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Chef Susan Ytterberg- 4th of July Grilling!

Posted on July 10, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Chef Susan Ytterberg- 4th of July Lobster! And a, "Chef's Day Off!"

As a professional Chef, I am usually the one doing the cooking during a party at my home but I am fortunate to have a significant other who is a master griller and loves to BBQ!  So besides a small amount of prep work, he created this master piece of a bbq for the 4th of July! 

Bob is famous for his annual Cuban Lobster Grill and I was happy to have yet another year of this amazing feast.  I made the Avocado & Tomato Salad and he did the rest, lucky me! I hope you'll try this decadent meal just once in your life. We pop some bubbly while the grilling is going on for extra fun and celebration!

This an annual tradition Bob and I have and I look forward to many more!  Plus it's really a, "Chef's Day Off" for me and that's a bonus!


-Cuban Lobster with Grilled Lemons injected with garlic, salter butter & gin (Melt 1 lb of butter with 1/3 cup of gin and 3 grated garlic cloves.  Heat on grill in pot and then inject into the lemons.) Lobster is brushed with this deliciousness as well while grilling!  

-Grilled Corn on the Cob

-Avocado Tomato Salad with Lime & Avocado Oil with Salt & Pepper

-Key Lime Pie

I hope you'll try this if just once in your life! 

Happy July 4th!  Celebrate this great country where all lives matter!  Be kind, Be Safe, Be Well

Chef Susan Ytterberg- A Day in the Life!

Posted on June 3, 2020 at 11:30 AM

Chef Susan Ytterberg- Owner of Golden Plum Personal Chef Services

A Day in the Life!

Many people ask me what's it like to work as a Personal Chef?  My work is varied so it's best to just describe some key items I'm doing today!  

Baking Project for one client:  Vanilla Dairy-Free Cupcakes for client daughter's birthday- Now this is FUN! The cupcakes have been baked in red & white polka dot cupcake liners and the vanilla frosting is prepared and ready to be piped onto these confections day of party.  To support the dairy-free requirements, I have used Oat "Milk" and Vegan Dairy-Free "Butter". The cupcakes wouldn't be complete without sprinkles and various toppings for the kids to decorate with so those are standing by as well for the special day!!

Cooking Class at Client's Home Today:  Mexican Taco Night!

Socially distant in this large kitchen and granite island the class will be learning how to make:

Fish Tacos with Cod in lime juice and all the toppings


Roasted Salsa

Mexican Black Bean Corn Salad

Menu Planning for Chef Day: Here's a menu I've planned for a cook date tomorrow with an emphasis on pescatarian and plant-based foods:

Breakfasts/Morning Snacks:

1) Berry Parfait with Silk Vegan Yogurt, walnuts, ground flax seed, lemon zest & brown sugar with Blueberries 

2) Chia Seed Pudding with Orange Zest, Oat Milk, Vanilla Extract & Stevia Sweetener

3) Grain Bowl with Brown Rice, Almonds, Black Berries & Maple Syrup Drizzle



1) Stuffed Tomatoes with Fresh Shrimp & Avocados

2) Gluten-Free Veggie Wraps with Garbanzo Bean Humus, Roasted Red Peppers, Zucchini, Shredded Carrots and Brown Rice

3) Tuna Lunch Salad with Mixed Greens, White Tuna, Green Beans, Red New Potatoes and Cherry Tomatoes



1) Asian Salmon with Sesame Seed Crust

Quinoa & Chopped Spinach

2) Shrimp Scampi with Lemon & Parsley with Gluten Free Pasta

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Basil

3) Roasted Eggplant Rolls with Tomato Sauce, Vegan Cheese & Basil

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Chef Susan signing off, have a great day!

Chef Susan Ytterberg- Blueberry Lemon Sourcream Scones!

Posted on May 25, 2020 at 9:55 PM

Chef Susan Ytterberg- Blueberry Lemon Sourcream Scones!

This is blueberry season!  It's the time of year the stores are filled with baskets overflowing with these little beauties and you're wondering- what can I do with these?  Well, you can do a lot!  You can make a blueberry pie, put blueberries over your cereal, add them to pancake batter.. there are SO many options!  But what about making blueberry scones?  Easy and delicious! 

Credit for the original recipe inspiration for "Lemon Rosemary Scones" goes to It is a beautiful recipe on it's own right and you can find it online if interested. I love it!

But from that recipe though I have changed it to make it my own with blueberries and a couple other tweaks.  I have a video of the recipe but need to load it still. My recipe is below:


2 cups flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup sugar

Lemon peel (zest only not the pith) of 1 whole lemon

5 tbsp cold butter, salted or unsalted- up to you

2/3 cup sour cream

1 tbsp 1/2 & 1/2 cream

Lemon juice- 2 tbsp which about 1 whole lemon's worth of juice

1 cup blueberries- cleaned and de-stemmed (fold into mixed dough)

1 egg beaten to coat scones before baking to give an egg wash and provide gloss to baked scones

Sugar to sprinkle over scone coated with egg wash

The Best Brunch Ever! Recipes for your time at home

Posted on May 13, 2020 at 11:30 AM

The Best Brunch Ever!  Recipes for your time at home-

We've been home-bound or close to it for 2 months now and one of the best ways to create a festive start to the day is with a delicious brunch for you, yourself & I or you and your fellow home-abound Covid19 compadres!  These recipes are a starting point; you can add more dishes like a fruit bowl, muffins, more bacon etc.  Enjoy the fun!  I wrote these recipes for the Orange Appeal Orlando Magazine that was just published for May/June 2020.

Enjoy cooking and stay well!

-CHEF Susan Ytterberg

Cook Virtually at Home with Chef Susan!

Posted on April 25, 2020 at 10:30 AM

In this time of social distancing and stay at home orders most people are cooking up a storm- or thought they were going to!  

Do you have a pantry and fridge filled with food and provisions but want some new ideas on how to put together delicious meals from ordinary staples?  Are your spices sitting idle in the spice cabinet?  Too many cans of beans? Think about a few pantry and fridge items you have in your kitchen:

Canned Garbanzo Beans, Canned Black Beans, Canned Tomatoes, Canned Coconut Milk, Spaghetti, Basil, Pears, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Gound Chicken, Green Onions, Onions, Bell Peppers, spices.

You can make so many delicious dishes with those items; here are just few examples:


  • Vegan Coconut Curry  
  • Pasta with Chicken Meatballs & Tomato Sauce with Basil Pesto Topping
  • Chicken Empanada Pie
  • Mexican Corn Salad
  • Crispy Crunchy Spicy Garbanzo Bean Snack
  • Champagne Pear Soup
  • Sweet Potato Apple Soup


You get the idea, right?  Let's have some fun!  Call Chef Susan Ytterberg for a virtual consultation and cooking experience!


Give me a call! (407) 961-8280

Chef Susan Yttterberg- Safe Cooking at Your Home!

Posted on March 27, 2020 at 12:45 AM

Stay Safe, Be WELL! Safe Cooking at Your Home

Want delicious, restaurant quality food without exposure to multiple hands and unknown workers? My professional personal chef services support your healthy life style and food safety goals!

With concerns about Corona Virus it’s important to know trustworthy resources at this time! I have always taken food safety and sanitation seriously thanks to my top culinary education at Le Cordon Bleu and my professional Certification as a Manager in Safe Food Handling!

Let Chef Susan be your go-to person during this time! Updated services I offer:


Personal Chef Services: I provide Personal Chef Services in the the safety of your own home. I am always at a 5’ social distance from clients when I cook in your kitchen. Food is handled expertly and cooking and kitchen areas are sanitized to ensure healthy, safe meals. My goal is to customize meals to support your dietary goals & food preferences while providing deliciousness!

Baking Services:  Pick up or Front Door Drop Off available for Sweet Potato Biscuits, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies, Vanilla Cup Cakes and more by client request. Dairy free and gluten free options available. I hold a Cottage Food License which allows me to bake or can/preserve from my home kitchen following safe food handling rules. Pricing involves product plus cost of groceries with a minimum fee.

Grocery Shopping Services: I provide shopping service at Publix, Winn Dixie, Whole Foods, Wild Hare, Lombardi's Seafood, Petty's Meat Market and by request at Lake Meadow Naturals Farm in Ocoee. I shop with vinyl gloves and sanitize the cart seats and handles & also use new or freshly laundered grocery bags to transport groceries to my client’s homes. I do my best to purchase planned items but will substitute alternates if primary ingredients are unavailable.


In Home and Virtual Cooking Classes: Want to learn how to use that Instant Pot you bought? Interested in creating healthy grain bowls or want to learn more about vegan cooking? Does pasta making sound fun? International cuisine calling your name?? Check out menu ideas here:

Use this time at home with Chef Susan Ytterberg to learn how to create delicious meals!

Menu Planning & Custom Recipes: Love to cook but not sure where to start? Would you like help organizing your kitchen’s pantry and learn how to use ingredients that support your dietary goals? Chef Susan can consult with you in person, or virtually to create a plan with recipes for the month!

Corporate Team Building Events & Wellness Fairs: Once things normalize, on an ongoing basis I offer dynamic corporate team building cooking events and wellness fair Chef Demos! More here:

I look forward to helping you out and welcome your call or email! Please let me be a resource to answer questions you may have!

Kind regards,

Susan Ytterberg / Executive Chef/Owner

[email protected] / (407) 961-8280

Golden Plum Personal Chef Services, LLC

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Chef Susan Ytterberg- Guest Chef Speaker November 2019 Luncheon!

Posted on November 5, 2019 at 3:25 PM

Hi Readers, Chef Susan here! 

I was honored to be a guest speaker by invitation at the Orange Appeal Magazine's end of year 2019 luncheon at Bulla Restaurant in Orlando this past week!  The topic was Planning for a holiday party which nicely dovetailed with the article that I just wrote for them!

Here is an outline of my speaker notes and check out a small video clip in the link below of my presentation!

 Whether you’re a top home chef, a good home cook, or a professional Chef, planning for the holiday meals takes some creativity and thought! Remember, even with the best made plans, things can come up that could derail you but if you approach it with a sense of humor everything will work out!

 Thanksgiving Table Collapsed- my funny story reminding us to keep a sense of humor no matter what may happen!

 Traditional Recipes, Family Recipes, Gourmet

 Buffet or sit down?

 Start with Guest List

 Menu Planning

 Guest Food Allergies & Preferences

 Work Arounds for Vegan vs. Carnivore- Porcini Mushroom Risotto, Roast Asparagus with Fennel Pollen, Spring Greens with Apples & Pecans AND Roast Prime Beef Tenderloin

 Preplan for week prior to event up to date of your party!

 Pull Recipes

 Make Shopping List by category

 Plan for recipe Short Cuts

 Map out daily activities- Set table, Create Center Piece, Polish Silver etc/

 Give yourself permission to make things easier: Bakery for dessert, Cheese plate with grape garlands & Ciarcuitteri instead of canipes & blinis

 Easier- Instant Pot Pressure Cooker- how about my braised Short Ribs recipe with cherry basil glaze??

If you are planned, have created a menu you love then you can enjoy your event and not be caught in the kitchen!

See a snippet of Chef Susan speaking at the event here!  Click on the link below!:

Chef Susan Ytterberg- New Release! Article Published in NOV/DEC 2019 Issue of Orange Appeal Magazine- Orlando

Posted on November 5, 2019 at 3:15 PM

I'm excited to show my latest food writing published this month in the beautiful Orange Appeal Magazine in Orlando Florida!  

November/December 2019 Issue

"A Beautiful Holiday Meal To Remember" are a series of 5 recipes I have written that will provide you with a beautiful feast during the holidays and winter months!  I have designed it so that it can satisfy vegans and carnivore alike- ensuring the everyone will be able to enjoy the beautiful meal by selecting the menu items prepared that best please them!

With the holidays around the corner, it's typical to ask yourself what you're going to cook for the special dinner.  Whether you've got a big crowd or an intimate dinner for two, you want it to be a delicious, memorable meal.  If you want your meal to be high-impact, but fairly easy to prepare, check out this menu and recipes I have written!  

Enjoy!  Chef Susan Ytterberg

Chef Susan Ytterberg- Honored again 2019!Orlando Small Business Excellence Award

Posted on June 3, 2019 at 5:10 PM



Golden Plum Personal Chef Service selected for 2019 Orlando Small Business Excellence


Orlando,FL - 5/13/2019 — Golden Plum Personal Chef Service has been selected for the

2019 Orlando Small Business Excellence Award in the Cooking Classes classification by the

Orlando Small Business Excellence Award Program.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each

category. The 2019 Orlando Small Business Excellence Award Program focuses on quality, not

quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Orlando

Small Business Excellence Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About the Orlando Small Business Excellence Awards Program

The Orlando Small Business Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding small businesses that

serve the Orlando area. Each year, our selection committee identifies businesses that we believe

have achieved outstanding marketing success in their local community and business classification.

Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and

implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. These are small

businesses that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers

and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Orlando area a vibrant and vital

place to live.

The Orlando Small Business Excellence Awards was established to reward the best of small

businesses in Orlando. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade

groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our

mission is to award the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy