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I have always worked better with a bigger knife. Now’s your chance to land a big chef knife too

This is not about my Napoleon complex. I really mean it. We little people work better with a bigger knife. Actually, mostly, big people chop more efficiently with a bigger knife too.  Why? The heaviest part of any knife is where the blade meets the handle. This is where you…

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On the May 25th Rachael Ray Show I gave you a look inside my kitchen.

As a professional chef, I am often asked about the things I like to use when cooking in my own kitchen. You can take a look inside my cupboards and drawers to see my favorite things and I will tell you why I like to use them. You can find…

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My son’s dog enjoying the day.

Here is my son’s dog “Puddles” catching a little nap. Who’s a good dog?

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A look at my Mom’s sewing table.

When I was staying at my sister’s a few weeks ago we needed to repair a blanket so we opened up my Mom’s sewing table and I was floored to see the contents. How beautifully my Mom had arranged them. Reminded me of her watercolors which she kept neatly ordered…

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From April 22nd to 29th “Cherry Bombe” magazine sponsored The Julia Jubilee.

Cherry Bombe magazine celebrated the life and legacy of Julia Child from April 22nd to 29th as part of a special virtual conference. The tribute, in conjunction with the Julia Child Foundation, included a whole issue of Cherry Bombe about Julia as well as a JC festival online. Learn more…

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The Jacques Pepin Foundation annual fundraiser was May 14.

The Jacques Pepin Foundation has been very busy this spring. Their principle, annual fundraiser, “A Night with Jacques and Claudine Pepin” was virtual this year on Friday May 14. The hour-long Zoom event offered culinary technique demonstrations and a lot of entertainment from the father-daughter duo! You can learn more…

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I was very sad to hear that Martha Lou Gadsden, Chef of Martha Lou’s Kitchen, died on April 1.

The matriarch chef of the best fried chicken restaurant on the planet (in my estimation), Martha Lou’s Kitchen in Charleston SC, died on April 1 at the age of 91. Back in 2016 I was lucky enough to visit and cook the famous fried chicken with her granddaughter, Melanie Alston…

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Last Sunday, Easter, I splurged on oysters for the family and am so proud of myself for finding just the right platter to put them on.

Last Sunday, Easter, I splurged on oysters for the family and am so proud of myself for finding just the right platter to put them on: I dusted off some artichoke plates I use maybe once or twice a year (artichokes are expensive! but then again so are oysters…) Anyway,…

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Holiday eggs we decorated years ago.

Happy Easter! Last year as the pandemic started, I posted this picture with the note “every year I pull out these eggs we decorated years ago and they make me happy, especially this year.”  We are not out of this yet, and we all have to work hard to get…

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I interview Rick Bayless for my latest UM Alumnus Magazine article.

I got to interview Rick Bayless, Chef, Restaurateur and TV host, about his pandemic year, for my latest University of Michigan Alumnus Magazine article. He tells not just his story but reflects on the state of the restaurant industry in general and it is grim. Meanwhile, who knew that Rick…

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