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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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How to Make a Classic Ratatouille Recipe

One of my first experiences while working as a line cook at the age of 15 at one of my favorite restaurants in St. Louis was making risotto and ratatouille.  They were the staple side items that we often served up to accompany main entrees on the menu.  I remember everything from prepping the zucchini, squash and eggplant to the sautéing of the vegetables and then finishing it off with herbs and cheese and sending it out the door to dining room guests.  I’ll forever cherish those foundational moments of my culinary journey. While my first restaurant experience opened the…

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No Knead Bread Recipe with Baked Goat Cheese Tomato Sauce

I’ve been having so much fun lately baking bread.  It’s literally one of the oldest culinary art forms and has really remained the same for centuries.  However, I’ve been doing quite a bit of research around no knead bread and have mostly written it off until now.  I was absolutely blown away by the ease, rising times, crustiness and over all tenderness of this no knead bread recipe that I made.  Now I’m not saying that kneading bread is bad by any stretch, but maybe we’re over thinking it a bit, especially when it comes to simple artisan Italian loaves…

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Homemade Whole Wheat Honey Oat Bread Recipe

For the past 6 months or so I’ve been fascinated with making homemade bread and seeing other chefs make it.  From the crunchy outside browned crust to the fluffy pillowy inside, it is science in its finest forms.  It’s the combination of time, fire and air incorporated into a recipe and it’s so awesome!  This Homemade Whole Wheat Honey Oat Bread Recipe did not disappoint during the entire life cycle of the recipe.  I can honestly say I’m not sure if I enjoyed making it more or eating it more, I’m that intrigued by the process.  However, once you take…

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How to make potato rolls with goat cheese and honey butter

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays I often take for granted.  We have so much here in the US, and so many things are readily accessible that we often don’t think about being thankful for the little things.  The past year has been incredibly challenging for me, mostly from a health standpoint.  I’m only 35, but man has 2016 beat me up, chewed me up and spit me out a couple of times.  I’ve had horrible back pain, surgery, been super sick, been deaf in 1 ear for a month, I mean I’m one whipped puppy.  Not-too-mention all the political…

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Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Flax Seed and Walnuts

I know I always say it but man does the month of October just make me want to make pumpkin everything, and the same goes with this Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Flax Seed and Walnuts.  I’ve already made Chicken with Pumpkin Butter, and I plan on racking it up this month with as much pumpkin as I can incorporate into food J.  Whether it be canned pumpkin or fresh pumpkin, we are using it in a big way at our house.  My wife is a super huge fan of making homemade pumpkin seeds as well, which I plan on doing…

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Homemade Pita Bread Recipe

Man did I have fun this week making this Homemade Pita Bread Recipe.  I’ve never made it before but I am just so intrigued by middle-eastern cuisine, especially from Israel, so I had a blast making this.  First I was so shocked at how simple it was to make, it was literally 5 total ingredients.  THIS is how pita bread should be made, not with 1,000 ingredients from your local grocery store. I grew up eating pita bread quite a lot.  We would use it as sandwich bread all of the time when I was a kid.  My sister and…

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Elotes Recipe on a Stick with Cotija Cheese and Cilantro

This Elotes Recipe on a Stick with Cotija Cheese and Cilantro is the ultimate side dish to serve up no matter the out door occasion!  Seriously it may be my favorite thing to eat of all time! Once the corn is shucked, spray with PAM No-Stick Cooking Spray and grill until lightly charred and cooked. Next smother on some mayonnaise or Crema Mexicana along with some chili or chiplotle powder, cotija cheese, fresh cilantro leaves and salt and pepper! Save Print Elotes Recipe on a Stick with Cotija Cheese and Cilantro Author: Chef Billy Parisi Recipe type: side dish   This Elotes…

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