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What Does "Cooked" Really Mean?

I recently looked up definitions of the word "cooked" online. Over and over, the definitions point to the application of heat to food as meaning "cooked". But I wonder, are these definitions missing ...

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Shopping Nirvana

My students often ask me where I like to shop for my groceries and that’s an easy choice for me. If you find yourself heading into Skokie anytime soon, you must stop at either the Village Market ...

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Cooking Like our Ancestors

Last Sunday, I taught a class on charcuterie. It was a great opportunity to see that people are considering this style of cooking at home, rather than just going to a restaurant and ordering ...

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We Provide a Positive Direction

Each week, I pour two years of culinary knowledge into the minds of sixteen teens. I love what I do: teaching, pulling inspiration out of these teens and watching them flourish by just giving them ...

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Hurricane Food

As you are reading this, the Gulf Coast is feeling the effects of Hurricane Isaac. It certainly wasn't the worst storm ever, but it's definitely eerie that it hit the New Orleans area on the seventh ...

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I Dream of Jiro

Earlier this week, I watched a documentary about a storied sushi maker called Jiro Dreams of Sushi . Named for the dreams in which the sushi maker finds inspiration, the film follows the 85 year-old ...

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Vinaka, Fiji

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Summer Grilling: Eat What You Catch

Grilling during the summer months takes many forms for me. In honor of our June grilling promotion (20% off all grilling accessories), I will share one of my unique culinary adventures. On any given ...

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A Taste of Spring

When my husband and I go to visit my family down in Champaign, there is always a big focus on food. Whether our trip is planned around a holiday or just some free time, my mother and I usually have ...

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Help! My Dinner Needs an Ambulance

Have you ever felt that your meal was, well…. lifeless? Have you ever sat down to dinner and realized that the finished product had “flat lined”? If so, you’re not alone! Don’t be embarrassed because ...

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