The Connected Chef's Blog


The Connected Chef's Blog


So, I've finally decided that I'm going to do some writing. I've honestly been thinking about doing a blog for years. I envisioned it as a place I go to to journal, really. I can lament, celebrate and just get shit down on paper. There will be profanity, incomplete sentences and the occasional brain dump, but there will always be connection.  The goal is always a little inspiration and support for you, with a dash of laughter.

But as usual...No Recipe Required.

I hope you enjoy!


January 21, 2021

This lentils and chicken dish is a super tasty and easy dinner dish. The best part of this meal is that it can all be cooked in one pot. One pot meals are super easy and are super flavorful because all of the ingredients cook and develop together. Also this one pot dish make for … Read more

The Connected Chef – Then, Now, and What’s To Come…

December 9, 2020

Then? The strength of community has always been at the forefront of The Connected Chef and our work. We have always worked collaboratively, understood the disparity that we see in regards to food access across NYC, and know that something needs to be done to tip the scales.  Pre COVID-19, we focused on education in … Read more

Distribution Partners

December 9, 2020

Our work has always been very collaborative and community-based, but that has taken on a whole new meaning over the last 8 months. We have been in community overdrive (if there is such a thing) and it’s been humbling and beautiful to participate in.  While Omar and I and our team of volunteers and staff … Read more

Winter: Seasonal Vegetables

December 1, 2020

When you shop in a supermarket (like most of the country), you technically have access to vegetables and fruits that aren’t actually in season in your region.  In areas like NY, Winter is a time for lots of root vegetables and other vegetables that are typically harvested in the Fall and held through the winter.  … Read more

Best Healthy Habits To Practice At Home

October 5, 2020

A nutritious diet and plenty of exercise can undoubtedly promote good health, but what about the daily habits you practice at home? From your everyday routine to getting the proper sleep, there are several things you can do to promote and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. It’s said that good habits begin at home, and this … Read more

Transitioning Back to School

September 11, 2020

Tips and tools to ease your morning and after school routines Do you feel settled yet in the back to school grind? My name is Kim Calichio and I am the founder of The Connected Chef. I am also a GUG parent myself and I remember starting GUG & how inconsistent and reactive our Kindergarten … Read more

Mix and Match Veggie Quesadillas

July 18, 2020

Mix and Match Veggie Quesadillas are a great way to incorporate all types of veggies into one meal. You can put anything you want inside, cheese, roasted veggies, beans, meat or any type of sauce. This recipe provides great suggestions for vegetarian filling but, feel free to add whatever you’d like! There are 3 main … Read more

Summer: Seasonal Vegetables

June 26, 2020

When you shop in a supermarket (like most of the country), you technically have access to vegetables and fruits that aren’t actually in season in your region.  In areas like NY, Summer is a time for lots of bright, sweet and watery vegetables. If you think about it, nature is quite smart because these are … Read more

Strawberry Orange Soup

June 4, 2020

Strawberry Orange Soup is a refreshing soup filled with fresh fruit and yogurt, making it the perfect healthy treat for summertime. Its based off of a puree which are a great way to add fruits and veggies into any meal. This recipe is super simple and a great way to get kids involved in cooking. … Read more

Cowboy Caviar

June 3, 2020

Cowboy Caviar is the perfect recipe for a sunny summer day or a barbecue with your family! Its a simple and delicious dip that combines flavorful vegetables with creamy avocado. This dip is so easy to make and can be eaten on anything, a taco, quesadilla, as a dip, or just with a spoon! Its … Read more