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It Might Be Time for New Cookware

  When my parents got married in September 1950, my mother had just turned 20 years old. She attended college studying to be a teacher, but like most women of her post-war generation, quit school ...

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What I've Learned at Chicago's Premier Recreational Cooking School

  I used to consider myself a pretty good cook. Like a lot of us, I learned by standing by my mother’s side in the kitchen. Her way with ingredients and flavors were a launchpad into my own world ...

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The Best Shrimp and Grits

  Shrimp and Grits are one of my all-time favorite meals. For breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, if they are on a menu, I’m ordering them! I’ve eaten them all over the country in every variation ...

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Are You Cool Enough for our New Happy Hour?

My birthday was last month, which means I got a lot of Facebook notifications from people I rarely speak to wishing me a “Happy Birthday.” Some of them went so far as to say, “Happy Birthday, ...

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Turn Smoked Salmon into an Easy, Yet Elegant Appetizer

  The next time you are hosting a party worthy of an elegant appetizer, try this quick Smoked Salmon Mousse. You can make a couple dozen of these tasty bites in about 30 minutes if you have a food ...

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Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Whole Steamed Fish

  As you know from my last post, Chinese (Lunar) New Year is a big deal at our house: it’s the one holiday we brought back with us from China to celebrate with family and friends, ringing it in with ...

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Chocolate Pot de Crème with Caramel Sauce and Kahlua Whipped Cream

Even though Valentine's Day is behind us, there's no reason why you can't make sexy and sweet desserts for that special someone in your life all year round so that they feel appreciated. This is one ...

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Whole vs Ground: A Spice Guide

  Open up your spice cabinet right now and take a good long look. How old are your dried herbs and spices? Have some followed you from one apartment to the next? Unless your jar of oregano has ...

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Hooray for Purée

  Garlic, ginger, chillies and herbs are some of my very favorite things! I like to use them liberally, and often. I want them to be near me at all times, with the minimum effort on my part.

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Calorically Concise Carbs

With the amount of conflicting information (and misinformation) floating around, it can sometime seem overwhelming figuring out which foods are “bad” or “good”.  Back in the 80s and 90s everyone ...

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