Save Time By Using a Food Processor to Chop Food

Useful cooking tips

TOP Time Saving Tip:  Place your knives aside and use a food processor to chop vegetables quickly!

Useful cooking tips

Save time cooking with these useful tips!

Here’s a perfect example of a recipe where I saved myself 15 minutes prep time by using my food processor.


This tip is exceptionally useful if you don’t know the correct (and safe) way to chop vegetables.

1.  In a food processor add fresh (Mirepoix) and garlic:

  • 2 lbs of Carrots
  • 2 lbs of Onions
  • 2 lbs of Celery
  • 1/2 lb of Garlic

2.  Pulse repeatedly until finely chopped.  You can store the Mirepoix in the fridge until needed (usually lasts about 7-10 days no problem).

USEFUL TIP:  Add 1/4 cup of salt to help preserve!

3.  In a large stock pot sear 2 chicken thighs, breasts and legs.  I love to use my LeCreuset for this one.

4.  Once seared, add the Mirepoix and garlic mix to the stock pot and stir. 

5.  (Optional)  Add 2 cups rice, barley or lentils until cooked. Chop and add some green onions or parsley to plate and taste.


Culinary Fight Club at Blokes and Birds – November 21st 2013 Part 2: Let the cooking begin!


Culinary Fight Clubs popping up all over Chicago. Be on the lookout for the next locale. CFC – A Taste Bud Challenge on November 21st, 2013 at Blokes and Birds. An unconventional food competition. A table full of ingredients, 60 minutes, 4 judges, 3 Chefs, one 10,000 BTU burner, and 1 winner!! Cooking passion is a must for this type of underground cooking event!!

Unconventional Cooking Competition Fires Up in Chicago


Unconventional Cooking Competition Fires Up in Chicago!

Winner of Culinary Fight Club's TasteBud Challenge

Leo Perez takes home 1st place on 11/21/13 at Culinary Fight Club Challenge!

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Culinary Fight Club fired up their first of many TasteBud Challenges!  


Rules at a Glance:

  • 4 Judges
  • 3 Contestants
  • 15 Ingredients
  • 10k BTU Burners
  • 60 minutes
  • 100’s of cocktails
  • 1 Ultimate WINNER with a passion for food!  ME!

Interested in judging or showing off your culinary greatness as a contestant?  Subscribe

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Easy Broiler Breakfast Frittata


Breakfast Frittata Recipe 

Breakfast Frittata

Easy Breakfast in Broiler

In 6 to 8 minutes you’ll have the fluffiest tastiest egg dish in town! 

  • Place a small, 6 inch skillet on stove-top on high flame (I bought this $9 T-fal on Amazon and love it!)
  • Beat up to 3 eggs, egg whites, or egg beaters
  • Add your favorite ingredients (I prefer kosher salt, black pepper and any kind of shredded cheese)
  • Pour into skillet.

TIP:  If you don’t have a non-stick skillet, quirt it with your favorite cooking spray (I use Costco’s brand, 2 for $7)

  • Cook for 3 minutes, or until eggs bubble a little (don’t stir)
  • Remove from heat and turn off stove-top flame
  • Turn on broiler to high broil (or 500 degrees)
  • Place skillet in broiler for approximately 3-5 minutes or until the top of your Frittata is golden brown
  • Touch to make sure it’s cooked through

TIP:   Keep the oven door cracked so the broiler stays on, and you can keep an eye on it.  

Then, take it to your sweetie in bed!

Most Underutilized Kitchen Tool (you already own)


The Broiler.  

Kitchen Oven Broiler

Use the oven broiler to make tasty food – fast!

New and seasoned chefs alike, are commonly afraid to use this basic oven tool when cooking in the kitchen.  Nonsense!

I challenge you to make one of my favorite and delicious BROILER recipes, the Breakfast Frittata!  It is really easy to make- especially in the morning.

TIP: Try it tomorrow morning and serve it to your sweetie in bed!

Breakfast Frittata Recipe 

Chicago Chef Events?


Is it me, or is there still not enough Chicago Chef Events? 

Chef Eric LeVine (right) and me at a cancer fundraiser last month.