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Perfectly Peel-able Eggs

  I always feel like the need for peeled hard-boiled eggs seems to grow exponentially with the onset of Summer! My personal favorite ways to use them include sliced hard-boiled eggs in my picnic ...

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Griddle Me This

If I have said it once, I have said it a million times, I love outdoor cooking! My newest outdoor cooking apparatus that I have added to my collection is my flat top griddle. What is a flat top ...

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Duck is Delicious

Duck is one of those misunderstood and maligned foods. I rarely hear people say they love duck, and I think the reason why is that most people don’t know how to properly cook duck. I am talking about ...

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Home Cook Chef Hacks

  There have been numerous culinary techniques I have learned throughout my career that have made me the chef I am today. I always say that as a cook you need to understand all of the aspects of ...

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Broiling for Beginners

I feel broiling is a very underutilized cooking technique for everyday cooking. How often can you say you use your broiler at home? It can be daunting if you do not know how to use it, but when used ...

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Perfectly Popped Popcorn

  Now that we are firmly in the icy grasp of winter, it's finally time to unashamedly carbo-load. Typically all we hear these days about carbs is one slanderous, ill-researched smear after another, ...

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Culinary Siphons are Not Only for Whipped Cream

  I used to love when my mom would buy Reddi-Whip when I was a kid; it was such a fun treat to eat right out of the can. It wasn’t until I grew up and went to culinary school that I started to whip ...

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Cooking Oyster Mushrooms

  When I first started my adventures in mushroom cultivation, I buried my head in every book on mycology and watched every video YouYube could provide me on mushroom growing. I was able to pick up ...

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Three Easy Soups in Less than 15 Minutes

I’m generally not a fan of cold weather. It’s uncomfortable and managing the layers of clothing is a nuisance.  However, I have four decades of successfully coping with Midwest winter, and I’m not ...

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In a Pickle with a Peck of Peppers

I don’t think there is a season I look forward to more than summer. After a long cold winter, us Midwesterners long for warm weather and sunshine like a dog loves a bone. Without fail, by the time I ...

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Layer the Vegetables Up

  It’s the end of Summer, and those vegetables and herbs we’ve been patiently waiting to reach their peak all season have finally done so - I love it! Our little balcony garden is literally ...

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Deep Frying 101

  When I think of fried foods I am immediately transported to when I was a kid. The nostalgia of carnivals and fairground funnel cakes, deep fried Twinkies, anything deep fried on a stick really ...

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Cooking from the Farmers Market

    I love farmers markets. Not only do you get access to the best tasting, seasonal produce picked at its peak of flavor, but it has traveled just a short time between the farm and market to get to ...

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Oklahoma Style Fried Chicken

  I started cooking in restaurants when I was fourteen. My mom was able to land me a job at MP’s Chicken where the only items on the menu were fried chicken, coleslaw, French fries and honey buns. ...

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How to Work with Phyllo Dough

  Frozen phyllo dough is a great time saver: you can create appetizers, pastries and desserts without having to make the dough. Traditionally, phyllo dough is made by stretching a flour-and-water ...

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