Purpose Behind the Plate: Culinary Expert Finds Her Missing Ingredient in Senior Living (Featuring Dessert Recipes)

At New Perspective, we believe meals are the most important social events of the day. Food brings people together, which is why we put so much emphasis on providing great meals and finding talented individuals to prepare them.

Meet Jenni Young

One of the key players in our Woodland Terrace community kitchen in Danville, Indiana is culinary director Jenni Young. She found her passion for food at a young age and carried it into adulthood. After studying culinary arts and restaurant/hotel management, Jenni naturally moved into the hospitality industry where she worked for about 15 years.

Jenni loves providing great service and making people smile with all of her tasty confections. However, after working several years in hospitality, she started to feel a disconnect between the food she was preparing and the people consuming it.

“In hospitality, you don’t often get the chance to hear feedback from the people eating your food,” Jenni said.

Transitioning her career to senior living has provided Jenni with the chance to find the missing ingredient she had been looking for: a purpose to the plate.

If you’re a culinary professional or aspiring to turn your passion for food into a job, click here to view our latest openings.

Holiday Goodness

With the holidays and new year right around the corner, check out some of Jenni’s recipes below to make this time of year extra special for family and friends.

White Chocolate White Velvet Cupcake with a Peppermint Chip Marshmallow Buttercream

14 oz (396 g) cake flour

● 13 oz (368 g) granulated sugar

● ½ cup chopped white chocolate chunks

● 1 tsp salt

● 1 tbsp baking powder

● 1/2 tsp baking soda

● 5 oz (142 g) egg whites room temperature

● 4 oz (113 g) vegetable oil

● 10 oz (284 g) buttermilk room temperature or slightly warm

● 6 oz (170 g) butter unsalted and softened

● 2 tsp vanilla

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together and set aside.

2. Then, add the rest of the ingredients together into a separate mixing bowl.

3. Slowly add in your dry ingredients to the mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.

4. Afterwards, place the mixture in a greased 8×8 or 8×9 baking dish or in a lined cupcake tin.

5. Bake at 350* for 22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

6. Set the cupcakes aside to cool until they are ready to decorate.

Buttercream Icing

● 1 block of butter

● 5 cups powdered sugar

● 3 teaspoons almond extract

Mix the ingredients together until smooth. Then, split the mixture in two and mix in crushed peppermint in one part and add in white chocolate pieces to the other part.

Coffee Caramel Peanut Butter Brownie

Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce – Ingredients

● 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

● 1/4 cup brown sugar

● 1/2 cup heavy cream

● 2 tbsp corn syrup

Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce – Instructions

  1. On the stove top, put a medium sized pan on medium heat to start the peanut butter caramel sauce.
  2. Add 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of corn syrup. Whisk well until it slightly bubbles and at a nice, thick and creamy consistency. When completely blended, the sauce is finished.
  3. Remove from heat and set to the side.

Espresso Brownies With Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce – Ingredients

● 3 eggs

● 1 cup all purpose flour

● 1/4 cup cocoa powder

● 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

● 5 teaspoons instant espresso powder

● 8 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)

● 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

● 1/2 teaspoon salt

● 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

● sea salt (garnish )

● non-stick spray

Espresso Brownies With Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce – Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large mixing bowl, add 1 stick melted butter.

3. Add cocoa powder, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 5 teaspoons, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 3 eggs and mix well. Add in the 1 cup flour and mix until thoroughly mixed. Mixing with just a spatula works fine for this.

4. Lightly spray your 8×11 baking dish and add brownie mix.

5. Place dollops of peanut caramel sauce over the brownie mix. You can use about 2/3 of the sauce.

6. Use a knife to make swirls with the peanut butter caramel sauce.

7. Cook for 25 minutes for gooey brownies. You can cook slightly longer if you enjoy crispy brownies.

8. Put on a cooling rack for 30 minutes.

9. Drizzle with more peanut butter caramel sauce and sprinkle with some sea salt. Then, cut into 12 pieces and serve.

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