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5 July, 2016

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch
Posted in : Appetizer, Dresssing, Sauce, Vegetable on by : dave
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Making dressings as at home is just one of those things that you should do.  It’s not only healthier but it’s also more economical.  However, I don’t always do it.  It is often easier to grab a bottle from shelf and be done with it.  But, for special occasions I do try to make my own at
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22 June, 2016

Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Cilantro Mayo

Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Cilantro Mayo
Comments : 3 Posted in : Appetizer, Bacon, Dips, Event Photos, Seafood on by : dave
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I’m finally getting around to posting a recipe from a private dining event I did a few weeks back.  Bacon wrapped scallops are always a hit with clients and they’re so simple.  The key is getting super fresh scallops – don’t skimp on the them – pay a little extra to make sure you’re getting
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25 February, 2016

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
Posted in : Appetizer, Breakfast, Eggs, Salad, Sandwiches, Technique on by : dave
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Whether you’re whipping up egg salad sandwiches for a Friday Lenten meal or making a batch of these delicious Southwest Chipotle Deviled Eggs, it all starts with a perfect hard boiled egg.  I’m talking about one with firm, bright whites and a creamy yellow center with no trace of that blue-brown ring that screams poorly
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3 November, 2015

Bacon Potato Leek Soup

Bacon Potato Leek Soup
Posted in : Appetizer, Bacon, Bread, Cheese, Soup on by : dave
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I can’t believe it’s November already!  My blogging has been so sporadic the last few months!  I can assure you though, I’m cooking away, testing and developing recipes.  The act of actually getting them up on the blog seems to be challenging but I’ll try to be better.  Since I last posted, the weather has
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23 September, 2015

Smoky Chipotle Guacamole

Smoky Chipotle Guacamole
Posted in : Appetizer, Mexican on by : dave
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I love this twist on classic guacamole!  The chipotle in adobo adds a layer of smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with the rich and creamy avocado.  I will be demoing this recipe at the Downers Grove Park District Chilympics this Saturday at 12:30!  After the demo, I will be part of the chili judging panel.  Come
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20 July, 2015

Grilled Steak Tacos with Roasted Tomato Salsa

Grilled Steak Tacos with Roasted Tomato Salsa
Posted in : Appetizer, Beef, Grilling, Mexican, Steak on by : dave
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I tried a new marinade for this version of steak tacos.  I love using skirt or flank steak for tacos because while it is a tough cut, if you treat it well, it adds so much flavor to tacos.  Skirt and flank steak are also the type of meat you would see on a taco
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30 June, 2015

Baby Back Ribs with Tangy Homemade BBQ Sauce

Baby Back Ribs with Tangy Homemade BBQ Sauce
Posted in : Appetizer, Grilling, Pork on by : dave
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Summer means grilling and grilling means ribs.  I know I have a lot of rib recipes on this site but I’m always trying something different with one of my favorite foods.  This time around, I decided to mess with the sauce a little bit.  I wanted something that had a little fruity tang so I
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