Garlic and Herb Beef Tenderloin Recipe with Roasted Wild Mushrooms

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> If there is one thing I am sick on Thanksgiving, it’s turkey.  I mean I’ve been eating turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas for the 33 years and I am OVER it!  For the past few years I’ve been trying up new things like a prime rib roast, or even smoking the turkey as opposed to the regular toss it in the oven at 6am and forget about it.  Thanksgiving is a day filled with thanks for all that we have, family, friends and food.  Food will always bring people…

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Homemade Sweet Potato Pie Recipe with Marshmallow Merengue

When I was a kid I wasn’t too adventurous when it came to trying new foods, and the holidays were filled with things I had never heard of.  We spent thanksgiving and Christmas at my grandparents’ house and we always hung out and ate in the basement.  When it came to dessert time there were the usuals, apple pie, pumpkin pie, ice cream, etc.  However, I do remember one time someone, can’t quite recall who it was (maybe my Uncle Jack), who brought a sweet potato pie.  I couldn’t quite grasp the concept of a potato pie because to this…

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Fall Sangria Recipe with Apples and Cranberries

Here in Chicago there is usually a violent push from summer to winter and this year felt more like a slingshot as we dramatically went from 75° to 40° in 2 days.  There wasn’t much of a fall this year, but I’m doing everything I can to embrace it, so I made this Fall Sangria Recipe with Apples and Cranberries.  It may be sub 40° temperatures outside but in my mind, it’s fall and I’m going to celebrate it as such! Sangria is always a super fun drink to make no matter what kind of year, because depending on what’s…

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Classic French Onion Soup Recipe with Crostini and Gruyere Cheese

 There is not much out there that makes me happier than a delicious warm pot of soup, and more specifically French Onion Soup.  If you make it you appreciate the robust flavors even more knowing you spent at least 15 minutes crying over peeling and slicing onions and then again when caramelizing them over an hour while constantly stirring.  Onions in there raw form are great on a burger, in ceviche or possibly with tartar, but onions that are caramelized belong on just about anything, including a soup. The first time I made a classic French Onion Soup I was…

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Homemade Rye Bread Recipe with Cranberry Walnut Butter

Many of you don’t know this, but I actually went to culinary school 18 years ago to become a pastry chef.  It’s hard to imagine myself looking back as being a pastry chef…  Where would I have worked? What city would I be living in? Would I still be in the restaurant industry?  A lot of what if’s, but one thing is for certain and that’s that I never lost passion for baking.  I actually don’t even have a ton of experience with it since I went more of the general cooking route instead of a specific culinary focus, but…

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Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats Recipe with Homemade Granola

Ever since I read an article with one of my favorite actors, Ryan Reynolds, I absolutely LOVE steel cut oats!  I’d actually never had them before reading the article but once I had them I was hooked.  Steel cut oats are meaty, chewy beyond delicious, and you better believe my friends over at Bob’s Red Mill make the very best.  Don’t believe me?  Just ask Bob himself who will let you know that Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats is award winning and considered some of the best oatmeal in the world.  Steel cut oats are slightly different than regular…

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Pumpkin Hot Chocolate Recipe with Marshmallows and Whipped Cream

If you’re watching this Pumpkin Hot Chocolate Recipe with Marshmallows and Whipped Cream than you already know that I’m clearly a bit wild haha.  This is what working by yourself all day every day will do to you.  You starve for human interaction so you, or I in this case, resort to acting a fool on camera.  You can ask my wife, I’ve been talking to myself for years.  I’m not having conversations with myself, rather I’m just spouting off any and every thought that comes to mind.  You should see me watching a Mizzou football or basketball game.  I…

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