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The Right Salt for the Right Job

  I have come to realize throughout all these years of teaching and cooking that something as simple as using the right salt, in the right amount, and at the right time, can make a huge difference in ...

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Don't Knock Mushrooms until you've had them Cooked Properly

  I often hear from students in our cooking classes about the foods they say they don’t like. When I hear this, my next question is always “What don’t you like about it?” As a nutritional chef, I run ...

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Spring Asparagus in a Rainbow of Colors

Asparagus is in season now, even though it's pretty much available all year long, especially the green variety. But the best time to eat asparagus is between late February and June. You'll see it ...

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A Chef's Moving Checklist

So, as the saying goes, life happens while you’re making other plans. I was all set to write a follow up to my blog The Only Four Knives You Need in Your Kitchen. And then life happened, and we moved ...

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The Chopping Block's Herbs de Provence Salt

I have been growing a tremendous number of herbs in Michigan and experimenting with different preservation methods for them. It's been revelatory for me! Before I started drying my own herbs, I had ...

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10 Things to Make with Too Many Herbs

  As any of you who have a garden know, keeping up with herbs can be a bit of a challenge. Every summer I try to grow enough herbs and vegetables for me and my husband to eat through the entire ...

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Which Produce is in Season When?

There’s nothing like fresh produce: it’s good for you, it’s delicious, and it’s always available. But have you stopped to think why and how fresh food is always there, in the grocery store, year ...

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Broth, Stock, and Bone Broth

  Stock is the foundation of so many classical dishes that chefs spend years perfecting their perfect, clear flavorful stock. But what really is it? And how does it differentiate from its younger, ...

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Cook with This, Not That

In a perfect world, we'd all have the time and energy to cook flavorful and healthy meals morning, noon, and night. Obviously this isn't always the case, and we find ourselves reaching for shortcuts ...

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Grocery Shopping for Summer: What’s in a Bodybuilder’s Fridge?

  As a personal trainer, I work with lots of people who want to lose weight. No matter how hard and how often you exercise, if you aren’t eating in accordance to your goals, you aren’t going to have ...

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