Karen is not only obsessed with food and style but also creates delicious meals that are chock full of nutrition. She always uses fresh, organic ingredients that are usually low fat and calorie conscious. Delicious, healthy meals served with a high aesthetic quality!
Lisa C. ~ Alpine, NJ
Ah the joys of discussing shallots, mascarpone, or plump, fresh apricots fresh off the farm! These are conversations I’ve always had with Zest for Life chef Karen Sheer. Together we have shared a love for cooking since college days.
While Karen has advanced to chef, I remain simply a devoted home cook who eagerly sops up recipes from magazines, tips from food channels and instruction from those who know more than me about ingredients, tools and technique.
Karen is someone I learn a great deal from all the time. I have watched her career grow professionally as she went from the kitchen at Gourmet Magazine, to establishing a teaching and catering career of her own.
I have a file of Karen Sheer recipes and they surpass anything I’ve ever found in any other cookbook. If I use one (and I use many) I know the results will be an innovative, very flavorful and healthier version of whatever I was trying to make. Often they’re not “versions” at all, but completely new creations that didn’t exist before.
When I make one of her recipes I tell my guests that I’m almost certain that they will not leave my house or party without asking for that Karen Sheer recipe. Some of Karen’s recipes that I depend on include a Orange Tamari Vinaigrette, a Celery Root Bisque with Peppered Pita Croutons, a Brisket recipe with caramelized onions that is absolutely toothsome, and Apricot and White Chocolate Biscotti just to name a few.
Karen’s creativity is impressive. She sees no reason to cook or serve the “same-old” and always, and I mean always insists on food that is different, creative and healthy. She encourages friends and clients to step out of their cooking and serving ruts and excite their family and guests with something different.
I have also served as a prep cook for Karen at some of her catering events. She is decidedly focused and professional, insisting on the same level of dedication and attention to detail that she has when the spoon, pot and spices are in her hands.
As a writer and food reviewer in New York City since 2005, I have experienced some pretty fabulous meals. I would eat, cook, or serve Karen’s food at a special event with the same confidence and excitement I would have for meals prepared by the world’s top chefs. Karen is an artist and innovator, and her canvas is the palate. Her world of food is one worth pursuing.
Lisa Segelman, Red Shoes Communications, Randolph, NJ
Karen Sheer puts her heart into everything she prepares. She scours the market for the freshest organic ingredients and she agonizes over the presentation of each and every dish. The result is a culinary experience that satisfies all of the senses. Karen has been preparing dinners for my family on a weekly basis as well as catering for holiday events. She’s never disappointed and she never runs out of ideas.
I adore this talented woman !!!
Kathy L. Tenafly, N.J.
Karen is such a talented chef she can make your shoes taste good. I think I saw her make a whole cake in her Easy-Bake Oven.
When Karen cooks for you she pleases all the senses: The beauty of her food presentation, the aroma of the food, the taste of the food, the feel of the food in your hands when you take a cooking lesson, and then hearing the applause of your friends and family when they cheer your genius for hiring Karen to cook for you. Karen’s food is better than going on vacation! Karen’s food is love.
Esther G. (Demarest NJ)
Simply put, Karen’s meals are culinary delights. From the freshest ingredients Karen creates scrumptous and healthy dishes, which both excite the palate are a feast for the eyes. Karen’s keen sense of design and attention to detail guarantee that the final presentation completes the overall dining experience. Karen’s passion for food always translates into a festive meal. Karen is a pleasure to work with- Sheer perfection from beginning to end!
Susan H. ~ Demarest, NJ
Just wanted to let you know how fantastic I thought the food and presentation were for my party. I have never seen vegetables as beautiful! I love that everything is organic and fresh! You helped make my party a big success and I cannot wait to have you cook for my guests again.
Pam D. ~ Tenafly, NJ
Karen is a master chef.
Her cuisine is exciting, innovative and absolutely delicious.
Her organic ingredients are of the highest quality and the freshest you will ever taste.
Her professionalism, passion and attention to detail provides a truly joyful experience.
Andrea and Lester S. ~ Englewood, NJ
There is nothing better than having a perfect evening as a guest in your own home while Karen Sheer catering takes care of every little detail to delicious perfection.
Debbie R. ~ Englewood, NJ
I must say once again Karen and her blog “A Zest for Life, ” have come to the rescue. There continue to be many holidays where I find myself in a jam and behind the 8-ball in my cooking preparation. As the quote goes “life is what happens when your busy doing other things, ” all of sudden it is 6 days before the big feast like Thanksgiving and my recipe selection is still in limbo. Fortunately, I needn’t look any further than Karen Sheers blog to find all the mouth-watering recipes I need to impress my guests. Even though my guests have come before, I am driven to dazzle. One can rest assured, that EVERYTHING you decide to cook from Karen’s blog will be beautiful, healthy, and delicious. Karen’s passion for food is obvious in her prose. She educates and inspires her readers along the way. What more can you ask for in a food blog? When I search Karen’s blog my passion for cooking returns and I remember why I have once again said yes to hosting a holiday. I love the easy-to-follow step-by step cooking instructions with the accompanying photos. Karen’s method of showing the reader up-front, the ingredients, the process and the finished product is a recipe for success. Karen is also personally responsive if you need clarification or more information. Just send her an email and she will answer. And thats why we keep coming back for more. This Thanksgiving at our Thanksgiving table we will thank Karen Sheer for our exquisite, scrumptious, heavenly meal.