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Personalization. I’ll tell you what it means to me. Simply, when you are a client of The Dinner Belle, dinner is made the way you like.

First, I give you a detailed questionnaire to fill out that lets me know exactly how you like to eat and any restrictions that you have. I will then tailor your menus exactly to your needs. Do you have 3 teenagers or 2 toddlers? Serving size definitely means different things to different families. Since I price my service fee separately from your groceries, you have serving sizes that work for you. On weight watchers? I’ll measure all your ounces so that you can track your points. Gluten free? Dairy sensitivity? I’ll make sure that your menus follow any restrictions while still being delicious and diverse.

Second, the service is flexible. Do you need meals each week, a couple times a month or just once in a while? I do not make my clients sign contracts like many meal service providers. I want to provide you meals when you need them and not over burden you with a freezer full of food to which you will never get.

Third, I will shop for the ingredients that YOU want to use. Some people only want grass fed organic beef.  Others value buying what brand is on sale. I individually shop for each client so that you have control over your food quality and costs.

Like I said, Personalization. It’s why I call myself a personal chef. Having my service makes your life easier not harder. Everything is done as you would do, if only you had the time. Contact me. I’d love to put together a meal plan for you so that you can try out my service. You’ll be amazed at how much you look forward to coming home in the evening when you know that someone else has already taken care of dinner!

Chef Cami Chaplick

Thedinnerbelle@me.com

303-898-4090

Do you have family or friends coming in town for the holidays?  A great time saving idea is to have meals from The Dinner Belle in your freezer, ready to heat. Having homemade meals from wholesome ingredients all taken care of ahead of time frees you up to focus on being with your family during this busy time of year. No need to order pizza or pick up a prepared meal full of processed high calorie ingredients from the grocery store. Your personal chef service will create any meal you want in the perfect portion size for your family. Are you going to the mountains for the holidays? Let me stock coolers full of meals to bring with you to save you the hassle of expensive and crowded resort restaurants. If you are in the Denver area and want me to make your holiday easier, please contact TheDinnerBelle@me.com.

Here are just a few of the premade meals you can have in your freezer, ready to go:

Chicken Tortilla Soup: Perfect for the freezer. Fresh tomatoes,spices,chicken stock and slow roasted shredded chicken make this soup a perfect combination of healthy and hearty. Topped with Monterey Jack cheese and crunchy tortilla chips this soup is Mexico in a bowl.

Roast Salmon with dueling sauces: Two fresh pieces of salmon. The first will be prepared fresh with a creamy avocado sauce. The second will be prepared for freezing with an Italian Puttanesca sauce made from tomatoes, olives, and capers.

Indonesian Ginger Chicken: Honey, soy sauce and fresh ginger are the key flavors of this incredible delicious chicken, hot or cold. Prepared for the freezer, just defrost and bake. Use the left-over the next day in a sandwich or salad.

Crispy Maryland Crab Cakes with Spicy Remoulade Dressing: I lived in Maryland for 8 years and learned how to make crab cakes from the best. Jumbo lump crab meat is mixed with seasonings, dressings and fresh corn to form delicious and tender crab cakes. These come to you fully cooked and just need to be reheated in the oven.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Sweet, nutty and loaded with vitamin A, this offbeat chili has a fantastic flavor. Chili is topped with a dollop of sour cream and chopped cilantro and paired with mini corn muffins with or without jalapenos. Gluten free and high in fiber.

Chicken Marbella

This classic chicken dish is straight from the Silver Palate gourmet store in Manhattan. Whole chicken pieces marinated in red wine vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, olives, prunes and capers make  a light but luscious sauce that  keeps the chicken moist and is fabulous for dripping crusty bread.

Curried Pork Stew with Potatoes and Green Beans

This stew is hearty but light, high in fiber and only 250 calories per serving. Boneless pork is cooked with green curry paste, potatoes, carrots and green beans. This dish is served with warm naan bread and cranberry-apricot chutney.

Farfalle with Roasted Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Tender roast chicken is tossed with savory sun dried tomato pesto cream sauce. This dish is family friendly and great for kids.

Autumn Chicken Thighs with Squash, Yams and Dried Apricots

Moist chicken thighs are sautéed with autumn seasonal vegetables to create a hearty Moroccan one-dish meal. This dish is loaded with vitamins and minerals and low in fat.

Orecchiette with chicken meatballs: “Little ears” is the nickname for this fun pasta. Rustic tomato sauce paired with whole milk mozzarella and hand rolled chicken meatballs create a delicious but light summer pasta dinner

Award Winning Two Bean Chili: What award you ask? My neighborhood chili contest, of course! You pick your heat. I can make this as spicy or as mild as you prefer. Kindney and black beans, beef, tomatoes, spices, brown sugar and larger beer create complex flavors that are screaming for a football game.

Roadhouse Burgers: I’ve been making these burgers for years. Top quality beef is mixed with spices, mustard, egg, breadcrumbs and other special secrets to make the most moist and flavorful burgers you’ve ever tasted.  No really, try them!

Guess what? I had a comment from the Deli Diva ( http://thedelidiva.wordpress.com ) on my last post. She is starting up a deli in the Tampa, FL area and wanted to try out my chicken tortilla soup recipe. If she uses it, she will call it Camilla’s Tortilla Soup on her menu. Isn’t that a kick? Start a blog and you can connect with someone who names a soup after you! If any of you are in the Tampa area,( Aunt Jan, that’s you!) look up the Deli Diva and if you see my soup, give it a try.

Well, here goes. I’ve been trying to launch this blog all day, thinking about it since I started planning for culinary school last year. So here I am splitting my focus between watching “True Blood” and writing. A challenge since my writing leaves a lot to be desired.

This blog will be about my adventures in starting a small business at the age of 40. Career #2. Becoming a personal chef is a dream come true for me. A perfect relationship between delicious, healthy meals and impeccable customer service(the later being something I feel VERY strongly about and am sick of not getting at the Gap!) I will share my successes and inevitable failures, new culinary trends, my favorite new recipes and restaurant finds. I will hopefully keep my weight under control along the way.

So join me, come back and read often. I look forward to the journey ahead.

Bon Appetit!