If you are a regular reader of this blog, or become one, it will not take long to see that I love citrus. I use lime zest, lemon zest, and orange zest a lot in my cooking. It’s one of the best ways to quickly brighten and freshen a dish and it’s so dang pretty…

Zesting Citrus
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All of you who have hard-boiled eggs in your fridge from Easter, this one’s for you! This is what I call a grown-up egg salad sandwich. I used to love egg salad as a kid, but as I got older something about the heavy mayo goop just turned me off. That is until I tried…

Egg Salad BLT's
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Can you believe it’s Friday again? Can you believe it’s Easter? Yeah, me neither. So when your mother-in-law invited you to Easter dinner, did she ask you to bring a vegetable side dish and you’re stumped? Want to expand your horizons past the good ol’ green bean/cream of mushroom/crispy onion casserole? Love fresh green beans…

Caramelized Green Beans
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Yes, there is in fact a wrong way to hard-boil eggs. And the wrong way results in rubbery whites and yolks with that signature grey/brown coloring on the outside. Follow these simple steps to a perfectly cooked egg every time! 1. Place eggs in saucepan in a single layer. 2. Fill pan with cold water,…

How To: The Perfect Hard-boiled Egg
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I have to start out by saying something very important:  I don’t like blue cheese.  So if any of you are reading this title and thinking you need to run now because you don’t like it either, stop!  Stay!  I promise I’m not crazy guys, just trust me on this one.  This is my Mom’s…

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Have you tried and tried to replicate fresh sweetened whipped cream but can’t do it? Yeah, I did that for a long time, too. When I worked at Kneaders in college, I even offered to make the whipped cream for the waffles one morning so I could learn the secret, but they wouldn’t let me because it…

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My family LOVES these grilled Italian burgers.  They are quick and easy to prepare and require minimal ingredients.  The patty is created with a combination of ground beef and a little Italian sausage and is complimented with bright marinara, melted cheese, and a  smear of tangy lemon-garlic spread.   It’s kind of like a giant bbq’d…

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Ever wondered how to get those crispy, salty strips of fried crunchiness that they give you at your favorite Mexican restaurant? Look no further! It’s your lucky day – I’m going to show you how to fry corn tortilla strips! All you need are some corn tortillas (it doesn’t matter if they’re white or yellow…

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Let me tell you all about how to work with jalapenos…terrifying, I know. I actually have a picture of a pair of rubber gloves, a knife, and a couple of jalapenos, but I decided that that was probably just too scary for my family-friendly blog, so I’ll try and keep this PG-rated.   Jalapenos get…

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When I was in high school, my dad informed me that I needed a job and that it would be good for my character. Turns out pretty much the only jobs for high school students are in the food industry and, between the ages of 16 and 22, I put in WAY more than my…

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A lot of people are scared of making things that have yeast in them. They CAN be scary, but they’re also lots of fun and very rewarding. Here are some great yeast dough tips that everyone needs to know: Use bread machine yeast (like Red Star brand) rather than regular yeast, even if you’re not…

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Peeling garlic is fun. Not only do you get to take out any pent-up aggression on the poor, unassuming garlic cloves, you can pretend you’re on a cooking show. This is how to peel garlic; lay it on its most stable side on a flat surface. Place the broad side of a knife on top…

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