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  • Saffron Couscous with Roasted Almonds

    Saffron Couscous

    Couscous is a relatively new addition to Western diets, but it has been a culinary staple in other parts of the world for more than a millennium. Originating in North Africa as early as the 7th century, couscous is made by rolling semolina with flour and just enough water to allow small clumps to form. These tiny balls are cooked until they are light and fluffy, then loaded with vegetables, meat, or any number of other tasty toppings.

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  • Morel Pizza With Asparagus

    Morel Pizza

    Spring is here at last! The snow has melted, the sun is shining, and temperatures are finally above freezing. For many people here in the Midwest, this change in the weather marks the arrival of a lesser-known fifth season: morel season.

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  • Turkey Leftover Sandwich

    turkey leftover sandwich

    The shopping is done, and the turkey tucked away in the fridge or in a brine bath. Sweet potatoes candied, russet potatoes cubed and rolls rising under the protection of a clean kitchen towel.

    The pumpkin, pecan, and cherry pies have been baked and tucked away in the fridge under a layer of tin foil, perfectly browned awaiting a scoop of vanilla ice cream or sweetened mounds of vanilla whipped cream.

    The twenty-pound turkey, liberally rubbed with butter and herbs is covered in a tent of foil and placed in the oven ready for its six hours of roasting to a golden brown. The house begins to smell of Thanksgiving dinner as the guests begin to show up, following the heavenly scents wafting from the kitchen.

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  • Turkey Larb Lettuce Wraps

    Larb Recipe

    Summer is fast approaching, and I for one couldn’t be happier! I’m a sun dweller who revels in summertime’s sultry days and warm nights. But like many, I do not enjoy turning on the oven when the temperatures began to soar. Salads are wonderful and I certainly enjoy my share of them, but sometimes you need something with a bit more substance.

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  • Pork Chops and Spiced Cauliflower Salad

    Pork Chop Recipes

    The foundation for a happy and fulfilling life is the ability to spend time with family, friends, neighbors, or even strangers around a table with beautifully prepared food. Food and drink comfort us, bringing us to a place of blessed moments with those we hold dear.

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  • Chimichurri Roasted Vegetable Wrap

    Roasted Vegetable Wrap

    I’ve always been fascinated by the art of entertaining. As a small child, I would watch my mother and grandmother effortlessly moved around the kitchen - expertly preparing beautiful dishes, setting a strategic pace, and tying last-minute details together. Our guests were graciously invited to join us at the table, a spot set with them in mind. After everyone was seated, the food was served.


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  • Crock-Pot BBQ Chicken Sliders

    Crockpot BBQ Chicken

    As we spend more free time on our backyard patios, the desire to cook outside becomes greater! It’s time to grill, and it’s time to barbecue, baby! Those two words are often used in the same context - grill and barbecue - but did you know that they are two truly different methods of cooking?

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  • Mustard Glazed Chicken Skewers

    Grilled Chicken Skewers

    Let’s talk about the FLAVORS of this dish! Chicken is a meat well accepting to marinades and glazes. Its receptivity makes choosing the right seasoning a critical decision. This recipe begins with a sweet and salty overnight marinade, and then finishes with a complex glaze of sweet, acidic, and savory spices.

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  • Black Bean Veggie Burger

    Veggie Burger Recipe

    Being a chef means working long hours, unpredictable schedules, and limited time to sit down and enjoy a meal. A spoonful here, a taste there is typically what sustains the chef working in a restaurant or catering business. After a while, this lifestyle exertion began to add up! Last year, I stepped away from the culinary world to completely immerse myself in food, product, and lifestyle photography. In this transition, I realized how much all the little bites, tastings, and endless food surrounding me had taken a toll on my health. Something had to change. I made the decision to jump on my bike, cut out most processed sugar, fast food, and finally transition to vegetarianism. You don’t need to become a vegetarian to create a healthy lifestyle for yourself, but it certainly has worked for me. Eight month later, countless miles logged cycling and running, and eating healthy has brought me to my college weight. College weight!

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  • Sautéed Morel Mushrooms

    Dried Morel Mushrooms

    Can you believe that it’s spring already? The winter has finally come to a close and the spring’s classic warm humidity is lingering for longer periods of time. I’ve missed the warm sun on my face as I open the door to let out the dogs in the morning. Warm spring rain showers will soon aid the growth of lush green grass, fiddlehead ferns, fresh lettuce, and hidden patches of morel mushrooms.

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