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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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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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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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Homemade Pasta Recipe with Lemon Ricotta and Smoked Salmon

Now this is my type of cooking.  Simple, elegant, and dang delicious.  In fact, if I had it my way I would make recipes like this Homemade Pasta Recipe with Lemon Ricotta and Smoked Salmon every dang day.  Unfortunately, I’m busy as heck and can’t devote a few hours every day to feeding the family.  So, when I get to do recipes like this one I really enjoy myself.  It took me quite a while in my culinary career to appreciate all aspects of the cooking process.  From the grocery shopping to the clean-up, it’s become therapeutic for me.  Truth…

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Thai Curry Shrimp Pasta Recipe

Man I have to admit, I try to avoid making things that revolve around the whole Thai Curry food world.  I’m just not that well versed in it and truth be told I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to spicy food.  I can certainly build of tolerance to eating spicy food on the regular but I need to be in training and right now I haven’t even attempted it.  However, I always believe in making things “comfortably spicy.”  Nothing more strange to me than watching someone literally dab their head with paper towels as they sweat profusely while…

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Tomato Farro Salad with Salmon and Lemon Yogurt Sauce

When I make a dish that has multiple components to it, i.e. veg, starch, protein and sauce, I am always in search of the perfect balance, like in this Tomato Farro Salad with Salmon and Lemon Yogurt Sauce.  Nothing in the dish should over take the flavor of something else, it should however look to compliment There are some great chefs out there who can fit every flavor profile, sweet, savory, salty, bitter, and spicy into a single food item.  I however take a different approach and try to incorporate all of those flavors into separate items on the dish…

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Classic Nicoise Salad Recipe

At least once a week we indulge in an all-out vegetable fest and this Classic Nicoise Salad Recipe hit the nail on the head!  I make so many rich, delicious foods and desserts that a few times a week we just crave nutrients from vegetables so I try to get all vegetarian, or in this case pescatarian, and create something amazing.  I have always been a sucker for Nicoise Salad, in fact I did one some years back but roasted every single ingredient on the grill including the romaine lettuce.  This time around I wanted to use up the new…

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Blackened Mahi Mahi Tacos Recipe

As I’ve gotten older and a lot more patient, mostly due in part to having a 3-year-old, I’ve been enjoying more and more the entire cooking process and the same goes with this Blackened Mahi Mahi Tacos Recipe.  Whether that’s prepping everything beforehand or cleaning up.  Maybe it’s just pride in my cooking or my kitchen, but I’m enjoying the cycle in its entirety.  The crazy thing is that it can be any recipe too, even a grilled cheese for crying out loud.  I never thought I’d be at this point in my cooking career but I remember reading about…

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