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Delicata Squash Two Ways

  It is almost Delicata squash season! I have seen a couple of people on Instagram already start posting recipes using my favorite vegetable. Not sure why it has such a short season, but when I get ...

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Savor Summer with Pickled Corn Relish

  If you’ve read some of my other blogs, then you know I enjoy preserving summer produce this time of year. All the greatest produce is in season right now, and I feel like I have a duty to can and ...

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Cinnamon Rolls

Making homemade dough is something that I have not always been comfortable with. But learning from talented pastry chefs at The Chopping Block and after teaching plenty of kids and teen baking ...

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The Simple Pleasure of a Summer Shrub

If you, like me, are among the leagues of Americans trying to cut back on alcohol during these dog days of summer, then indulge me in five minutes of your time for a soapbox about shrubs.

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Boast about Your Bruschetta Board

  Do you ever think about where words for food come from? There is more to it than just the etymology to consider, there is also a semantic shift.

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Cocktails with the Most Aromatic Orgeat Syrup Ever

  This is a great story of chef meets mixologist. I was recently teaching a virtual Trip to Hawaii cooking class on a warm August Saturday night. I noticed that one of my students was drinking a ...

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Smoking Seafood

My favorite food is seafood, so naturally that would play a big part in my summer project to learn how to use a charcoal/wood smoker like a pro. Some of my first smoking experiments were ribs and ...

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I Put Some Lettuce in Hot Water and This Happened

  As a self-taught chef, I have always enjoyed watching other chefs and cooks work whether in-person or on screen. Even if I’m just watching something for leisure I will always file away any ...

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Coctel de Camarones: Summer's Perfect Appetizer

  I really miss our annual, month-long vacation trips to the lovely, idyllic town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Soon after arriving, we always make it a habit of stopping in at one of our ...

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Coffee and Cooking

Did you know that 64% of American adults currently consume coffee every day? And that Americans drink about 400 million cups of coffee every day, which is roughly about 146 billion cups of coffee per ...

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