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5-Minute Appetizers that will Change your Holidays Forever

  I don’t know if your mother was/is similar to mine, but my mom didn’t think she was a good cook. Yet, if you ask any of my siblings or myself what foods we liked as kids, we all have multiple ...

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It's Dungeness Crab Season

Some of the things I miss most about living in the Bay Area are Dungeness Crab season, “Karl” the Fog and the salty air. Recreational crab season in the Bay Area starts in early November and can ...

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Are You Cool Enough for our New Happy Hour?

My birthday was last month, which means I got a lot of Facebook notifications from people I rarely speak to wishing me a “Happy Birthday.” Some of them went so far as to say, “Happy Birthday, ...

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Turn Smoked Salmon into an Easy, Yet Elegant Appetizer

  The next time you are hosting a party worthy of an elegant appetizer, try this quick Smoked Salmon Mousse. You can make a couple dozen of these tasty bites in about 30 minutes if you have a food ...

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These Crispy Shrimp Will Leave Your Guests 'Wonton' More

  Holiday times seem to bring us to the kitchen a lot more than the rest of the year. We entertain at home or go out to holiday parties and bring food with us to share. Last month, I gave you an ...

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Homemade Cranberry Pepper Jelly for the Holidays

Growing up, there were two things I could always count on every single Christmas. My great Aunt Selma and Uncle Jiggs would send us a two pound loaf of fruitcake. That would be unwrapped, put out on ...

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Holiday Appetizer: Meatballs with Apple Cider BBQ Sauce

  This year seemed to fly by so quickly, and already the holidays are here again! I watched my oldest son become a teenager and my youngest son become a superstar of several sports. Those glorious ...

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Potato Plantain Croquettes: A Unique Vegan Appetizer

If you’ve been to any cooking class at The Chopping Block, you’ll be given a little appetizer that we employees refer to as a “Chef App.” A lot of times, your chef app is our famous Truffled Popcorn. ...

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The Easiest Summer Appetizer: Parmesan Crisps

As the summer season begins, so too does entertaining season. One of the more frequent questions I get from students is about appetizers. Everyone seems to be a “deer caught in headlights” about the ...

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Easy and Elegant Sesame Seared Tuna

Chefs are a lot alike in many respects. We like to work in a kitchen that offers us opportunities to learn. Many of us have had more jobs throughout our careers than people in other professions ...

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