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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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Savory Tart with Sweet Potatoes and Goat Cheese in Honey Wheat Crust

I’ve developed a huge passion for baking the past few years.  Whether it’s making homemade bread, a cake, a pie, or even simple cookies, I’ve fallen in love with baking.  Believe it or not I actually went to culinary school some 17 years ago (dang I’m getting old) to be a pastry chef.  I quickly discovered at the tender age of 18 that I definitely did not have the patience it took to be a pastry chef.  I’m not about to wait all day for a cake to cook and completely cool before icing it. HECK NO!!  So I knew…

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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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Fritter Recipe with Quinoa, Chickpeas and Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

I often get stuck in a rut when it comes to serving up quinoa.  More times than not I make a chicken vegetables bowl with, or throw it in a soup.  Don’t get me wrong both methods result in some absolutely delicious recipes, but I was happy when I came up with this Fritter Recipes with Quinoa, Chickpeas and Cucumber Yogurt Sauce, which is a little different than my norm.  Quinoa is just so good for you that I want to cook with it all the time, but again the struggle of moving it around to different recipes can sometimes…

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Homemade Pappardelle Pasta with Puttanesca Sauce Recipe

For all the singles searching for love or long time couples out there, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner which means it’s time to put in some work.  Even though it’s just another hallmark holiday filled with cards, roses and chocolates there is nothing more important than the food you will eat, for me anyways.  Nothing says I love you like a homemade meal that requires some work, and nothing is more romantic then spending time eating over a delicious meal with some wine.  Sure, you can go out and buy diamonds and necklaces, but when I see people…

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Kale Salad with Apples and Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

You all know it’s that time of year where everyone is setting goals like crazy.  Whether it’s getting in the gym, losing weight or heck even trying to pay off debt, all of us are looking for that reset button, including me!  I didn’t work out on January 1 mostly because our church had a chili cook off and I for sure wasn’t going to miss that one so right out of the gate I didn’t start off too well.  However, the next day I was able to hunker down and get after it while also whipping up and eating…

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Winter Salad Recipe with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Seeds

I know, it’s a winter salad from Chef Billy Parisi that has close to 9,000 ingredients in it.  I realize quite a few of my recipes have a decent number of ingredients in it but man once I’m creating something I being to think, “Well this other thing would go great in here, and then this, and then this, and then this,” until I get completely carried away like in this Winter Salad Recipe with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Seeds.  All I can say is, at least it’s good haha.  That’s my fall back.  However, with a lot of…

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