Grilled Pineapple & Jalapeno Margarita

Our good friend, Leigh, just finished building an amazing Tiki bar in his home (a subject which deserves its own post and photos.) Leigh invited us to a Tiki themed Cinco de Mayo party. Imagine tiki drinks paired with street tacos. After years of having to decline every invitation that…

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Falafel – A Story & A Recipe

A round deep-fried patty made of chickpeas, fava beans or both (Wikipedia)At their best they are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, full of bright fresh herb flavor and spices. At their worst they are tough, bland and represent everything that is wrong when ethnic cuisines migrate west.The…

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Five Golden Rules To Selecting A Happy Hour Menu

These days everything is available online. Restaurant menus can be scouted ahead. If the owners even half knows what they’re doing, the menu will read well. How can you tell the difference between a good deal and a culinary trap? Brand names in the drinks selections Without alcoholic beverages, happy…

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Does Using an Instant Pot Make Me a Chef?

Here I am, the father and father-in-law of two classically trained professional chefs (the creators of this blog site, Kierstin and Snir Mor respectively), and I’m about to write about a device that nearly automates the chore of cooking. Of course, that doesn’t mean making the best hollandaise you’ve ever…

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The Dreaded Female Boss

Although the stereotype of a woman being at home in the kitchen preparing beautiful meals for her husband exists, this does not carry over to the chef world. I’m a female chef who continually watches my husband (also a chef) get thanked for all the incredible food I just cooked.…

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How To Get The Biggest Bang For Your Buck While Eating Out

Coupons?  Nah.  Okay, maybe every now and then from the ValuPak that comes in the mail. Groupon? Sometimes, although most restaurants offering Groupons are about to close.  Usually a last ditch effort to bring in customers before doomsday. Discounted gift cards? Yes, please!  My secret source?  www.raise.com.  People who do…

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Pass The Salt

One of the most frequent questions we get in our cooking classes is, "What are the different kinds of salts and what are their uses?" This seems to reflect an almost universal confusion about a key cooking ingredient. Without salt, most things we eat would lack flavor and character. Just…

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Knives 101

I am pretty sure that all of you have watched one of those late-night infomercials, or passed next to that demo at the big box store, where a sales person would try to sell you this unbelievable set of 25 knives that will last you a lifetime. Some of you…

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