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Grilled Fish Tacos: A Twist on a Summer Classic

  The hot summer months here in Chicago always make me think of a few things: milkshakes at Susie’s, burgers on the patio at Paradise Pup, and mostly, tacos. To be more specific, fish tacos. Don’t ...

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A Taste of Old Florida

  While some of you were shivering through the polar vortex earlier this month, I was home in Florida. Before you get all jealous know that I made the last minute trip home for a family emergency. ...

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How to Grill Whole Fish

  When flipping through cooking magazines this time of year, I typically come across eye-popping centerfolds of beautifully grilled, whole fish. It looks so approachable and easy to execute, but in ...

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Oh "Mahi" is this Fish Good

  Being raised in the heart of the Midwest, I'm certainly a meat and potatoes kind of guy. But I do love seafood when it is fresh and prepared well. I recently had the opportunity to work with some ...

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Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Whole Steamed Fish

  As you know from my last post, Chinese (Lunar) New Year is a big deal at our house: it’s the one holiday we brought back with us from China to celebrate with family and friends, ringing it in with ...

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Take Matters Into Your Own Hands with our New Guide to Home Butchery

  The meat case is one of the most confusing areas of the supermarket. You likely need the butcher's help deciphering the labels and identifying various cuts of meat in order to know what you are ...

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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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Finding Fresh Fish

Growing up, summer started when Dad brought home the first catch. Striped bass grilled in foil over a bed of sliced zucchini and summer squash was and still is a staple for family dinners. This would ...

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An Exercise in Pescetarianism

At the end of December, I decided to go vegetarian for the month of January. And, to be completely honest with you, I technically I opted for pescetarianism, since I allowed myself to eat fish on ...

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How I Became Brave Enough to Cook Fish

I am a forgetful person. No matter what I do, I can’t seem to overcome it. No matter how many post it notes I make or how many ‘reminder’ apps I download for my phone, I will forget something.

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