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Sep. 10, 2011 11:12 am 
Updated: Sep. 17, 2011 8:55 pm
A frequent question that at least used to be heard at the grocery store was "Paper or plastic?". Personally, I hate plastic bags. What do you do with them after you get them home? I have a 50# dog food bag I use to collect all of the grocery bags and the thing is filled up to the brim now… MORE
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Sep. 8, 2011 4:30 pm 
Updated: Sep. 10, 2011 7:29 pm
Hello again everyone. I'm back. My daughter seems to be healing very well and is up and running around again. Our house has seemed to return to its usual level of chaos, instead of the highly intense version of chaos. Here is a really quick tip that I used tonite. I usually try to make a few… MORE
Aug. 30, 2011 5:06 pm 
Updated: Sep. 4, 2011 12:57 pm
I am sorry if you have been reading my blog tips recently and haven't seen anything by me in awhile. We are going through some family struggles recently and are making our way through them. A paying job that requires me to work 10-12 hours a day and my daughter having to be rushed to the ER… MORE
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Aug. 23, 2011 3:57 pm 
Updated: Aug. 25, 2011 7:38 pm
Something I should have added last post about cheese. If you do grate a larger quantity than needed, a simple way to keep it separated from sticking is to add corn starch to it. In the business I used to have 25# of shredded cheese in a huge tub that I would add a box or 2 or corn starch and… MORE
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Aug. 22, 2011 7:18 pm 
Updated: Aug. 23, 2011 11:20 am
This may seem elementary to most but every so often I have an "ahh, huh!" moment so I will put this up for those that may have their own "AHH. HUH!!" moment. In the grocery store this weekend, I was noticing that the price of cheese has risen quite a bit. A one pound chunk of Kraft "premium"… MORE
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Aug. 21, 2011 7:05 pm 
Updated: Aug. 22, 2011 4:42 pm
I thought I would do a blog about okra, since that's the only thing coming out of my garden right now and in quite abundance. Okra is originally from Africa having come over with the slaves in colonial days. The plants it grows on can be as small a foot or two tall to over 10 feet (as mine… MORE
Aug. 19, 2011 4:17 pm 
Updated: Aug. 21, 2011 3:56 pm
I am not sure how much in savings you will get from this one, unless you buy eggs that are already hard boiled (yes they sell those in the store), but you would likely be surprised how often I have been asked how to make them properly. So here goes-- Place your eggs in a pan large enough to… MORE
Aug. 17, 2011 6:57 pm 
Updated: Aug. 19, 2011 10:07 am
How often do you see a good sale price of fresh corn on the cob at the supermarket? I usually only ever buy fresh corn on the cob when it is no more than a quarter an ear. So what happens is you get caught up with that great sale price and get a few too many ears than you really need? Well, I… MORE
Aug. 16, 2011 7:14 pm 
Updated: Aug. 17, 2011 11:36 am
We usually have fresh squeezed lemonade for our dinner meal (when I can get my #2 son to make it). I enjoy the freshness of the fresh lemons with just a little sweetness. We used to use the frozen concentrate until we eliminated the HFCS from our diet. So how do you get all of the juice from… MORE
Aug. 15, 2011 7:02 pm 
Updated: Aug. 16, 2011 5:24 pm
This quick tip has savings on the back end of this tip. One area that many home chefs fail to take advantage of is the clean up. In most restaurants, anytime a pan is put into the oven, it is lined with parchment paper. Of course, restaurants use full size sheet pans. Most home cooks will… MORE
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About Me
I am a classically trained chef (Culinary Institute of America 1991), but I am not in the business anymore. My big family gets to enjoy the fruits of my knowledge. We have raised our own pigs and chickens and have planted a garden for our own veggies. As the father of 7 living children, we stay busy all the time and I am proud to say that there is not a fussy eater amongst us. I stay away from processed foods and have been cooking more and more according to the Nourishing Traditions cookbook and the Weston A. Price Foundation principles- more "live" foods. I am the "go to" guy for food questions among my friends. Read my blog at
My favorite things to cook
Southern Italian is my favorite, but I love to try all new things and foods from different places.
My favorite family cooking traditions
homemade yogurt, pickles, hummus and kid friendly snacks
My cooking tragedies
For all the great things I make, sometimes the simplest things can become a mess, like just trying to toast croutons. I am not sure how many batches I have had to feed the chickens over the years.
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