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How to Make and Use Preserved Lemons

  My first exposure to preserved lemons was when I worked at Café du Midi some 25 years ago. Café du Midi was a very special place to work, not just because of its amazing Mediterranean-influenced ...

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Classic Niçoise Salad makes a Return

  Summer is in full swing, and we are trying to make the best of it! One of the high points of my summer so far has been teaching one of my favorite classic dishes: the Niçoise Salad in a recent ...

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Not Just Another Salad

  My husband and I have been renovating our home for the past few months, and with all of the noise, dust, and disruption, cooking has been the last thing on my mind! That being said, we still need ...

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Do the Hokey-Poké

  I just returned from a fantastic 10-day trip to Hawaii with my family. We really took advantage of all that the island had to offer. From the crystal clear waters to the incredibly fresh seafood ...

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Weeknight Surf and Turf

  One question I get asked over and over on my social media channels is how do I cook a meal from scratch nearly every night of the week? I have a full time job in the city. My commute is about 90 ...

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Easy and Elegant Sesame Seared Tuna

Chefs are a lot alike in many respects. We like to work in a kitchen that offers us opportunities to learn. Many of us have had more jobs throughout our careers than people in other professions ...

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Rolling Sushi: Where to Buy Ingredients in Chicago

Chicago is a good place to find quality sushi bars and restaurants. I really enjoy going out for a fantastic sushi meal, but only on occasion since it can be quite pricey. Last week, I got really ...

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Raw Food Made Easy and Tasty

I recently got to experience a first at The Chopping Block - a class where the stove and oven were not turned on once and no pots, pans or grills were used. The class was Raw Food Made Easy with ...

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Island Life

My wife and I just got back from the Caribbean for some fun in the sun and a little local island cuisine. Whether it is a street side jerk chicken stand in Jamaica, tico tripleta and pinchos in ...

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Dreams Become Reality

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