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How to Make Chocolate Pots de Creme

Earlier this week I was trying to clean things up on the blog and accidentally sent out a post of photos without recipes titled “Deliciously Dull Dinners” that had been languishing in the draft folder for 6 years.

Oops. Life is not perfect.

I still can’t share the recipes for the random shots of Pork Chops and  Brussels Sprouts, but I do have this delicious recipe for Chocolate Pots de Crème. (more…)

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How to Cut a Butternut Squash

How to Cut a Butternut Squash

Today I was chopping butternut squash for a recipe project for an international media brand. The assignment has been a little outside of my creative box and I’ve been thrilled how exciting it is to stretch beyond my comfort zone. That’s how we grow as professionals! While I was prepping the vegetables, we shot this video showcasing a really simple technique on how to cut hard winter squash like butternut, kabocha, and even slightly softer ones like acorn. It works with other hard winter vegetables like rutabaga and sweet potato, as well. The knife technique is all about working smarter and safer — not harder! (more…)

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Valentine’s Day: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

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Chocolate 

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day are a pretty awesome marriage of flavors and textures. To help celebrate Valentine’s Day I want to share a short post with my recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites. Part truffle and part cookie, these tasty treats are super simple to prepare. In fact, you probably have the ingredients in your pantry and can whip these up tonight!  (more…)

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What’s in Season: Cooking with Citrus

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Cooking with Citrus

Winter is citrus season and the produce departments are overflowing. There are the diminutive Tangerines, Clementines, Tangelos, Mineolas, and Satsumas in the “cutie” citrus club. Down the aisle, big bold Navel oranges with their thick skins and bright colors rest aside their more thin-skinned, but certainly no-less-sweet juice oranges. With their intense colors and vibrant aromas, the decidedly more exotic Blood Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, and Meyer Lemons often are featured in decorative baskets to highlight their preciousness — and higher price. Lastly, oversized red, pink, and white Grapefruit and the nearly comically large Pomello round out the bunch. There are a lot of kitchen choices for cooking with citrus. (more…)

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Sinless Seven Layer Dip for Your Super Bowl Party

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Super Bowl Party

The Atlanta Falcons are in the Super Bowl — and there’s going to be a lot of tailgating. Falcon and Patriot fans alike will be dining on wings, pizza, nachos, and guacamole. According to Forbes magazine, Americans will eat almost 200 MILLION pounds of Avocados from Mexico on Super Bowl Sunday! (more…)

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