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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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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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Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad Recipe with Beets and Fried Goat Cheese

I am back at it this week with this insanely delicious Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad Recipe with Beets, Sweet Potatoes, Dried Cherries, Pistachios, Bacon and Fried Goat Cheese tossed in a tasty creamy red wine vinegar dressing.  I know I keep telling you that we are pushing to incorporate more greens into our diet and if this is what it takes to get there then count me in.  You wanna talk about flavor? DUDE, this thing is loaded with goodness!  Sure there are a few things I could eliminate to make this really healthy like the bacon and the…

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Black Bean Burger Recipe with Yucca and Guacamole

I know I keep talking about it, but I can’t say it enough.  We are on a mission to clean eating daily, and while we are nowhere near perfect we are taking some good steps and this Black Bean Burger Recipe with Yucca and Guacamole is one of them.  I’m a little more lenient with the diet, but my wife is doing her dangdest to be lactose and gluten free and plant first.  She may sneak in a piece of chicken or fish but her goal is to essentially be a gluten-free vegan.  This whole vegan thing is brand new…

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Pea Protein Powder Shake with Coconut Milk, Berries and Chia Seeds

I have been on absolute protein shake binge that last few weeks, and it’s all thanks to Bob’s Red Mill Pea Protein Powder.  I’ve had a little more motivation that usually since I’ve been more persistent about getting to the gym at least 4 days a week, so with going to the gym comes being more conscious of what I’m putting in my body.  When I can start off the morning with a delicious Pea Protein Powder Shake with Coconut Milk and Berries, I immediately feed energized and full, which is perfect for giving my what I need to endure…

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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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Easy Falafel Sandwich Recipe with Lentils and Cucumber Salsa

I remember the first time I had falafel and thinking what odd flavors of ingredients am I eating?  I was in my teens so my palette hadn’t quite developed yet even thought I was already in the restaurant industry.  I never attempted to make falafel for some years later and when I did it I was blown away at how easy it was to make and how simple the ingredients were.  While making it I immediately remembered when I ate it for the first time several years prior and thinking why on earth did I think it was something crazy. …

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