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Winter days are quite the challenge here in Chicago, so I'm always trying to find ways to warm up with food. I haven't had a cold salad in months, as I just really believe in eating as many hot...
If you've never had risotto, now's the time to try it. Yes, it's most popular as an Italian style rice, but anyone can make it. Actually, I think it's even easier to make than some of the other types...
Going back to Ohio this year at the cusp of summer's end and the start of fall was a really blessed opportunity to appreciate what's so beautiful about rural communities, ethnic neighborhoods and simple, all-American living. I was born...
I’ve grown up making tuna fish sandwiches all my life. In fact, it was probably the first kind I ever made for myself during my latch-key kid days of the late 80’s and early 90’s. I tried to get...
One of the best things about large squash such as pumpkin is that since they have a long shelf life, you can decorate your home with them (I personally prefer the real thing to any plastic decor) and still...
Last month I traveled to Cleveland to teach a cooking class for a group of young women, some of whom I met nearly ten years ago when I lived there. It was a nice blend of catching up with...
This sauce is a delicious classic with subtle, yet flavorful additions that pair beautifully with the thickness of fettuccine style pasta, although any pasta noodle would be just fine. Serves 4 Ingredients 2 cups whole milk 1 large bay leaf, crushed 1/8 tsp. salt,...

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