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Chinese 5-Spice Chicken

One of the most impossible questions I get asked as a chef is “What is your favorite thing to cook?” It's hard to answer because I rarely cook the exact same dish twice! The exception to this rule is ...

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Culture Churn: Making Cultured Butter At Home

Butter is the backbone of most things delicious, but making your own cultured butter opens doors to a multitude of culinary endeavors. It's easy, requiring just a bit of patience and offering a burst ...

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Summer Salsa on the Grill

Spring has sprung, so it's time to get outside and fire up the grill. There is truly something mesmerizing to me about cooking over an open fire, especially with hot coals or natural wood! Growing up ...

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Pickled Asparagus: A Sign of Spring

We are in peak asparagus season! When you have an asparagus patch in your garden, you are never short of these amazing vegetables through the spring and summer. Asparagus is a perennial and one of ...

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The Unsung Hero of the Kitchen: Staff Meal

As a chef, my life revolves around food. From the crack of dawn to the dead of night, I’m immersed in a world of flavors, techniques, and relentless passion for culinary artistry. But amidst the ...

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Scrambled Egg Hacks

Cooking eggs is one of those things that professional cooks tend to obsess over. Even the number of pleats in a traditional French toque (100) supposedly represent the 100 different ways to cook an ...

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Plum and Basil Upside Down Cake

Finally, it’s plum season! Plums are typically in season May through October, but they are at their peak in June through August in the U.S. California grows the majority of domestic plums, but ...

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The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg

Hello, my name is Lisa, and I have an egg addiction! For those of you who know me, I tend to bring up eggs in almost every conversation and cooking class I teach. I seriously eat eggs every single ...

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Roasted Corn and Poblano Chowder

When teaching a class, there’s one question I get asked most and that’s “what’s your favorite type of food to make?” It’s a really hard question to answer, because I love all types of food and ...

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Food Styling Secrets

As a food photographer and stylist, I’m often asked about the craziest, grossest thing I’ve ever done to a piece of food to get it to look good on camera. The answer? You’ve got the wrong stylist. ...

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