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Do the Mashed Potato with CJ’s Maui Restaurant and Event Catering

Posted by Christian Jorgensen

Jun 26, 2014 9:06:00 AM

Remember that old song, from the 50’s or maybe early 60’s, I seem to recall the title was ‘Do the Mashed Potato’ or something similar. That was a line from the song even if not the title. Sing it with me now: 'We Do the Mashed Potato, We Do the Mashed Potato'. whew - no, I don’t remember the exact words to the song either. The only time I remember hearing it was the few times my parents’ friends played it on their early stereos back in my hometown in Denmark. OK, never mind the old mashed potato song or the dance that went along with it. Since I don't want anyone to suffer through another extra starchy hard to swallow serving of bad mashed potatoes, I thought it was finally time to take a stance for the famous spud from Idaho! In this case, I’m serving up a mistake proof recipe for mashed potatoes or as I prefer to call them ‘whipped potatoes’.

What would any respectable honest to goodness Comfort Food restaurant be if it couldn’t serve up homemade whipped mashed potatoes like your grandma used to make? You’ll most certainly want to do the Mashed Potato dance after stopping at CJs Maui restaurant in Kaanapali for a serving of our homemade mashed potatoes or after you make them at home using our Mashed Potatoes recipe! When we make mashed potatoes, we don’t scrimp on all the good things that are supposed to be included! Butter, whole milk, sour cream and more goodness. I know in this day where everybody seems to want it fast and ‘right now’ it can be easier to hurry or take shortcuts for making mashed potatoes. I have one word of advice: Don’t! Along with my mashed potatoes recipe, I share a few preparation methods with tips and techniques to ensure your mashed potatoes always taste as good as the ones we serve on our menu every day at our Kaanapali restaurant in West Maui, CJ’s Deli & Diner. Read on for the best mashed potatoes recipe!

CJ’s Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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Topics: maui catering, maui restaurant, Chef Christian Jorgensen, Maui chef recipes

A Classic Hollandaise Sauce Recipe by Maui Chef CJ

Posted by Christian Jorgensen

May 9, 2014 9:08:00 AM

Looking for a Maui restaurant on Maui to enjoy a breakfast or brunch with the family? There is little that will make mom happier than not cooking AND beginning her day with a breakfast or brunch of Eggs Benedict lovingly prepared with a rich homemade Classic Hollandaise sauce!

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Volcano Fish Taco Recipe by Maui Chef CJ for a Tropical Cinco de Mayo

Posted by Christian Jorgensen

May 4, 2014 9:56:00 AM

To get ready for the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration on Maui we’ve cooked up a few recipes for you to use at home or in a vacation rental! Make up a batch of my Volcano Spice mix for Volcanic Fish Tacos accompanied by my Tropical Salsa recipe and serve with Mango Margaritas. Don't feel like cooking? Then head into CJ's to pick up a Chefs To Go meal or dine in for Volcano Fish Tacos. What would a Cinco de Mayo celebration be without a good Margarita? Worry not! There won’t be a revolution at your party when you use the Mango Margarita recipe included below to serve with these tasty fish tacos.

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Topics: recipe, Maui chef, Maui recipe, Maui chef recipes, Maui takeout catering, chef to go

5 Easy Recipes to Prepare for Dad on Fathers Day from the Maui Chef

Posted by Christian Jorgensen

Jun 15, 2013 12:48:00 PM

Thinking about cooking up something special for Dad on Fathers Day? Not certain where to start or the amount of ingredients necessary or what to purchase at the market before cooking on Fathers Day? Read on for a day’s worth of easy recipes to use to prepare comfort foods for your pop or any other day you want to cook!  Start his day with homemade Eggs Benedict. Use my easy to make homemade Hollandaise Sauce recipe. For lunch, follow the directions below to prepare my recipe for homemade Fried Green Tomatoes served with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli. Then, follow my short cooking video to learn how to prepare homemade Hummus to serve as a healthy appetizer before dinner or as mid afternoon snack. We close up with a Coconut Shrimp recipe and my made from scratch Mango Apple Trifle for dessert. Share your experience or questions after you make one or all of these recipes:

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Topics: recipe, Maui chef, private chef, Maui chef recipes, cooking tips, hollandaise sauce

3 Reasons Why Signature Cocktails are a Maui Wedding Reception Trend

Posted by Christian Jorgensen

Aug 17, 2012 1:10:00 PM

In the course of catering events on Maui for the past 10 years, I've noticed a recent wedding trend emerge. Nearly every inquiry for a Maui catered wedding reception includes a request for signature cocktails. Most couples getting married on Maui request bar service between the time of their wedding ceremony and the wedding reception. The 'cocktail hour' provides opportunity for the wedding photographer to capture the bride and groom sunset wedding pictures. Isn't that one of the reasons you are getting married in Hawaii and why you picked a beach wedding location on Maui? So, with Aloha Friday on my mind, I share a few reasons why serving a personal signature cocktail is a popular trend for destination wedding receptions:

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Topics: maui catering, maui wedding catering, maui wedding reception, wedding cocktails, maui wedding planning, maui wedding tips, Maui recipe, Maui chef recipes, Comfort Zone Maui Catering

Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe w Roasted Red Pepper Aioli by a Maui Chef

Posted by Christian Jorgensen

Jul 27, 2012 1:53:00 PM

Are you in the midst of the dog days of summer struggling to figure out what to cook for the family barbecue this weekend? Maybe you are looking for an easy recipe making use of the fresh tomatoes from your backyard garden or your favorite local farmers market. My Internet marketing team at FatIguana Inbound Marketing agency recently asked if I could help them prepare Fried Green Tomatoes. They were in luck as I recently served Fried Green Tomatoes as a side dish to a barbecue for a catered family reunion on Maui. We quickly agreed I would share my recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli in exchange for documenting the recipe and sharing their experience preparing the dish. I hope you enjoy their story along with my Maui Chef’s Homemade Fried Green Tomatoes recipe:

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Homemade Hollandaise Recipe for Fathers Day and Maui Wedding Brunch

Posted by Christian Jorgensen

Jun 14, 2012 11:00:00 AM

Make this Father’s day extra special! Dad will be delighted to wake up to breakfast in bed or a late Sunday brunch when the menu includes Eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce!! You heard hollandaise sauce is difficult and thinking it is above your home cooking skill level? Put your mind at ease with my Classic Hollandaise Sauce recipe below! I included a few tricks and cooking techniques with instructions so your dad will think you hired a professional chef!

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Topics: maui catering, maui restaurant, Maui chef, wedding tips, Chef Christian Jorgenson, Maui recipe, Maui chef recipes, cooking tips

A Maui Onion Summer Roll Recipe by Maui Chef Christian Jorgensen

Posted by Christian Jorgensen

May 9, 2012 8:59:00 AM

With many visitors in Kaanapali over the past weekend to enjoy the sweet taste of our famous Kula Maui Onion during the 24th annual Maui Onion Festival, several stopped by my Maui restaurant to share how much they enjoyed my Maui Onion Tacos with Pickled Maui Onion Salsa recipe from last week's catering blog article. Since several of our blog readers asked for more Maui Onion recipes, below you'll find my Maui Onion Summer Roll recipe. I had entered this Maui Onion recipe in an earlier Maui Onion Festival contest. Some may remember seeing this recipe created in person at Whaler's village when I participated in the Kaanapali chef cooking demonstration.

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Topics: maui catering, maui event catering, Chef Christian Jorgensen, Maui chef, Maui recipe, Maui chef recipes, maui party planning

Signature Cocktails for Maui Weddings? Maybe not! You decide!

Posted by Christian Jorgensen

Mar 10, 2012 2:25:00 PM

As professional chef and caterer on Maui, I do my best to keep up with wedding trends. I like finding new cocktails made with Acai and I know many of our Maui catering clients enjoy Acai cocktails. Though we don't supply alcohol, we do supply licensed bartenders for bar services at Maui catered weddings. So, when I saw the fun cocktail names with cocktails made from Acai, I couldn't resist sharing these Acai Signature Cocktails from Carter Reum's "5 Signature Wedding Cocktails That RIff on Your Guest Personalities" in 'The Huffington Post':

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Topics: wedding cocktails, hawaii cocktails, Maui chef recipes

Christmas Cookie Nightmares? Maui Caterer and Personal Chef Help

Posted by Christian Jorgensen

Dec 10, 2011 2:51:00 PM

Christmas Cookies Holiday Baking

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Topics: Maui chef, Chef CJ, Maui chef recipes, cooking tips

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CJs Deli & Diner and Events Planning & Catering Blog strives to keep you up to date with the latest Maui wedding planning ideas and catering tips. We also share recipes and cooking tips or news about Maui events we are participating in or catered.

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