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10 Reasons Cooks Have to Give Thanks

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Give Thanks This Thanksgiving week I have been considering the abundant changes in my life and the many things for which I am thankful. I’ve traveled all over the country meeting people while on book tour; I’ve been fortunate enough to cook with some amazing people, as well as eat a lot of delicious food…. Read more »

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Save the Flavors: Easy Summer Ratatouille


Easy Summer Ratatouille A recent evening’s garden harvest rewarded me with the ingredients for a vibrant, tasty, and easy summer ratatouille — as well as the realization that the garden has suffered a bit from all of our recent travel. Much of the broccoli is flowering and the collard green leaves have grown large and… Read more »

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Salmon Fishing in Alaska + Salmon Recipes

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Salmon Fishing For the past two weeks I have been on a working vacation in Alaska. I was offered the opportunity to be the guest celebrity chef on Holland America. Anywhere in the world, mind you… and I chose Alaska! I’ve wanted to go to Alaska since the 3rd grade. My grandparents traveled there often… Read more »

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How to Fry Chicken – Southern Fried Chicken

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Southern Fried Chicken When my dear grandmother was alive and I would come home to visit, it did not matter if it was 2:00 in the morning or 2:00 in the afternoon—I would walk in the door and she would be standing at the stove frying chicken for me. Yes, clearly I was spoiled absolutely… Read more »

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Blueberries: Berry, Berry Good

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Blueberries are Berry, Berry Good Blueberries are the Doris Day of summer fruit – happy-go-lucky, bright bouncing balls of flavor. Blackberries are moody, musky, and more complex. Watermelon is refreshing, juicy, and crisp. Cantaloupe is just a bit exotic. Peaches are downright racy — seductive, sexy, and sensual. We don’t get much in the way… Read more »

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