The Unintentional Chef

The Unintentional Chef We now have 7 retail stores selling The Unintentional Chef Marinades (6 in Northern VA and 1 in Richmond)!
A glass of wine, and a whim of an idea has blossomed into a small business :-)

The Unintentional Chef is not an ordinary foodie web site. Sure the main focus is food but it’s about the experience, the mood, the conversations that surround the food. It’s about friends and family coming to the table for good food, wine, comfort and laughs. It really is all about the oohs and ahhs after a great meal.

Mission: Eat Happy!

Made an easy holiday dinner last night for good friends. I was able to prepare almost everything in advance so I too can...
12/15/2012

Made an easy holiday dinner last night for good friends. I was able to prepare almost everything in advance so I too can enjoy the evening to its fullest. We had Zinfandel Braised Beef short ribs (falling off the bone!) with Rosemary Parsnip mashed potatoes and a Pomegranate Arugula/Spinach salad with walnuts and shaved Parmesan ( there were no leftovers!). For dessert we had Spiced Molten Chocolate cakes....to die for! Will post recipes today on the web site....

12/10/2012

Planning menus for Christmas Eve Dinner...going with a Mustard Seed Crusted Prime Rib Roast!

Moelleux au Chocolat | The Unintentional Chef
03/08/2012
Moelleux au Chocolat | The Unintentional Chef

Moelleux au Chocolat | The Unintentional Chef

Or, more commonly known as Chocolate Lava Cake. … is a French classic that literally melts in your mouth!!! French chef and chocolatier Jacques Torres claims this dish originated in France. The rumor has it the dessert was taken out of the oven too soon and found the center to be runny. But, it w...

Scalloped Sweet Potato Stacks | The Unintentional Chef
01/16/2012
Scalloped Sweet Potato Stacks | The Unintentional Chef

Scalloped Sweet Potato Stacks | The Unintentional Chef

When I think of sweet potatoes, I think of marshmallows and brown sugar….yuck! A good friend of mine served this version of sweet potatoes and for a non-sweet potato lover thought…okay, time to be polite. BUT holy cow, these were outstanding! So good in fact, I made them the next weekend for a fa...

Coconut Macaroons | The Unintentional Chef
01/16/2012
Coconut Macaroons | The Unintentional Chef

Coconut Macaroons | The Unintentional Chef

These little gems are easy to make (only 6 ingredients) and are great anytime! We added these to our holiday cookie assortment this year and they were the first to be eaten up!

It's time.  Time to get my web site back in working order.  Time to put  together requirements for the designers.  Pleas...
12/08/2011
The Unintentional Chef | Simple Answers to "What's for Dinner?"

It's time. Time to get my web site back in working order. Time to put together requirements for the designers. Please take a look at the current version (www.unintentionalchef.com) and let me know of any and all improvements you'd like to see...

We are well into summer and grilling season! Time for friends and family to gather around for a BBQ and celebrate the ending of a very long winter and relatively short spring. We’re adding a bunch of new recipes to help you find something new and different to serve or bring to your next outdoor di...

Butternut Squash Risotto - that's what's cookin' tonight!  House smells great!
10/07/2011

Butternut Squash Risotto - that's what's cookin' tonight! House smells great!

The Unintentional Chef supports Teach them to Fish!
09/02/2011

The Unintentional Chef supports Teach them to Fish!

08/21/2011

Good news and bad news for the web site. The good news is that it is stable enough to post again, the bad news is we lost our "look and feel" and several really good recipes. Table Boy continues to work on the site for us!

08/20/2011

More Unintentional Chef web site woes - lost important data!!! Hope to to retrieve the data lost and reinstate the site theme...ugh!!!

08/20/2011

the Unintentional Chef web site is down...sure wish my web hosting company (ahem) would proactively provide customer service when their server is down. Who knows how many other small businesses are affected! Sorry for any inconveniences....

Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families – Fish Tacos
08/16/2011
Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families – Fish Tacos

Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families – Fish Tacos

Mentioning we were going to have fish tacos for dinner met with a “what?!?” and “EWW” from my kids. I have to admit that I had never had them before either but these are made with Tilapia so I thought…how bad can it be? Turns out, these were great (and healthy!).

Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families – Robiola Cheese Dip
07/31/2011
Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families – Robiola Cheese Dip

Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families – Robiola Cheese Dip

Robiola Bosina, from the Langhe region of northern Italy, is a perfect, creamy blend of cow’s and sheep’s milk…and it’s one of my favorite cheeses. Chances are if you are dining at my house this will be an appetizer in one form or another.

Planning a picnic at Wolf Trap....think I'll bring these!
07/12/2011
Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families – Pinwheels

Planning a picnic at Wolf Trap....think I'll bring these!

Here is a super easy appetizer or complement to a soup or salad. This recipe can be made with pesto or olive tapenade….either are wonderful! Only three ingredients and 10-12 minutes away from happiness!

Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families – Sea Bass with Mustard Crust
06/12/2011
Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families – Sea Bass with Mustard Crust

Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families – Sea Bass with Mustard Crust

A warm spring evening drinking very fine wines and trying out new recipes with wonderful friends! On the menu last night was Chilean Sea Bass with a Mustard Crust (recipe from Emeril Lagasse 2003) with garlic risotto cakes and garlic Parmesan broccoli. Everything turned out great!

Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families – Parmesan and Prosciutto Mini Muffins
06/05/2011
Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families – Parmesan and Prosciutto Mini Muffins

Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families – Parmesan and Prosciutto Mini Muffins

Spring had sprung and summer is about to begin (although, if it’s Memorial Day, that’s really the beginning of summer). Trying to keep things new and always looking for recipes that are both delicious and somewhat good for you. This recipe caught my eye for a few reasons. First, I love Parmesan c

05/21/2011

a HUGE thank you to my friends Chris and Renee for helping in the "kitchen" yesterday -- TUC is now ready for the tasting event at the Wine Cabinet today!

Ever want to meet the guy behind the Table Boy mystique?
05/14/2011
Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families

Ever want to meet the guy behind the Table Boy mystique?

Please come out and see us at the pre-Memorial Day Wine and Marinade event at The Wine Cabinet at Northpoint Village Center in Reston! We will be sampling choice wines next to The Unintentional Steal Marinaded Hangar Steak (courtesy of The Organic Butcher in McLean) and The Simply Marinaded Chicken

05/11/2011

orders are coming in....must get back to the kitchen!

An oldie but definitely a goodie...it's what's for dinner tonight!  Paired with a fresh salad and a nice bottle of wine!
04/19/2011
Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families – Mushroom Pizza

An oldie but definitely a goodie...it's what's for dinner tonight! Paired with a fresh salad and a nice bottle of wine!

Friends of ours came over for dinner on Saturday and I was at a loss for creating something new so I dusted off a few good standbys which met with pretty good reviews, a thank you note, and a request for a recipe — how great is that?!

seriously easy dinner!
04/13/2011
Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families – Oven Fried Chicken

seriously easy dinner!

Looking for something different but don’t want to spend the calories? Here is a nice alternative to plain old chicken. I am challenged because my husband thinks chicken is “boring” but we need to venture out and have more than beef in our weekly routine…this recipe changed his tune….

The Unintentional Chef Marinades will be featured at the Vienna Vintner along with some fabulous wines!  Spring is here....
04/06/2011
Vienna Vintner

The Unintentional Chef Marinades will be featured at the Vienna Vintner along with some fabulous wines! Spring is here...you should be there! Tomorrow night!!!

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for a special evening of wine and food. We will have representatives from Oregon’s Raptor Ridge and California’s Captûre Winery to present some of their latest releases and a few extra treats. Raptor Ridge enjoys a national reputation, and in 2009 the wi

Back in the Kitchen!
04/04/2011

Back in the Kitchen!

03/28/2011

gotta make more marinades :-)

03/23/2011
J. Emerson, Inc. | Serving Richmond, VA’s Fine Wine & Cheese Community

Welcome to The Unintentional Chef family! For all our followers in Richmond, you now can get your marinade locally!!!!

J. Emerson Fine Wines & Cheese is Richmond's longest established fine wine retailer, serving the community since 1985. We specialize in collectible, rare and hard to find wines from California, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

We'd like to welcome Market Cellars in Reston Town Center to our family of local retailers!  Enjoy!
03/15/2011
Market Cellars Home

We'd like to welcome Market Cellars in Reston Town Center to our family of local retailers! Enjoy!

Market Cellars is your neighborhood fine wine retail store right in the vibrant heart of Reston Town Center. Market Cellars features an eclectic selection of nearly 300 carefully hand-picked wines and craft beers from boutique producers around the world, along with a slate of gourmet food and gift

03/14/2011

Well, its back to the kitchen! The Unintentional Chef Steak Marinade is sold out (online) - this time it only took 2 weeks to deplete the inventory - this is crazy. If you're local please visit The Wine Cabinet, The Organic Butcher, or Maison du Vin. Will restock within the week :0)

03/09/2011
Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families – Shrimp Scampi

The boys are going to the Caps game tonight so the girls are having shrimp! Bringing back another great memory!

I’ve learned the lesson that there is such a thing as too much garlic (devastating, I know) or was it the red pepper flakes? The good news is that I learned this lesson early and our guests are still friends of ours – after all these years!

03/08/2011

Table Boy is busy filling orders...thanks everyone for your generous support! Probably need to get back in the kitchen very soon :-)

Marinades now available for sale at Maison Du Vin in downtown Great Falls!  That makes 3 stores in Northern VA!  Pinch m...
03/06/2011
Maison du Vin

Marinades now available for sale at Maison Du Vin in downtown Great Falls! That makes 3 stores in Northern VA! Pinch me!

03/01/2011

Samples of each of the marinades are heading up to NYC for a very special "tasting"....

02/28/2011

A special thank you to my buddy Christine who sacrificed her Sunday to help me out in the kitchen! Cheers to you CC!

02/28/2011

Open for business! Marinades for sale - The Unintentional Chef Simply Marinade and Steak Marinade! Please send [email protected] an email if you'd like to purchase a bottle or two. $8.95 a bottle plus shipping (if you're local, Tableboy delivers). These gems will also be available for sale at The Wine Cabinet in Reston. Enjoy!!

Today is the day - in the kitchen we go!  Marinades available for sale again starting tomorrow!
02/27/2011

Today is the day - in the kitchen we go! Marinades available for sale again starting tomorrow!

02/22/2011

Count down to the next lot of marinades! 6 DAYS!

10-12 minute meal....seriously easy and very delicious (and healthy)!
02/11/2011
Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families – Roasted Vegetable Wraps

10-12 minute meal....seriously easy and very delicious (and healthy)!

It’s not easy to pull together dinner during the week for a busy family. Someone is always somewhere and dinner is usually a typical standby (but very rarely leftovers). Last night we tried something different and it only took me 10 minutes to prepare!

I'm pulling this one out of the archives (such as they are) -- this is a really easy dinner for your family -- ready in ...
02/09/2011
Simple healthy dinner ideas and recipes for families – Who’s Spaghetti Casserole is it anyway?

I'm pulling this one out of the archives (such as they are) -- this is a really easy dinner for your family -- ready in time to watch American Idol or....a hockey game! This dish is even better the next day!

This recipe is more than 20 years old and has been adopted and credited a few times by my own family. The basis of the recipe came from Bluegrass Winners, from The Garden Club of Lexington, Kentucky, printed in 1985. My roommate at the time was selling the book for a Junior League fundraiser.

02/07/2011

Going back to the kitchen on the 27th to make another, even bigger lot of marinades!

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