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Happy New Year 4716!

  I’ve never been one to get excited about traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations. As soon as Christmas is in my rear-view mirror, I swear off all jingly music, shiny paper, and the rich, heavy food ...

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Cooking and Divorce

  Many families go through divorce. According to data published by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), nearly half of American marriages split up before the 20th wedding anniversary. ...

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Combat the Cold with Cowgirl Chili

  Last week a few of my co-workers gathered together to test our skills and face judgement by our peers in a Chopping Block Chili Cook-Off. The chilis were varied, the competition fierce and the ...

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Try Bitter Greens Salad during this Bitter Cold

  I fell in love with this salad when I was the chef at American Girl Place in Chicago. It was one of our most popular items probably because it was so delicious! You can substitute any kind of green ...

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A Chinese New Year Valentine

  Having lived in Beijing a number of years ago, an annual tradition we took home with us was a big, loud celebration dinner for Chinese New Year. With that coming up just over a month away, my mind ...

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Feeling Salty: A Guide to Seasoning

  Pink, black, grey, iodized, rock, coarse, fine and sea. These are all words you can use to describe salt. Feeling overwhelmed by your choices? I don’t blame you! From color, grit, and mineral ...

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Sous-Vide Steak in your Kitchen Sink

There are many ways to cook a steak, but this one is my favorite. By combining a little modern thinking (i.e. sous vide) with the ancient power of cast iron, we can achieve world-class results with ...

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Sensible Snacks

A new year is here and many people have decided that now is the time to start creating some healthier lifestyle habits. Beginning a workout routine and aiming to eat healthier overall obviously go ...

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Stock Your Arsenal: What are You Cooking With?

  Is one of your new year's resolutions to start cooking more? Did Santa bring you that Le Creuset Braiser or KitchenAide Stand Mixer you wanted? If not, this is the best time of year to get great ...

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New Year, New You (with us!)

  Although it’s the dead of winter here in Chicago, January is certainly a time of renewal. We dive back into our routines after holiday travel and take a moment to reprioritize. On many peoples' ...

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