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How to Make a Roux

A roux (pronounced: “roo”) is a classic base for sauces, gravies and soups.  It serves as a thickener and is… Continue reading »

How Much Food Do I Need for My Party?

As winter slowly turns to spring, and spring to summer, we feel more inclined to get together with family and… Continue reading »

Great Grilling Tips

With the forecast tomorrow calling for the first 70 degree day that Chicago has seen in over 6 months, I… Continue reading »


Use these tips and tricks to cook perfect pasta every time!  It all starts with the water.  No, it doesn’t… Continue reading »

How to Care for Your Cast Iron Skillet

One of the most versatile pans I have in my kitchen is my cast iron skillet.  I can get it… Continue reading »

Classic Gravy

This post may seem a little odd and ill-timed considering that Thanksgiving was celebrated weeks ago, but this is a… Continue reading »

Better Tasting Brussel Sprouts

Brussel. Sprouts. What two words can conjure up more fear and queasiness in the hearts and stomachs of America’s youth?… Continue reading »

Cook Perfect Meat Every Time!

Check out the info-graphic below – created by yours truly!  My first time making one!  The finger touch method is… Continue reading »

Beef Grades and What They Mean

One of the most important lessons we learned in culinary school was how beef is graded and what it all… Continue reading »

Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks

With the big day right around the corner, I wanted to compile a list of some of the best Thanksgiving… Continue reading »


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