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Mushrooms On My Mind: The Tale of a Fungi

"Yuck! Mushrooms!" How many times have I heard that exclamation from the mouths of kids (and many of my beloved adult friends and family). If you are a mushroom hater, I understand you: the texture ...
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DIY Mushrooms

If you've read my blog before, you know that I tend to be a do-it-yourself-er. This past spring, I wrote about foraging for mushrooms. While doing a little research, I got struck by a proverbial bolt ...
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Chinese Hot Pot: Wintery Warmth

Spring officially started a week ago, yet one glance at the frozen tundra that is Chicago, and you’d think it was February. That means my brain is stuck on foods that foster wintery warmth, rather ...
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Fantastic Cooking vs Glorious Fails

It’s not what you do, but how you do it.
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Shoyu Ramen vs. Chicken and Dumplings

I have had an obsession with noodles lately. Not sure why, but I just can’t get enough of them. It might have to do with David Chang’s “Mind of a Chef” being on Netfix now, but who can really say? My ...
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Cooking to Clean Out the Fridge

Every couple of weeks, my wife and I make one of our favorite meals. It’s called clean out the fridge. We like to think of it as our own little Iron Chef challenge. Over the years we have had some ...
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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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Where Everybody Knows Your Name

There’s a reason why Norm came back to the bar day after day, and it may not have had anything to do with the domestic beer and subpar bar snacks.
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Salt Block Party

Fads permeate every aspect of our culture, even food. It makes sense when you think about it. Human beings are competitive by nature, and we are always looking for something to set us apart from our ...
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Spring Fever

I just returned from a weekend trip to Seattle with my wife and it really gave me Spring Fever.
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