Apr 212013
 

 Adding blueberries to a pancake. The trick is to cover them with batter before they are turned so they do not stick to the skillet.

Adding blueberries to a pancake. The trick is to cover them with batter before they are turned so they do not stick to the skillet.

Plump blueberries surrounded by fluffy light pancake batter made from scratch. If that sounds good, you want to be sure to watch the following video. Pay special attention to how Chef Butzen prevents the blueberries from sticking to the skillet.

Apr 172013
 

Just about everyone loves scrambled eggs for breakfast. And just about everyone knows how to cook them. Yet, there are a few cooking tips Chef Butzen would like to share about making superior scrambled eggs. First, use a frying pan with a thick, heavy bottom. This is necessary to evenly distribute the heat of the flame across the bottom of the pan and avoid “hot spots” which definitely occur with thin bottomed pans. Use a couple of tablespoons of butter or, better, a pan spray to coat the surface of the pan. Never pour the eggs into a cold pan; they will always stick to the bottom, even with most non-stick surfaces.

If cooking a large batch, add cream cheese to the eggs, about one tablespoon for each couple of eggs. This will extend the scrambled eggs, and will also keep them from getting too hard as they continue to cook in a heated chafing dish.

Mar 232013
 

Potato pancake, served with sour cream and applesauce.

Potato pancake, served with sour cream and applesauce.

In this video, Chef Butzen makes a favorite from his Chicago days, potato pancake. The ingredients:

1 medium potato, peeled and shredded
3 green onions, diced
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons of flour or matzo meal
1/4 c vegetable oil
2 Tbs sour cream
1/4 c applesauce

Be sure to squeeze most of the water out of the shredded potato.

Mar 162013
 
Philip Butzen explains why the right tools are essential for his method of cooking egg.

Philip Butzen explains why the right tools are essential for his method of cooking egg.

Philip Butzen, owner and head chef at Huntington Manor will be presenting a series of instructional videos showing how he accomplishes his culinary goals which can be summarized as “cooking for the frail elderly.” Phillips says that to successfully cook “eggs over easy”, four things must be accomplished:

The white of`the eggs are cooked until opaque with no “runny” parts.
The yolks are juicy.
The yolks are unbroken.
No portion of the eggs are stuck to the bottom of the frying pan.

The following video shows how these goals can be accomplished:

Sep 282012
 

As the title promises, this blog is all about cooking for the frail elderly, a subject of great interest to Philip Butzen, owner of Huntington Manor, an assisted living facility in Poway, California. Butzen will be sharing his experience, including cooking tips, recipes and video demonstrations, to help anyone who needs to prepare food for those whose appetite may be compromised by age, illness or disability.