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Ube: The Purple People Pleaser

  Have you seen the purple food craze that has been all over the internet recently? From ice cream to donuts, to cakes and cocktails, very violet food creations are all the rage right now. The ...

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After a Long Absence, a Chef Returns to San Miguel

  I’ve been traveling to the lovely colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for 13 years now, and with each trip, something remarkable happens. That’s the magic of San Miguel, which you always ...

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Drink Your Alcohol Hot

  There’s nothing hotter than a cocktail on a chilly fall day — really.

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5-Ingredient Potato Gratin: The Ultimate Fall Side Dish

  In my house, it’s not officially fall until we make potato gratin, a comforting dish of thinly sliced potatoes, cream, garlic and cheese, baked until bubbling and golden brown to perfection. It’s ...

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Mac O' Lanterns

  It finally feels like Fall in Chicago, and Halloween is just around the corner! While Halloween puts lots of attention on candy and all things sweet (Reese’s are my favorite), I was racking my ...

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The Tale of Fettuccine Alfredo

  Dim the lights. Gather in a circle. Put a flashlight under your chin. You are about to hear one of the scariest tales of blog writing ever to be told.

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Amaro Never Dies

  I came late to the enjoyment of bitterness. In my late teens, I had to ease myself into drinking coffee one heaping tablespoon of sugar at a time. It’s not just me though. In the U.S. we have a ...

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Amaro: What's Old is New Again

The world of cocktails mimics fashion - there are trends and styles reappear from time to time. What was once your grandmother's favorite dress is back en vogue and what was once your grandfather's ...

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Down-home Pot Roast

  When I was growing up, my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents convened almost every Sunday night at my home for card night! There was no money, booze or foul language involved in these card ...

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Holiday Wine Gifts at The Chopping Block

    Wine is fun and easy for holiday gift-giving. There’s a price for every pocketbook, it’s appropriate for friends, family and business colleagues and – despite disruptions in many supply chains – ...

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