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How to make a Homemade Smoked Salmon Platter Recipe

I can’t tell you how many time people I don’t know, and do know, throw out the accusation that I know about some specific food, or ethnic dish, or cooking technique because I’m a chef and went to culinary school.  I understand why they would think that but to clarify, there isn’t a single chef in the world that knows everything about the culinary world.  It’s impossible!  I know absolutely nothing about Somali cuisine, or food from Kazakhstan, or foods and ingredients from Greenland.  Literally I know what I know and I try to learn from there.  One of my…

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Three Different Homemade Pizza Recipes with No Knead Pizza Crust

People often ask me what my favorite food is and much to their surprise I always say, “pizza.”  I think because they know I’m a chef that I would be saying things like foie gras, or duck, or something a typical foodie would like.  I’m actually pretty simple and easy to please when it comes to eating food rather than cooking it.  I mean I touch, smell and look at food all day, and often times at the end of the day I don’t want what I just cooked.  I had this same issue while I was in the restaurant…

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Braised Lamb Shanks Recipe with Parmesan Risotto

I have always said that lamb and duck are hands down my favorite proteins of all time, and because they are it of course means I don’t get to eat them too often.  My wife isn’t too adventurous when it comes to eating foods that are a little different from the norm, and she especially won’t eat lamb or duck.  However, when it’s holiday season I usually get to make just about whatever I want.  For instance, I made smoked turkeys for Thanksgiving, which is definitely a little different than the norm, and the whole family was totally ok with…

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Spicy Baked Salmon Fajitas Recipe with Roasted Peppers and Onions

There is nothing better than eating a great tasting meal with friends and family, and with minimal clean-up.  I’m a huge fan of the 1 pan meal not only because I love roasted food but also because it allows me spend more time with my family and less time scrubbing dishes.  Because I love these 1 pan meals, I need them to be a little bigger so that I can fit a lot of food in them, like the 12” Stainless Steel Casserole Pan from American Kitchen Cookware that I used in this Spicy Baked Salmon Fajitas Recipe with Roasted…

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Sushi Burrito Recipe with Chicken and Vegetables

I’m always looking for new and creative ways to get a great tasting meal on the table for my family.  When prepping my weekly menus it often starts with a stroll through the frozen food aisle.  Whether it be chicken tenders, French fries, veggies, or full meals, I lean on the frozen food aisle big time for meals.  While I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface with all of the amazing food in the frozen food aisle, I have found some gems that I continue to go back to, like InnovAsian.  My daughter is obsessed with Chinese food, so…

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Lobster Roll Recipe with Mayonnaise on Brioche Buns

Since I’ve been married, I’ve definitely adapted how and what I eat.  In the past, I would just eat these huge meals and graze on them all day, but my wife has taught me to really enjoy eating multiple dishes in 1 sitting.  You would never catch me in a tapas bar pre-marriage because I wanted to eat what I like and that’s it.  Now, however, I love trying 2 to 3 appetizers and 2 to 3 small dinner entrees so I can try as many things as possible.  I can’t even tell you how much of a breakthrough this…

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The Ultimate Chicken Club Sandwich and Chicken Melt Recipe

I partnered with Cobblestone Bread Co. to create this post! Enjoy! Call me an overachiever but it when it comes to eating anything I always want choices, so that’s the reason for this The Ultimate Chicken Club Sandwich and Chicken Melt Recipe.  I thought I’d take the time to use almost the same ingredients to make a beefed up chicken club and then totally change things up and make a chicken melt recipe.  Not only do I like being able to have options, my wife and daughter really appreciate it because often times they don’t like all the things that I do,…

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Truffle Butter Risotto Recipe with Roast Chicken and Herbs

In the food world I’ve always lived under the umbrella statement, “simplicity is elegant,” and that applies precisely to this Truffle Butter Risotto Recipe with Roast Chicken and Herbs.  It’s nothing overly fancy… It’s no molecular gastronomy, It’s not going to be on a 3-Michelin Star restaurant’s menu, but it is comforting, it’s beyond delicious and it could not be any more of a traditional meal.  This Truffle Butter Risotto Recipe with Roast Chicken and Herbs combines the old school beauty of Italy and France into 1 dish.  If you’ve never really gone back and made classic Italian or French…

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