ChefCali wowing celebrities and Barrington area residents with her delicious, artfully presented cuisine for more than 20 years. One of this personal chef and event planner’s favorite pastimes is traveling and tasting her way through France.

Congratulations to Kelly and Nick on their upcoming wedding. Chef Cali and her team were so honored to be a part of your special day with family and friends.

Back to Basics

Hooray! The kids are going to back to school – it’s time to get back in the swing, back in the routine, back in the groove of things. And, oh yeah, one more thing to add to your “to do” list – pack a lunch for the kids every morning. This year, make it a priority to pack a delicious and nutritious lunch each day … ditch the Doritos, dump the Ding-Dongs and lose the Lunchables. Packing something wholesome can be just as easy as grabbling those empty calorie packs of cardboard snacks and sugar-laden treats.

Turkey Pinwheels


1 large whole-wheat wrap (11 to 12 inches), or 2 smaller wraps (8 inches), or a 12-by 9-inch rectangular lavosh
1 tablespoon mayonnaise or hummus
1 lightly packed handful rinsed baby spinach leaves
1 tablespoon dried cranberries
2 medium carrots, ends cut off, peeled and coarsely shredded
2 slices Swiss cheese
2 thin slices roasted turkey breast


If necessary, warm the wrap in a 350°F oven for 2 minutes to soften before filling. Lay the wrap on a work surface and spread the mayonnaise/hummus all over. Sprinkle the spinach leaves, cranberries, and carrots evenly on top. Arrange the Swiss cheese and turkey in even layers over the vegetable layer. Fold in the side edges and then roll up snugly from the bottom. Cut crosswise into 4 even pieces and wrap tightly in plastic


Edmame Salad


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bag (1 pound) shelled edamame (soybeans), thawed
1 bag (1 pound) frozen corn, thawed, or 3 cups fresh-cut corn kernels (from about 4 ears)
2 large ripe plum tomatoes, diced
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup minced fresh chives or basil


Heat the oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until softened but not browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the edamame and corn and cook, turning often, until heated through, about 7 minutes. Stir in the tomato, salt and pepper. Let cool and then chill if packing in a lunch box. When ready to serve, stir in the chives or basil

All-Out Granola


3/4 cups pecans
1/2 cup natural almonds
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup sesame seeds (optional)
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup, cane syrup or honey, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
3/4 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup dried blueberries or raisins


Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a large shallow baking sheet with foil. Spread the pecans and almonds on the sheet and roast for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly toasted. Transfer the nuts to a board, let cool and chop the nuts. Set aside. Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F. Pour the oats and sesame seeds, if using, in a mound on the same baking sheet. Melt the butter in a small bowl in the microwave; stir in the maple syrup and salt and drizzle on top of the oats. Stir well with a rubber spatula and then spread out the oats in an even layer. Bake the oats for 30 minutes, stirring once with the spatula halfway through, until the oats are lightly colored. Let cool; the mixture will crisp as it cools. Add the dates, blueberries, and reserved nuts and toss

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Let’s try and reduce, reuse and recycle … reduce the amount of plastic bags, foil and plastic wrap, reuse containers and recycle juice box containers





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