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A Chef's Love Letter to Sushi

In the vast culinary landscape of Chicago, where every corner boasts a unique flavor, my gastronomic journey took an unexpected turn over the last year. As a chef, my taste buds have traversed the ...

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It's Raw! A Look at Raw Fish Dishes

Have you ever wondered how people in different parts of Asia enjoy raw fish in their cuisines? Raw fish is not only delicious and nutritious, but also has a long and rich history that reflects the ...

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Crispy Rice Advice

The best part of being a home cook is challenging yourself. We try new foods, exciting techniques and reinvent restaurant classics. Some processes take multiple attempts but then there is a magic ...

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5 New Cooking Adventures to Try at Home

As a food photographer and stylist, I’m the person everyone always assumes loves to cook. But the truth is, sometimes, an activity that started as a passion before I was lucky enough to turn it into ...

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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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Not Too Sweet, Not Too Dry Wines for Summer

As a working sommelier, people say to me all the time “I like a sweet wine,” then add, “but not too sweet.” So, my first question is what’s too sweet? Your morning OJ? That’s about 75 grams of sugar ...

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How to Make Pickled Ginger

I have had an idea for a book called “Pickled Ginger” for years. No, it’s not a cookbook and nor does it really have much connection with cooking at all. The idea stemmed from my own experience ...

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Cold Weather = Ramen Craving

Saturday night approached, and I found myself scrolling through the Internet for new restaurants to try. I had been craving ramen for a while, and my boyfriend had actually never tried it before, at ...

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The Art of Sushi

Sushi. There is a lot to be said about sushi. There are also a lot of key components that go into high quality sushi – things like properly seasoned rice and the freshest of fish. Unmistakably, nice ...

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Japanese Homestyle Foods You'll Want to Make in January

While we love making sushi and ramen from scratch (like, love-love), we couldn't help but want to share with you some of our other favorite Japanese dishes to make in your home kitchen. If sushi and ...

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