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Guide to Grilling Basics

*By: Megan Deppen* It's summertime, which means it's time to fire up that grill and cook some delicious food! During this time of year, I always look forward to grilling burgers, hot dogs, chicken, and steak. In addition to mouthwatering meats, summer vegetables such as corn on the cob fare well when cooked on the…

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Food is Life: The Culinary Institute of America

*By: Megan Deppen and Christi Shingara* Photo: Christi Shingara Photo: Megan Deppen Recently we had the pleasure of experiencing The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY and it was a real treat! CIA was founded in 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut by the New Haven Restaurant Association and was led by Frances…

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We All Scream For Homemade Ice Cream!

*By Megan Deppen* It's the unofficial start of summer, which means warmer, longer days are upon us and when it gets hot out, I can't wait to cool down with everyone's favorite summertime treat...ice cream! A few years ago, a friend gifted me an ice cream maker for Christmas, and ever since then I've been…

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Éclair Torte for Your Memorial Day Gathering

Photo: Linz Bordner Photo: Linz Bordner *By: Linz Bordner* If there is a dessert I love making as equally as I love eating, it’s an éclair torte. Just think of a traditional French eclair that you would get at your local bakery, but super-sized! It's three layers of light and fluffy decadence. The first layer…

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Healthy and Delicious Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

*By: Megan Deppen* One of my favorite go-to breakfast recipes on the weekend is Banana Oatmeal Pancakes. Not only are these pancakes delicious, they are healthy too. Believe me, you won't be able to eat just one! Check out the video and recipe below.  Enjoy! Recipe courtesy of Modern Honey.  https://youtu.be/yRHBiwwnoIM Video By: Bill Deppen Ingredients…

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Culinary Crash Course Series: Knife Basics

*By: Megan Deppen* Do you ever feel intimidated in the kitchen when it comes to using certain knives? In the final installment of our Culinary Crash Course Series, I will be discussing knife basics, which will cover must-have knives you should have in your kitchen and how to properly cut an onion, red bell pepper,…

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Delicious Cinco De Mayo Instant Pot Carnitas!

*By: Megan Deppen* In honor of Cinco De Mayo, I'm sharing this delicious Instant Pot crispy carnitas recipe. My husband found this recipe about a year ago and it's one of our favorite go-to Taco Tuesday meals. Top off your meal with a refreshing margarita or a Corona and you'll have the perfect Cinco De…

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This Could Be the Best Fried Chicken Sandwich Ever!

*By: Linz Bordner* Photo: Ryan Bordner A fried chicken sandwich isn’t something I would instinctively choose on a menu. I tend to lean toward more healthier options, but sometimes you just have to dive in at the deep end. And let’s face it, a fried chicken sandwich just screams comfort food and a day’s worth…

Culinary Crash Course Series – Why You Should Consider Meal Planning

*By: Megan Deppen* Photo: Etsy.com Welcome to the first installment of our Culinary Crash Course Series. In this series, we will share some basic cooking tips including knife skills, pantry staples, types of pots and pans, etc. I don't consider myself a novice in the kitchen, but there have been many things I have pondered…

No-Fuss Corned Beef Hash

*By: Megan Deppen* Corned Beef Hash is the perfect go-to dish for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. This recipe is super delicious, easy to make and the best part is you can have it for breakfast (add an egg), lunch, or dinner. Believe me, you’ll be wanting more than just one serving of this dish!…