Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Michael Jackson's chef Kai Chase interview to HealthyLivinG magazine

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bruschetta Rustica

My love of tomato, basil bruschetta on grilled, French baguette crostini's started out as an impulsive appetizer order, which then turned into a meal obsession.  I had to have tomatoes and olive oil on toast daily.  Wouldn't you know that the more I ate it, I eventually grew bored and burned out! But a lot of my clients didn't and were still requesting it's hearty and robust flavors.  So, finding  inspired love of bruschetta all over again, I decided to create an inviting new look and twist to the ever popular appetizer by using long thin slices of the baguette, creamy burrata and using the diced tomato as the topper.  You can't go wrong with this all-time favorite "small bite" recipe.    


1 petite French Baguette, Sliced long and Lightly Grilled
2 med. Vine-Ripened Tomatoes, Small Diced
2 Tbs. Fresh, Basil (chiffonade)
4 oz. Creamy Burrata (prepared)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Cracked Black Pepper


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Slice the baguette the long way and place on a baking sheet.  Brush both sides with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake until golden 15-20 minutes.  Turn crostini's over once while baking.  Remove and set aside.  In a small mixing bowl add the tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper.  Lightly toss and set aside.  To assemble...spread a thin coating of the creamy burrata atop the crostini, top with the tomato, basil mixture and repeat until all mixture is gone.  Plate, serve and enjoy!   

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

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
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

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
Avocado Toast
Water (H20)
Mediterranean Salad
Fresh Berries
Nuts and Olives
Almond Butter
Gazpacho Soup