Hors d'oeuvres

Chef Lea Live @ SFDC Culinarium!

2 Comments 02 November 2010

Images by Erin DeMartini and Sunghi Sonia Morsella

Chef Lea McIntosh presented “Chic Bites” at the San Francisco Design Center’s first Culinarium event! The audience reacted with oohs, aahs, laughter and clapping throughout her 60 minute demonstration. She talked Jeanine Hays of AphroChic through the steps of making three easy, cheesey, hors d’oeuvres: Stuffed Medjool Dates, Muscat Pear Marmalade over creamy gorgonzola cheese, and Truffle Honey Holiday Baked Brie.

Here are a few scenes from the live event…

Lea organizes and sets everything in place prior to the live demonstration.

SFDC’s Rhonda Hirata gives Chef Lea a warm and welcoming introduction.

Lea brings in her “newbie” cook…Jeanine Hays from AphroChic.

Jeanine’s soulful, chic pillows from her Dreamland Collection are eye candy for the audience (oh, and one lucky guest got to take one home!).

Newbie cooking moment…

More cooking action…

Jeanine and Lea pose with fan, Emily Mai Enriquez.

A few questions afterward and then Lea invites the audience over to the Duralee showroom for some serious “Chic Bites” tasting!

Pear Muscat Marmalade
Yields: 1 quart

2 ½ pounds Bartlett or d’Anjou pears, peeled, cored, and chopped
½ pound Granny Smith tart apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
2 cups sweet Muscat dessert wine
3 cups granulated sugar
¼ cup fresh tangerine juice
2 teaspoons tangerine zest
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Hors d'oeuvres

Smoky Chipotle Greek Yogurt Dip

2 Comments 16 September 2010


Healthy Greek Yogurt Dips featured in Gone Greek in Issue No. 3


Move over sour cream…the Greeks are here and they’re healthy and delicious! “These days, I am consciously eating a higher protein diet and one of my go-to foods is nonfat, plain Greek yogurt,” says Chef Lea. “It has a thick, smooth texture like sour cream but it is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and zero fat!” Chef Lea’s new party dips using nonfat Greek yogurt are the alpha and the omega…give them a try and say bye, bye to unwanted calories without sacrificing any of the yum.

Smoky Chipotle Greek Yogurt Dip
Yield: 1 pint

2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon chipotle powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
16 ounces Greek yogurt (2% or 0% milk)

In a medium bowl, whisk together tomato paste, honey, chipotle powder, garlic powder, dried cilantro leaves, salt, pepper and yogurt. Use immediately or store covered, in the refrigerator, for up to 5 days. Serve with pita chips or fresh cut vegetables.

Photography by Dean Birinyi

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