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Use a Cast Iron Pan To Cook Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert

  I’m often asked when teaching a cooking class about the virtues of cast iron. It’s one of the easiest questions to answer, as well as one of the most difficult ones. Most home cooks love the ...

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Pastas of the Night: Penne Puttanesca

Time: it “keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future.” No, this isn’t a Steve Miller flashback to 1977; it’s you trying to figure out what to make for dinner after 8 hours of work on a ...

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Why You Should Always Have a Camera When You Cook

When you have a dinner party and you have to write a blog a few days later, you might want to have a camera nearby to take photos of that gorgeous and delicious meal that you just prepared. However, ...

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Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes

Today is Christmas Eve and one of my family’s favorite meals of the year. If you read my blogs, you will know that no event happens without some sort of feast, and Christmas Eve is certainly no ...

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Meat Lovers: Beef Up your Holiday Tradition

A typical Christmas dinner at the Miller household usually consists of roast turkey and traditional fixings. That's because my family is literally spread all over the world, and we aren't able to ...

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Gluten-Free in One Pot

This month, I think I’ll let my new favorite cookbook do the talking. It’s Gluten-Free Girl Every Day by Shauna James Ahern. I bought it last month at The Chopping Block and have enjoyed cooking (and ...

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Let's Bring Back Sunday Family Dinner

America seems to be losing focus on the great tradition of having Sunday dinner together as a family. Honestly, how many of us still partake in this tradition regularly?

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How to Pull Off a Dinner Party in One Hour

Months ago, a dear friend of mine asked me to host a dinner party for his upcoming birthday. Seeing as how I love to entertain, I enthusiastically agreed! And then, I forgot.

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I Got the Blues

Some people consider Memorial Day the start of summer, but I always know the heat is on once my favorite festival commences at the beginning of June. I look forward to this every year, and since ...

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Food & Wine Extravaganza

I had dinner with an old friend last week... along with 22 students of The Chopping Block. Scott Noorman and I had the luxury and pleasure of entertaining our guests with a lovely five-course meal ...

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