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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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Homemade Potato Gnocchi with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Homemade Potato Gnocchi with Mushroom Cream Sauce
Posted in : Appetizer, Pasta, Potatoes, Technique on by : dave
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I often hear, “My favorite restaurant has the best gnocchi and risotto…I wish I knew how to make them at home!”  For some reason, gnocchi and risotto strike fear in the hearts of a lot of people.  Both have an aura of difficulty and “must be a trained chef to make” reputation about them.  But,
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Great Grilling Tips

Great Grilling Tips
Posted in : Beef, Burgers, Grilling, Pork, Seafood, Steak, Technique, Tips, Vegetable on by : dave
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With the forecast tomorrow calling for the first 70 degree day that Chicago has seen in over 6 months, I figured a post about grilling would be appropriate.  Grilling is one of the simplest and most effective cooking methods and when done properly, can turn good food into great food.  Unfortunately, a lot of people
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Classic Gravy

Classic Gravy
Posted in : Technique, Tips, Turkey on by : dave
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This post may seem a little odd and ill-timed considering that Thanksgiving was celebrated weeks ago, but this is a special and my most favorite kind of post – a reader requested one.  A good friend reached out to me the other day and said she was responsible for making the gravy for her Christmas
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Better Tasting Brussel Sprouts

Better Tasting Brussel Sprouts
Posted in : Technique, Tips, Vegetable on by : dave
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Brussel. Sprouts. What two words can conjure up more fear and queasiness in the hearts and stomachs of America’s youth? Most of us hated them growing up, myself included, and refuse to give them a second chance even to this day. I distinctly remember sitting down to dinner and feeling a sense of dread as
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Cook Perfect Meat Every Time!

Cook Perfect Meat Every Time!
Posted in : Beef, Chicken, Pork, Seafood, Technique, Tips, Turkey on by : dave
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Check out the info-graphic below – created by yours truly!  My first time making one!  The finger touch method is one of my favorite “tricks” learned as a chef.  I honestly use it all the time and I find it to be very accurate.  I’ll still use an instant read thermometer for larger cuts of
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