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Making Dessert for your Valentine: Score with Strawberry Pasta

  Box of fancy candies? Cliché. Chocolate covered strawberries? Done to death. Conversation hearts? We're not in grade school anymore! So what to do when you need a unique crowd pleasing... or date ...
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Why Sharing Food is So Special: A Valentine's Day of Memories

  For our past three Valentine's Days together (in three different Chicago apartments; that's real estate for ya!) my boyfriend and I have each made each other a surprise dish to impress each other ...
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Cioppino: The Perfect Seafood Lovers Stew

  Fall and winter are two of my favorite seasons. The meals during these times tend to be a bit heartier, comforting and warming. Those seasonal meals deliver the perfect warming hug to help get you ...
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Making Extracts: The Essentials

  Extract (noun): a preparation containing the active ingredient of a substance in a concentrated form.
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Bar Basics

Have you ever tried to make a cocktail only to discover that it is way too strong, too watery, or too sweet and have no idea how to fix it? Knowing a few ratios and bar basics will help. Making a ...
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Ooey Gooey Chocolate Lava Cakes

  With Valentine's Day lurking around the corner, it's time to eat chocolate! I don't need an excuse to eat chocolate, but I feel better about indulging when everyone else is doing the same.
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5 Cooking Tools That Will Work Hard for You

  Stocking your kitchen with the right tools can be a daunting task. There are a lot of resources to consider, places to shop for cooking tools, and it can all get a little overwhelming. Plus if ...
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Grocery Shopping for Summer: What’s in a Bodybuilder’s Fridge?

  As a personal trainer, I work with lots of people who want to lose weight. No matter how hard and how often you exercise, if you aren’t eating in accordance to your goals, you aren’t going to have ...
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A Cheesy Valentine Meal That Can't Be "Beet"

Valentine’s Day is just under two weeks away. Did you forget? It’s easy for this holiday to sneak up on a person, and next thing you know it, you are scrambling to find a dinner reservation. Do not ...
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Macaron Mania

  They’re petite, delicate, colorful and come in endless varieties that melt in your mouth. Yes, I’m talking about macarons! Macarons seem to make any occasion more special, and we’ve certainly found ...
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