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Chef Notes: Sesame Oil

I don’t know about you but I could easily form an unhealthy addiction to Chinese take-out. Chinese food is bursting with flavor and tends to tweak more than one set

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Chef Notes: Bread Pudding With Hazelnut Liqueur Sauce

I have such fond memories of my grandmother, most of which involve her cooking. My grandmother had no formal training, owned only a handful of cookbooks, and probably never heard of

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Chef notes: Piloncillo or “Mexican brown sugar”

I love to wander into tiny ethnic markets and browse the shelves looking for a new ingredient (preferably something I’ve never even heard of before) to bring home, research, and

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Chef Notes: Dinosaur Kale

I had never heard of dinosaur kale until my internship at Fine Cooking Magazine. Growing up in the South, we certainly ate our share of greens, including kale, but never

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Chef Notes: The 101 on Vinaigrettes

One of the quickest and easiest sauces to make is a vinaigrette. I’m not talking about the gloppy, over seasoned, too sweet vinaigrette’s you buy at the grocery store. A

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Chef Notes: Hollandaise Sauce

We’ve talked about the five French mother sauces before. They are béchamel, espagnole (brown sauce), hollandaise, tomato, and veloute.  Virtually all sauces, with the exception of quick pan sauces, are

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The Best of 2012…Chef Notes: Compound Butters

We’re picking our favorite posts of 2012 this week and we couldn’t resist this column by Chef Amanda about making your own flavored butters. I started making my own after

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Chef Notes: Holy Meatballs

There are few foods more perfect, more enticing, more versatile than meatballs. While a little messy (no one likes forming the balls, they get your hands slimy) they’re easy to

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Chef Notes: Fast Homemade Marinara Sauce

I’m always looking for quick, easy, homemade dinners. Marinara sauce is one of my favorite go-to’s. In addition to serving it the tried and true way, over pasta, it can

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Chef Notes: Lemoncello for the big kids

Now that both American and Canadian Thanksgiving is out of the way, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. It seems like you hardly have time to get the dishes