Fresh and Easy Green Papaya Salad

I’m not sure why I ended up becoming a chef. It’s not like I grew up in a family with a rich culinary history. In fact, to this day my mom wonders how I “got to be so good” with food because she’s… well, not (her words, not mine).  Both my parents valued our family

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Cranberry Chutney

Raise your hand if you have a soft spot for canned cranberry sauce. I do! But even though my inner child tends to crave the canned stuff every year, I always make sure to have a homemade cranberry component to my Thanksgiving table as well. This particular cranberry chutney recipe acts like more of a

“Green Bean Casserole”

As much as we look forward to that glistening, golden turkey every Thanksgiving, I’m sure we can all admit that the real stars of the big show are those side dishes. I’m almost certain that 80% of my calorie intake that day comes from side dishes. Year after year, its those pesky sides that make

Artichokes

Every time I eat an artichoke, I can’t help but wonder how on Earth someone saw this weird looking food and decided it was edible. “Hey, check out this flower. Do you think we can eat it? What about if we cut the sharp, prickly tips of the leaves off, cook the whole thing, and