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Heat Things Up!

Farmers market season is here, hooray! With summer produce arriving on the scene, I always find myself with lots of veggies in the fridge. I use as much as I can fresh, but what to do with the rest? As of late I have become the queen of refrigerator pickles. I don’t want to mess…

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Under Pressure

Bah bah bah bah bah bah… Under pressure…   Of course, in the kitchen that means using pressure cooker. I used to live next door to a chef-instructor, who taught an entire class called Under Pressure. You see, most people (yours truly included) are nervous around pressure cookers. They have a bad rep, stemming from…

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In Defense of Chicken

I love Barefoot Contessa.  There, I said it.  I love watching Ina Garten cook on Food Network and I am not ashamed to admit it.  Why, you ask?  Well, I have many reasons.  Maybe it is because she isn’t a trained chef pretending to cook at home.  Maybe because her hands-on approach reminds me a…

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Some Like It Hot

I have been sick.  Really sick.  It is cold season in Chicago and I got caught in the cross fire.  Being sick is never fun and even less so for those of us afflicted with an epicurean bug.  When you are sick everything tastes like cotton balls and aluminum foil.  You can’t taste or smell…

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Holiday Ode to Grandma Katherine

With the holidays quickly approaching, we all start thinking about family and traditions.  I am no exception.  And this my best food memory. Growing up, every family gathering I remember was scented by my Grandma Katherine‘s baking.  She would start making doughs and fillings three days in advance.  Then on the day of the celebration,…

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Get Your Snack On

Let’s be perfectly honest, most pre-packaged snacks are not healthy.  Even those that claim health benefits aren’t always honest.  Just check the sugar content in your favorite fitness bar.  Or the amount of sodium in your favorite low-fat food (they need the sodium to taste like, well, something other than nothing).  Or worse yet, the…