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About Author: Liya Swift
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Liya Swift is a freelance writer, blogger, entrepreneur and lover of all things related to learning and food (though not always in that order). Working hard, playing hard and finding fulfillment by being a part of great projects are a big part of what drives this self-starter. Laughter, zaniness and fresh new perspectives are always part of the quest. Travel, hiking and yes, cooking and eating is how she spends most of her days and then there’s the salsa classes….

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Why Chefs are Such Jerks – Part 2

As the title suggests, this is part two of the article. You can find part one by clicking here. #4 – The Weakest Link Problem This happens when a particular chef on the line isn’t (for whatever reason) performing up to the standards of the overseeing chef, usually the Chef de Cuisine. Since, as earlier […]

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Why Chefs are Such Jerks – Part 1

Sure it’s a loaded question. And no, it’s probably not the best way to start an interview but I just had to ask Chef Martin Gilligan, “Why are chefs such jerks?” Was I hoping to shock the highly respected chef and educator? Sure I was but there was also an element of truth behind my […]

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Great Greens with Roasted Pasilla Pepper

I love greens. Swiss Chard, kale, turnip greens, spinach, mustard greens, beet greens, carrot tops and yes, even dandelion greens. So what was I to do when my usual go-to-recipe just wasn’t working for me anymore? How was I to change things up while still honoring the simple goodness of the greens? Answer: spice it […]

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Easy Spinach and Cottage Cheese Omelette

Does that sound weird to you? I thought I was the only person on the planet who knew just what cottage cheese could do to an omelette but nope, I just found out my friend Martin has long-known the wonders of the cottage cheese omelette. Being a great, filling and protein-rich foodstuff, cottage cheese is […]

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What to Eat when You’re Sick of Food

It happens every year. Post-holiday-season and it hits me. I know I’m not alone. A number of food lovers and chefs have confessed suffering from the same plight—I’m sick of food. “Huh?” you say, “How can you say that?” Let me explain. Despite trying (operative word is trying) to be good during Thanksgiving, Christmas and […]

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The Little-Known History of Vanilla

It’s in nearly every dessert you can think of, from cookies to crème brulee, but how much do we really know about this ubiquitous flavor? Where does it come from and how did it get to Europe and the Americas? Legend has it that vanilla was first brought back to Spain by the Spanish explorer […]

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The Great Banh Mi Fake Out!

Love Banh Mi sandwiches but find there aren’t any Vietnamese sandwich shops in your area? Heard great things about Banh Mi but never had the chance to try these delectable sandwiches that are part Viet, part French? Curious to learn more? The history of Banh Mi, a product of French Colonialism in what is now […]

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