This is a place where I will share stories from my 20 years of catering and professional cooking. Some of them will be funny, but they all will have a tip or two for helping you in your cooking endeavors. Enjoy!
- Jennifer Klainberg

Thanksgiving Countdown – Six Days to Go

Thanksgiving Countdown:  6 Days Left   We’re in the home stretch!  Less than a week to go! You have your guest list, you have your menu, you have your schedule of when you are shopping and when you are prepping each dish, you even have all the dishes picked out and ready to go.  You have also delegated some of the cooking or baking.  Awesome!  With this amount of preparation behind you, you may actually enjoy getting into the kitchen on Wednesday and Thursday and cooking for your crowd. Last question:  are your knives sharp??  If the last time your ...

Thanksgiving Countdown – Two Weeks out

Okay people, we've got two weeks to go.  I know it’s pretty hard to believe, especially since I feel like the weather just turned to fall, usually a big marker that the holiday is approaching. Let’s take a minute and recap where your holiday prep should be – and by no means is there any judgement from me if it’s not!  Linens and china should be assessed and replaced as necessary. Your guest list should be pretty much set, but save a seat or two for the last-minute friends who find themselves without a place to be. Your menu should be set by now.  I ...

Thanksgiving Countdown – Three Weeks Out

Here we are, three weeks away from the big day.  This is the week to get serious about everything.  Your tablecloths and napkins, platters and bowls have all been sorted and either replaced or laundered. Now it’s time to talk about the food, my favorite part! This week you should place your orders for the turkey (see below for a guide to how big a bird to buy ((see the alliteration??))) and any other meat you’ll be serving.  Don’t assume that your grocery store will have baby lamb chops or a whole tenderloin the week of Thanksgiving, be safe and place an ...

Thanksgiving Countdown – Four Weeks Out

I’m sorry to tell you all something:  we have four weeks until Thanksgiving.  This announcement is not meant to strike fear and anxiety within you.  It is meant to awaken you to the process of preparation.  At this point you should be thinking about your guest list, and looking back to what ...

Top 10 Kitchen Essentials

By now you’re sick and tired of all the “Back to School” stuff and for the most part the stores and hype have died down.  The kids are all settled into school and their new activities schedule with their new backpacks and lunch boxes.  But what about you?  Don’t you need something new in the kitchen to make your life easier? I would say, yup! The following is by no means a sales pitch for a particular store or brand.  It is a list of items that I can’t live without in the kitchen. To be a successful cook doesn’t mean you need to have a million-dollar ...

Food Cravings

Going through a rough time?  Stressed out with work and family obligations?  Super busy juggling to keep all the balls in the air?  Yeah, me too. Do you find during these super stressful, emotional times that you reach for a cookie? Ok four? Do you choose a big, juicy hamburger and fries instead of something healthier?  Yeah, me too. Hello. My name is Jenny, and I’m an emotional eater.  I am also a chef and health coach which makes my emotional and stress eating particularly difficult for me because I KNOW better. The difference with me is that I don’t ...

Passover Confessions

I have a confession to make:  I hate matzah.  I don’t mind the crunch, I just hate the flavor, or lack thereof, conjuring immediate feelings of cardboard throughout my palette.  I hate what it does to my stomach, sitting in my digestive tract all week and beyond.  During any other week of the year, this does not pose a problem.  During Passover, however, this proves tricky.  It is an unavoidable conundrum, but one that I deliberately try to evade.  After all, it’s everywhere and in everything!  The ritual of eating the matzah during the Seder will most likely ...

Pride. Hold the Prejudice.

I recently had someone tell me how proud they were of me, of my work and what I’m trying to accomplish.  This person wasn’t a parent or a spouse, but he is an important part in my life.  He isn’t the first important person to pay me a compliment like this, but it was the first time I was acutely aware of my reaction to it.  And that was to reject it completely, as if undeserving of that or any other type of praise.  Why would I react this way?  In truth, it’s mostly due to the fact that I feel like I should be further along on my business path, or I should be ...

Lucky

In the midst of my January reset, I realize just how lucky I am.  Not just grateful for the “things” and people I have in my life, but also how lucky I am to do the work that I do.  I get to spend time in the kitchen teaching people about food and how to cook it AND I get to write about my experiences with food and my time in the kitchen.  And not just that, but I get to EAT!  That to me is the greatest gift!  Well, that and love. I recently taught a knife skills class at The Jewish Cooking School with some really great people.  Most of the students had been ...

January Reset

Are you as inundated with “New Year, New You” headlines as I am? I see them everywhere, from fitness studios to retailers and everywhere in between. I hate that headline! It makes me feel like I need improvement, that I’m not good enough with who I am already. Guess what, I AM good enough and I AM worthy. I don’t need to be new, some of my habits may need to be. I’ve started January by hitting the reset button. Work is really busy. There are only 24 hours in the day and 8 of them should be spent sleeping. (Notice I said, should!!) My new goal is to sleep for 7 ...