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How to Make Sushi at Home

Just because I am a chef doesn’t mean that I am absolutely comfortable preparing every type of food. For instance, I certainly cannot claim to be an expert when it comes to making sushi.

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The Power of Parmesan Cheese

Just recently in a class I was teaching at The Chopping Block, a question was asked about how to finish a risotto without parmesan. To which I responded, why wouldn’t you want to finish your risotto ...

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The Building Blocks of Cooking: Spices, Vinegars and Oils

Is your pantry stocked well so that you are set up for success in the kitchen? Or do you find yourself running to the store for last-minute ingredients all of the time? If you are a newer home cook ...

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Four Ways to Enjoy Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of my most cherished summer produce items. I always advocate eating, cooking and using seasonal ingredients at their prime. In my opinion, it should be a crime to sell tomatoes in ...

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New England Lobster Party in Chicago

I think the next best thing to beer is lobster, so I must share with you the amazing time I had at a recent New England Lobster class.

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How to Make Mango Sorbet in Just 10 Minutes

I made homemade sorbet. Impressed? I know, right! And guess how long it took me? Here's how to make mango sorbet in just 10 minutes.

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It's White Asparagus Season

I noticed some really good quality white asparagus while visiting Whole Foods the other day. It made me think about how abundant this vegetable is in this country compared to ten years ago. 

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An Adventure in Frying Cheese Curds

Some days, things just fall into place.

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Recreating my Favorite Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Chicago

Grilled cheese is just one of those things that you just can’t get enough of. It's a comfort food from your childhood that now needs to live up to your adult palate.

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How to Dry and Preserve Morel Mushrooms

I purchased a house in Michigan last August and have been excited to go morel mushroom hunting like I used to when I was a kid. I have gone out over the years with my brother but haven’t had any ...

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