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Holiday leftovers…stop giving them away!

Your favorite holiday dishes transformed… Cranberry Sauce—blend with balsamic vinaigrette —poof! you just made a gourmet dressing! Stuffing—the new English muffin… mold stuffing into 3” rounds, sear each side in butter to make it crispy— you can use that under eggs to create a new benedict, or go the extra distance and use that as […]

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Posted on November 23rd, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Girlling Tips for Colder Weather

Days are passing and it’s getting colder. Good news—you are at the game.  Bad news? There’s nothing good to eat at the stadium.  Solutions?  Tailgate!  Just because it’s getting colder doesn’t mean you have to put the grill away… Here are some cold weather grilling tips to ensure that you and your food aren’t the laughing […]

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Posted on October 10th, 2016 at 3:38 pm

Coffee 101: I bet you didn’t know that!

15(ish) things worth knowing about coffee… So yesterday I toured a local coffee house/roasterie with other chefs & managers…me learning something new = you guys learning something new! Legend has it Ethiopian shepherds first noticed the effects of caffeine when they saw their goats appearing to become frisky and “dance” after eating coffee. Really. Originally […]

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Posted on September 7th, 2016 at 9:27 am

Flavor 101: Acceptable vs. Amazing

acceptable vs. amazing dry and wet rubs for the grill… You’re the one they call the “grill master” aren’t you… Or, that’s what you tell your friends and family. Yeah, you do your best to keep things from catching on fire, you try not to over or undercook your food and even remember salt and […]

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Posted on August 1st, 2016 at 11:00 am

Produce Shopping 101

ripe and ready the spot tells all I’ve seen you at the grocery store, picking up the fruit, tapping it, smelling it, “pretending” to know what you are doing… well, let’s not fake it anymore. Here is a produce picking guide to the most popular produce: Watermelon: First, pick up the watermelon, compare it with […]

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Posted on July 1st, 2016 at 9:06 am

To bread, or not to bread?

The answer is…it depends. Are you a true wing junkie?  Then forget the breading. Buffalo wings coming out of Buffalo, NY, and do not contain the KFC-like coating. If you like the idea of mini hot sauce soaked fried chicken, then by all means—go for it.  Combine flour with your favorite seasonings (I love using […]

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Posted on May 18th, 2016 at 11:54 am

Wok it out

You know that bowl shaped thingy that kind of looks like a pan? Yeah, that’s a wok. You don’t absolutely need a wok to dominate Chinese food, but it does have several advantages. It spreads heat evenly, uses less oil for deep frying than a traditional deep fat fryer, and it keeps your stove from […]

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Posted on April 21st, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Pasta 101

Look in your pantry.  How many half filled boxes of pasta are lurking around?  My point exactly.  It’s time you conquer the world of starchy goodness by following what’s in this week’s newsletter.   Tips for Making Fresh Pasta Don’t Destroy the Dough Avoid the gluey-ness and don’t over-process. If mixing the dough in the […]

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Posted on March 21st, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Omelets 101

brown omelets do not pass go. No, your omelet should not have any brown on it. I can’t tell you how many cooks serve brown omelets. It’s maddening. The secret to a perfectly cooked omelet is all about controlling your temperature, using the right pan, balancing your ingredients, and having confidence in your flip. First […]

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Posted on February 16th, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Burgers 101

The burger…the all American classic. What makes a great burger GREAT and a not so awesome burger, well, not so awesome? Choosing the right protein, cooking it right and topping it off correctly are the key elements for the best burger ever. 80/20? I seriously have to work with fractions?!? How many times do you […]

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Posted on January 14th, 2016 at 10:52 am