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Turn Up your Winter Squash Game

  It’s officially fall, which means it's time for one of my favorites: winter squash. In the hard-shelled squash family, there are often two that are very familiar: butternut squash and spaghetti ...

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Stop Using Unsalted Butter

Conventional wisdom tells us a lot of things when it comes to cooking: searing meat seals in the juices, salt your water to make it boil faster, don’t cut raw meat on a wooden cutting board, add oil ...

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The Right Salt for the Right Job

  I have come to realize throughout all these years of teaching and cooking that something as simple as using the right salt, in the right amount, and at the right time, can make a huge difference in ...

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Don't Knock Mushrooms until you've had them Cooked Properly

  I often hear from students in our cooking classes about the foods they say they don’t like. When I hear this, my next question is always “What don’t you like about it?” As a nutritional chef, I run ...

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Spring Asparagus in a Rainbow of Colors

Asparagus is in season now, even though it's pretty much available all year long, especially the green variety. But the best time to eat asparagus is between late February and June. You'll see it ...

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A Chef's Moving Checklist

So, as the saying goes, life happens while you’re making other plans. I was all set to write a follow up to my blog The Only Four Knives You Need in Your Kitchen. And then life happened, and we moved ...

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The Chopping Block's Herbs de Provence Salt

I have been growing a tremendous number of herbs in Michigan and experimenting with different preservation methods for them. It's been revelatory for me! Before I started drying my own herbs, I had ...

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10 Things to Make with Too Many Herbs

  As any of you who have a garden know, keeping up with herbs can be a bit of a challenge. Every summer I try to grow enough herbs and vegetables for me and my husband to eat through the entire ...

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Which Produce is in Season When?

There’s nothing like fresh produce: it’s good for you, it’s delicious, and it’s always available. But have you stopped to think why and how fresh food is always there, in the grocery store, year ...

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Broth, Stock, and Bone Broth

  Stock is the foundation of so many classical dishes that chefs spend years perfecting their perfect, clear flavorful stock. But what really is it? And how does it differentiate from its younger, ...

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Cook with This, Not That

In a perfect world, we'd all have the time and energy to cook flavorful and healthy meals morning, noon, and night. Obviously this isn't always the case, and we find ourselves reaching for shortcuts ...

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Grocery Shopping for Summer: What’s in a Bodybuilder’s Fridge?

  As a personal trainer, I work with lots of people who want to lose weight. No matter how hard and how often you exercise, if you aren’t eating in accordance to your goals, you aren’t going to have ...

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Edible Holiday Gifts: The Sweet, The Spicy and The Salty

If you’re looking for a host gift, a stocking stuffer, or something to put under the tree, edible is best when it comes to gifts. These homemade gifts are minimal effort and maximum tasty so you can ...

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A Beginner's Guide to Fresh Herbs and Spices

  When it comes to the use of herbs and spices, many of us think we’ve got it down pat. I know there was a time when I thought I was doing it right by shaking in some chili powder and dried oregano ...

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Why You Should Add Sorghum to Your Diet

  Would you like to know about the new food trend coming down the line?

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The Dark Side to Garlic

In Star Wars, there is a light side and a dark side. The light side represents good, while the dark side represents evil, anger, and a  farmboy regressing against his father. But in the case of ...

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