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What’s Cooking in the Desert – Cooking Class

by admin • December 26, 2019
“What’s Cooking in the Desert” presents traditional Austrian Christmas Dinners in Joshua Tree, California!What do Schinken, Nudelsuppe, Schnitzel, and Stollen have in common? Two traditional Austrian Christmas dinner events in the desert on December 11 and December 16, with Austrian Personal Chef Karin Winkler, in cooperation with the “Rosebud Ruby Star Bed & Breakfast” . Austrian Cuisine, a bit of old world tradition, in Joshua Tree, California. For those in search of their own special Christmas memories this holiday season, there is no need to fly all the way to Vienna, a short trip to the desert does the trick.

On December 11th and December 16th, Sandy Rosen, artist and owner of the “Rosebud Ruby Star Ranch” will provide overnight accommodations for a very special and unique dining experience with Karin Winkler, a Personal Chef specializing in Austrian cuisine. “Whats Cooking in the Desert” presents two traditional Austrian Christmas dinners in the desert wonderland of Joshua Tree, California.
Take a break from the city with it’s frantic Christmas shoppers and treat yourself to this fine dining adventure that is offered with the option of over night stays in artist-embellished guest rooms in a gorgeous desert surrounding which will intrigue your curiosity. Personal Chef Karin – a native from Austria – will cook an elaborate authentic Austrian Christmas meal for guests to enjoy. Think of these special dinner events as a wonderful vacation for guests who want to taste homemade authentic meals with history and experience the countryside as a refuge for quiet traditions.Cost for dinner only participant is $75 per person, for dinner participants including room accommodations and breakfast is $245 to $345 per person; cost for companion sharing a room is $89.

Traditionally in Austria, after Christmas Eve dinner is served, the ringing of a bell signals the opening of a door that was long locked for the children. For the first time they are permitted to look at the beautifully decorated Christmas tree, who’s candles have been mysteriously lit by the Christkindl (Christ child), that came through the open window and brought all the presents that surround the bottom of the Christmas tree. Our dinner participants will be treated to a similar event with a traditionally decorated dining room and a lovely gift to be opened after dinner.

Dinners will be limited to a maximum of 10 persons. Please make your reservations now. Mastercard/Visa and Discover cards can be accepted.

The menu for the upcoming two Christmas dinners is as follows:

First Course:
Christmas Ham cornucopias filled with ham mousse (gefüllte Weihnachtsschinkenrollen), served with poppy seed breads (Mohnweckerln).

Clear broth with soup noodles (Nudelsuppe).

Main Course:
Viennese Style Pork Cutlets (Schweinsschnitzel Wiener Art), which are breaded pork cutlets, fried to golden perfection. They are the ne plus ultra of the Viennese cuisine.

Side Dish:
Parsley potatoes, cranberry jelly and lemon wedges (Petersilkartoffeln, Cranberry Geleé und Zitronenspalten).

Side Dish:
Red cabbage with chestnuts (Blaukraut mit Kastanien).

Viennese cucumber salad (Wiener Gurkensalat).

Viennese Christmas stollen (Wiener Weihnachtsstollen), which is a buttery cake with fruits, nuts and marzipan.

After this night of indulgence you might enjoy a stroll under a starry sky in the crisp high desert air before retiring to your own cozy room to snuggle under the comforters with pleasant dreams and fond recollections.

For more information please contact:
Sandy Rosen
Rosebud Ruby Star

Specialities by Karen

by admin • December 20, 2019
  • Wiener Schnitzel (Viennese Veal Cutlets):
    Austrian Wiener Schnitzel

    Breaded veal cutlets, fried to golden perfection. They are the ne plus ultra of the Viennese cuisine. The cutlets are garnished with bright lemon wedges and a dash of cranberry sauce. They are delicious with buttered parsley potatoes and/or rice and they are served the traditional way with leaf or cucumber salad.
  • Rindsgulasch (Beef Gulyas):
    Austrian Beef Gulyas

    The awesome taste of onions gives an extravagant commendation to this so traditional dish. It is perfect with boiled potatoes or Nockerln (Spätzle) – the picture shows them with the famous Viennese “black Nockerln”. Also very good are noodles or Semmelknödel (white bread dumplings) or Serviettenknödel (napkin dumplings) with the Gulyas.
  • Steirisches Wurzelfleisch (Styrian Pork with Roots):
    Austrian Wurzelfleisch

    The famous Styrian Pork is named after “Styria”, which is an Austrian province in the Southern part of the country. Our ‘Governator’ Arnold Schwarzenegger was born and raised there. It is cooked in soup with chopped root vegetables and served with grated horseradish and parsley potatoes.
  • Gefüllte frische Gurken (Stuffed Cucumbers):
    Austrian Stuffed Cucumbers

    Fresh cucumbers are stuffed with ground meat and simmered in freshly made onion/parsley sauce. They are accompanied with boiled potatoes.
    This dish IS low fat & low calorie!
  • Gedämpfte Hühnerbrüstchen mit Champignons (Breast of Chicken with Mushrooms):
    Austrian Breast of Chicken with Mushrooms

    Breasts of chicken are browned and then simmered in a delicious mushroom sauce. Side dishes are either: rice, rice with green peas or stewed fruit.
    Excellent for the chicken lover.
  • Windringerl (Meringues):
    Austrian Windringerl

    These are famous all over the world, especially light and have NO fat and NO flour.
    There is even an Austrian author (Adelheid Dahimène) who calls her soul a snow-white Meringue, which is a beautiful analogy to this wonderful pastry: pristine, fragile, volatile.
    Perfect for the afternoon tea!

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Serving the Greater Palm Springs Area, including: Palm SpringsCathedral CityRancho MiragePalm DesertIndian WellsLa QuintaIndio, Coachella, Thousand Palms, Desert Hot Springs and Idyllwild.

Serving the Morongo Basin, including: Morongo ValleyYucca ValleyPioneertownJoshua TreeLanders and Twentynine Palms.

Karin – Chef/Owner

Karin’s Personal Chef Service

by admin • December 6, 2019

Austrian CuisineYou love international food? You visited Austria? You plan to visit Austria? You have ancestors from Austria? You would like to know with what food our – Austrian born – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was raised with? You would like to know what food our – Austrian born – celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, enjoyed in his childhood? You plan to stay at a vacation rental, would like to enjoy an excellent dinner without going out to eat?

There are many reasons to eat Austrian cuisine. Austrian cuisine is similar to German cuisine, but with other, even exotic countries’ culinary elements lingering from the days of the old Empire and therefore even more delicious!

Please enjoy the music:
“An der schönen blauen Donau” by the Austrian composer Johann Strauss Sr.
Austrian CuisineWhat I can do for you.....

Enhance your quality of life:

Even everyday life can be made more enchanting by the good and loving preparation of food, because “good food gives you positive energy” 🙂

Create more time for you:
In our age of haste, it is a relief for you to hire me as your Personal Chef, because I am practicing the leisurely arts (good home-cooking) of bygone days……. and you will not have to stand in line in grocery stores, you will not have to cook and you will not have to clean up afterwards 🙂

Help you entertain your guests:
Have me create the meals for you when you have guests and they will reflect the pleasure of something beautiful to look at and delicious to taste 🙂

These are the three most important things I can do for you…..
…..and further more:
I will come to your home or vacation rental and prepare delicious meals for you and for your guests while you relax when you have a dinner party…and/or…
I will come and prepare delicious, healthy meals customized to your taste and, if you wish, we can arrange homecooked meals for you to enjoy on a daily basis.
I am specialized in cooking Austrian (Viennese) cuisine. If you wish, you will eat delicious foods of Austria with my culinary bouquet of favorite Austrian dishes, the land of “The Sound of Music”.
I will also gladly cook Vegetarian Austrian cuisine for you and by request, many foods and flavors of the Americas are available as well as many other European and some Asian cuisine. Also available is cuisine in the Zone Diet and Atkinson Diet, as well as Weight Watchers.
I have a wide variety of Austrian menus, from the simplest of comfort food to the grandest of gourmet delights. You will love them all!

I can also customize my menus for almost any situation. Your requests are always welcomed!
I use the freshest and best ingredients available to me!
I do all the shopping, cooking, packaging, and cleanup.
I am cooking for over 30 years and I have a passion for it. I will take this passion into your home and share the love of fine food with you!
I will bring Oma’s ‘home cooking’ into your home again.
I will deliver outstanding personal service.