is just the perfect accompaniment and celebrity dish for any summer soiree menu.



Sunday, July 8, 2012

Summer Fruit Punch Pops

This recipe is a fun, creative and easy way to get your daily dose of fresh seasonal fruit. These beauties are great for adult summer bbq's and for kids of all ages to love. They're so easy to make, you'll find yourself storing your freezer with these babies instead of buying store bought.


Ingredients:

1 cup seedless red grapes, halved lengthwise
1 cup strawberries,  sliced lengthwise 
1 cup kiwi, slices
1 cup nectarines, slices
1 cup raspberries
1 cup pineapple chunks, sliced lengthwise
1 1/2 cups Ocean Spray White Peach Juice


Place the cut fruit in a large mixing bowl. Spoon mixture into 8 popsicle molds. Fill each mold with the peach juice up to the line.  Top the popsicle molds with the plastic popsicle sticks and freeze for 4 hours or overnight and the popsicles are frozen solid.  Serve and enjoy!