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Tips for Grilling Fresh Fish

Grilling fish is not easy. Unlike beef or chicken, fish is delicate, and can easily get destroyed if not handled and cooked properly. Here are a few tips on picking, and grilling fresh fish this summer.

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Henckels Knife Giveaway

When I graduated from culinary school, I went knife shopping. I had saved up $150.00 (from my $6.75 per hour first cooking job), and was ready to buy a high-quality chef’s knife. I can remember strolling into Williams Sonoma, and drooling at all of the shiny knives through the glass panel. The salesperson happily opened the locked door, and I began my search. After handling a dozen knives, I decided on a Henckels 8-inch chef’s knife because I liked the balance, and it felt right in my hand. I used that knife for 8 years (before I bought another one). It survived many drops, mishaps, and thousands of passes over a sharpening stone.

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Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce, also known as ragù alla Bolognese, is an Italian meat sauce originating from Bologna, Italy. There are many different varieties, as well as preparations for this particular sauce. Most Bolognese sauces contain simmered meat, wine, and tomatoes. The following recipe is my version of Bolognese.

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Cookware Buying Guide

Cookware Buying Guide

I frequently get asked questions about cookware. Most people are confused when it comes to purchasing pots and pans because there are so many varieties. Here are a few things to consider when buying a set for your home kitchen.

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Clarified Butter

There are a few secrets that chefs don’t share with the general public- tools they use in commercial kitchens to make their jobs …

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Grilling Tips

I’ve given some instruction on grilling tips in the past, but it’s time to get that grill ready again, so here’s a refresher. …

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Candied Chocolate Bark

Candied Chocolate Bark

Chocolate is best served in its purest form. Unadulterated, dark chocolate can be only improved upon one way… with nuts.

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Getting Grill Ready

Getting Grill Ready

The weather is perfect- it’s time to start grilling. If you’re like me, your grill has been sitting outside un-covered for a few months.

The first thing I do is hose off the outside of the grill- this removes most of the larger particles and debris. Then, I fill a bucket with hot, soapy water and begin to hand-wash the outside of the grill. If the surface of your grill is stainless steel, or has a painted coating, use a non-abrasive sponge to avoid scratches and permanent blemishes. Carefully wash off the soapy water and hand-dry with a cotton cloth.

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Tips for Perfect Pies

Tips For Perfect Pies

Pies are difficult to make- I’ve been known to throw a few crusts across the kitchen in frustration. Over the years I have picked up a few tips that can help you become a master pie maker:

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How to Prepare Frozen Fish

It’s not always easy to get to the market before dinner, especially if you work full-time, or have have children at home. It’s often easier to purchase food in bulk, place it in the freezer, and prepare it during the week. Frozen fish that can be bought ahead of time- but be careful, not all seafood items are freezer-friendly.

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