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This Coffee Cake is Bananas

  I recently was faced with an abundance of overripe bananas, and while my go-to in this situation is usually my mom’s banana bread, I was inspired by Banana’s Foster, another of my favorite banana ...

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A Meal Planning Win: Veal Meatballs, Four Ways

I love being in the kitchen. It’s my favorite thing to do, even after a long day of work at my office job. But there are some nights when I know I’ll be working late, so a little planning on my part ...

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Put your Food Preservation Fears to Rest

Local farmers markets are bursting with late-summer produce right now. Wouldn't it be great if you could enjoy this bounty in the middle of a frigid Midwest winter? You can, simply by canning, ...

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Rosle in the Kitchen

  Students often ask about my favorite kitchen utensils and the best brands to purchase. I believe purchasing the right tools is a good investment and in regards to the brand, it all comes down to ...

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A Southern Tradition

  Every summer my family gets together for a reunion. From old to young, it’s great to have every generation together to share stores from the past and to make new memories. A lot of the fond ...

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3 Helpful Tips for First Time Fermenters

  Fermentation is a metabolic process with the aid of yeast, bacteria and other microorganisms that breaks down usually a carbohydrate-rich food into carbon dioxide and alcohol or acid. Beer, wine, ...

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The Tale of Two Bubblies

  Once upon a time, you’d pour a bubbly – from France, Spain or parts beyond - and folks would exclaim, “Oh goodie, Champagne!” Now, when any anonymous bubbly flows, folks respond, “Oh goodie, ...

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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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Dinner Drinks Guaranteed to Impress your Guests

  If you never know what wine to serve when hosting a dinner party, you aren't alone. Lots of students tell us they spend a lot of time and money on building an amazing meal with layers of flavor and ...

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5 Wines and What We’re Eating with Them this Summer

  The days of showing up with a six pack of Bud Light and a half-eaten box of pizza are over. As we age, there’s a new obligation to bring something exciting. Something sophisticated. Something that ...

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