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Provincetown Picks

It is hard to believe that Apple Fest is behind us, and we are anticipating cooler weather and heartier meals coming up soon in Chicago. Fall on the East Coast is beautiful as well, so I booked a ...

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Smoking Seafood

My favorite food is seafood, so naturally that would play a big part in my summer project to learn how to use a charcoal/wood smoker like a pro. Some of my first smoking experiments were ribs and ...

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A Taste of Cape Cod: Fried Oyster Maki Rolls

  Last week, my family and I spent the week on Cape Cod and as you can probably imagine, we indulged in seafood dish after seafood dish. When in Rome, right?! We were there with my brothers and their ...

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The Lowdown on Lobster

  I am going to let you all in on a little secret which may probably shock you: I don’t love lobster like most folks. This may be an unpopular opinion, but that is where I stand! Lobster has always ...

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Steamed Seafood in the Instant Pot

My love for my Instant Pot runs deep. I use it for basic functions like making soups, cooking dried beans quickly, hard-boiling eggs, cooking pasta, making the perfect cheesecake, braising meat and ...

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How to Grill Baby Octopus

    We officially kicked off grilling season last Wednesday with a hands-on grilling class on Cinco de Mayo. On Saturday, we had our first demonstration class on the Lincoln Square patio with one of ...

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Make Mexican Shrimp Cocktail This Weekend

  The first time I ever experienced coctel de camarones (Mexican shrimp cocktail) was 21 years ago when my husband and I drove all the way from Chicago to Ensenada, Mexico on the Baja peninsula. Talk ...

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Shrimp Burgers: A Crustacean Fixation

  I love working with shrimp because they are very accessible, versatile, simple and quick to prepare, high in protein and omega 3s, low in fat, and most importantly… delicious! I always have a bag ...

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A Salmon Hater becomes a Salmon Lover

  I had so many food issues as a kid. Most of them are behind me now, except when it comes to coconut. I have to admit to still holding on to my strong dislike for it. As hard as I’ve tried, its ...

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8 Mistakes Most Home Cooks Make when Cooking Lobster (and How to Avoid Them)

Lobster is a delicacy that is packed full of nutrients. But since it is far from cheap, it's important to learn how to cook lobster properly. Lobster is tender and rich in flavor and it's hard to ...

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