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The Top Five Reasons to Avoid the Culinary Business

#1 You’ll Never Have Another Holiday Off again—Ever! When others are enjoying themselves during the holidays or after work, most often times you’re int eh kitchen making their holiday all the more enjoyable. More and more restaurants are open for Thanksgiving, meaning families can come together and be thankful you and your crew are doing […]

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Ode to the Onion–Go Beyond the Norm and Cook with Onions Differently!

Full-flavored, fat free and great for digestion, onions are a nutritious, delicious compliment to literally millions of recipes. Full of flavonoids and antioxidants they’re a vegetable it’s hard to get too much of.  But even though the standard white and yellow onions are hardly a stranger to most kitchens, let us not ignore forget all […]

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Wondering What to Eat Now? The Cure for Post-Holiday Boredom

Maybe you’re the kind of person who spends the first month or two or (bless you) three months of the New Year amped-up, working those resolutions. Or, maybe you find yourself in the same proverbial boat I find myself in just after the holidays—the doldrums or just plain bored. If that’s you, don’t get down […]

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Don’t Want to Cook that Goose This Year? Check out our Alternative Christmas Dinner Ideas

Okay the feasting day(s) are upon us and if you’re anything like me, you might be feeling like doing something just a bit different this year. Since Christmas Eve is the big day for my mom’s side of the family and Christmas Day is the big day for the other side, we get to do […]

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Great Cornbread Muffins 2 Ways — Sweet or Savory

I love cornbread. When I was growing up, my Southern grandmother made cornbread in a variety of ways, usually the kind that isn’t sweet and sometimes she added fresh corn with cayenne pepper or sometimes even jalapeños. Then there’s the time she did it with big clumps of sharp cheddar. That would be my favorite […]

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In Honor of National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

Well it’s National Chocolate Covered Anything Day and to celebrate properly, why not to a great chocolate fondue, allowing your to really explore the outer reaches of chocolate-covered possibilities. This recipe has rum or Grand Marnier plus orange zest but you can omit the booze and the zest and make a pretty stellar chocolate fondue […]

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The Best Food Processors for $50, $200 and $350

Looking for an inexpensive food processor for the home? One that’ll help you get those meals on the table, whip up a quick soup, chop onions, carrots and maybe even whip up those cookies, breads and pizza doughs? Whether you’re buying yourself that extra special Xmas present or are really going all out for someone […]

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Part 2: Elevate those Sides for Thanksgiving– Better Sweet Potatoes

Want to do something other than the same ol’ marshmallow sweet potatoes you do every year? Well, here’s a little something I made last year and since it was such a hit, I’m doing it again this year. My secret? Booze! FYI, I’m adding a link to another booze-free recipe at the bottom, that one […]

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Part 1: Elevate those Sides for Thanksgiving– Better String Beans

Want to shelve the green bean, mushroom soup and fried onion casserole this year? A little tired of that sweet potato and marshmallow thing but want something that will satisfy even the staunchest Thanksgiving traditionalists in your family? In this 3 part/ one-a-day series, we’ll help elevate those Thanksgiving sides from tired and tried to […]

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How are You Going to Prepare the Thanksgiving Turkey this Year? The Pros and Cons of Brining, Frying and Roasting that Turkey.

Why Brine? Brined turkey is all the rage this year and for good reason. When you brine what you’re actually doing is introducing more fluid into the myofibrils of the meat, allowing them to swell up to twice their original size. This results in a moister turkey and moist turkey is what it’s all about. […]

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Tips for the Best Thanksgiving Stuffing

The truth of the matter is there’s no one “best stuffing recipe” out there. If you’re from North or South Carolina chances are you do your Thanksgiving stuffing or dressing with cornbread.  If you’re from Maine, your most comforting stuffing can include oysters which, to be completely honest, sounds pretty scary to me but to […]

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