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A 'Special Occasion' Shrimp Wonton Soup

  Making any kind of dumpling is always a special occasion for me. You should always make dumplings for your loved ones, because that little bit of extra effort just shows that you love them and they ...

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A Quick and Easy Chicken Terrine

The thing I really love about cooking, and specifically charcuterie, is taking humble ingredients, and turning them into something special. A terrine is the perfect example of this idea. Today we are ...

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Great Eggspectations: Making Scotch Eggs from Scratch

As a recent arrival from the good old United Kingdom (Wales to be precise), there are many things I love about Chicago, and a few that I miss about home (pubs, hills and valleys, and the Metric ...

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Fight for your right to Pâté

  Chicken Liver Parfait. The finest, smoothest and richest pâté known to man. People love ordering it at high end restaurants, but no one wants to make it at home. Up until recently, I wouldn’t want ...

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Hooray for Purée

  Garlic, ginger, chillies and herbs are some of my very favorite things! I like to use them liberally, and often. I want them to be near me at all times, with the minimum effort on my part.

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Homemade Ice Cream… in a Vitamix?

We all know the Vitamix blender makes the best frozen cocktails, and it was one night, after a stellar round of Pina Coladas, I was inspired to make a pineapple sorbet with leftover frozen pineapple ...

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How to Make Homemade Nutella

I’ve debated purchasing a Vitamix for years. Will I use it? Is the expense worth it? As a professional chef, I’ve known the answer all along. The answer is yes!

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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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