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November 14, 2017

Alternative Stuffing Recipes

I’ve often blogged about Thanksgiving, covering everything from appetizers to desserts. I’m not alone. It’s a season and a holiday where there is NO shortage of chefs with recipes and tips. Whether you want to know what the Pilgrims ate at the first Thanksgiving or what the Kardashians are   more...

November 9, 2017

Crock Pot Holiday Appetizers

When you think of making a Crock Pot © / slow cooker appetizer for the holiday, the usual default is some kind of meatball in sauce. And while Sweet n’ Sour, Barbecue or Swedish Meatballs are great, there are so many other delicious recipes and ideas that are also perfectly suited for a slow cook  more...

October 31, 2017

Turkey Timeline: Your Thanksgiving Dinner Planner

As the years go by, more and more I rely on my tried-and-true recipes, notes, and traditional routines that have paid off in the past. Thanksgiving, and especially planning for Thanksgiving dinner, is one of those times when I rely on my planner so I don’t forget a thing. It’s especially help  more...

October 26, 2017

Halloween Treats

Many of us remember Halloween not so much for the decorations, the pumpkins, the donuts, or the cider as much for the ritual of “trick or treating”, in costume, throughout the neighborhood on a leaf blown, moonlit night. Actually, Trick or Treating goes back a way. And not just in our own cou  more...

October 12, 2017

Caramel Apples: Just like the Good Ole Days

Back in the real Halloween trick or treat days, people actually used to make popcorn balls and caramel apples as treats. Sadly, those days are mostly gone, as people nowadays find it quite a trick to find the time to make this traditional fall treat. Having said that, it’s something I’d really  more...

September 26, 2017

Muffin Tin Meals

No, I haven’t lost my mind. At least not yet. I also haven’t disavowed my expert training at the Culinary Institute of America or forgotten all the hours I’ve slaved behind the stove in fine-dining restaurants over the years. Actually, all of that has put me in the perfect position to u  more...

September 19, 2017

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Homemade Soft Bavarian Pretzels!

When two of my greatest foods combine into one, it’s nirvana. It’s been no secret of mine that I love bread—all kinds of bread. And when it comes to snacks, I’ll pass on the potato chips and head for the pretzel snacks—all kinds, all shapes. I love pretzels as much as I love bread.   more...

September 12, 2017

Last-Minute Summer Desserts

Whether you’re simply exhausted from a summer full of activities, tired after shopping for back to school supplies, or just plain want to take it easy and be completely lazy, there’s no reason you have to sacrifice a delicious dessert at the end of a meal just because it’s such an effort. T  more...

September 5, 2017

Sack Lunches, Milk Money, & Me

Looking back, when it comes to anything culinary in my life, I’d have to say I had the least expectations of food from 3rd through 5th grade. I call that period the brown years, as in brown paper lunch sacks. Before those dark years, from kindergarten through 2nd grade, I walked back and forth to   more...

August 31, 2017

Pig Out! The Art of Grilling Pork

If you love to grill, chances are you’ve been enjoying beef steaks, chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers all summer long. You may even have enjoyed some fish on your grill. When it comes to pork, however, it’s quite possible that, depending on how you cook your spare ribs, you’ve never reall  more...

August 29, 2017

Top 10 Steak “Toppers” for Labor Day Grilling

I like grilling steaks just as much as anyone I suppose—unless, perhaps, you’re a vegetarian. Now grilling is even more fun when all the family gets together for the long weekend such as the upcoming Labor Day. The problem I have is that most people who enjoy grilling, only have one thing in min  more...

August 22, 2017

Any Way You Slice It, I Love Pizza!

For me, love is a round, any way you slice it. Or it’s square, rectangular, or crisp or deep dish. Okay, the fact of the matter is I love pizza. Like a lot of kids, I grew up on pizza, and I looked forward to my folks going out on weekend nights, just because I knew that meant a pizza de  more...

August 8, 2017

Great Recipes for Late-Summer Sweet Corn

August and early September are THE two best months to enjoy the best sweet corn Michigan farmers have to offer. We’ve all been enjoying Michigan sweet corn for about a month and a half now, and each pick, week after week, has been getting sweeter and sweeter. As growing seasons go, this year  more...

July 18, 2017

Potato Salads “Re-Visited”…

Potato Salads “Re-Visited”…If you enjoy potato salads you’re definitely not alone. All throughout the summer, you can pretty much count on a bowl of potato salad showing up at every backyard barbecue, casual picnic or outdoor get together, and for good reason. Potato salads are one of sum  more...

July 11, 2017

Glass Noodles

Glass Noodles are one of the coolest noodles going, an ingredient you owe it to yourself to try, especially this summer in a chilled salad or entrée dish. They have an altogether unique flavor, unique texture and an amazing look. Serve up a dish with these noodles in it and you’ll definitely get  more...

July 3, 2017

Summer Dips

Whether you have a deck or a patio or are just enjoying a lazy summer day on the lawn with friends, you just HAVE to offer up some snacks. For most everyone, THE go-to snack is chips and dip, or maybe some vegetables and dip. And there’s nothing wrong with that. As an inexpensive snack, you can  more...

June 20, 2017

Nino’s NEW Northern Smoke Barbecue Sauces

As a Chef, it’s always a thrill to roll up my sleeves and create special recipes for Nino’s. Going back 14 years now, I’ve had the opportunity to create hundreds of delicious recipes for salads, salad dressings, specialty produce, appetizers, entrees, soups, sauces, marinates, breads, desse  more...

June 13, 2017

Nino’s Finds What’s NEW at the 2017 National Restaurant Show.

Chefs, restauranteurs and yes, even specialty gourmet food retailers like Nino’s all have one thing in common, Food…and customers who love it. That’s why on the 3rd weekend of May each year, tens of thousands of professional “foodies” flock to Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention C  more...

June 6, 2017

Sushi 101

First, let’s get this out of the way. Not all sushi is raw fish. Ok, there, I said it. In fact, many of the most popular sushi choices are NOT raw fish but cooked fish, cooked shellfish like crab, shrimp or lobster or, raw vegetables. Yet when most people who don’t know much about su  more...

May 30, 2017

1 Cheesecake Recipe, 5 Additional Variations!

Surely, I can’t be all that different from everyone else. Growing up, whatever exposure I had to cheesecake must not have been very good, because I wasn’t a big fan. Then, one day (when I was a mid-teen) I must have been starving, because I decided to eat a slice of Sara Lee cheesecake my mom b  more...

May 23, 2017

Foil Pouch Grilling Tips

One hundred and twenty-eight years ago, U.S. Patent number 400,666 was granted for an efficient and cost-effective way of producing aluminum (which was discovered only 65 years earlier) and paved the way for the aluminum foil that’s sitting in your cupboard right now. Before aluminum foil, ther  more...

May 8, 2017

Michigan Asparagus

One of the events I look forward to each spring is seeing the first of Michigan’s local crops come into our produce departments at Nino’s. Among the very first is Michigan Asparagus, which, depending on our weather, you’ll see on our shelves as early as this week in May and (hopefully) throug  more...

April 27, 2017

Recipe Ideas for Nino’s Fresh Made Pasta Sheets

It’s no secret that Italian cuisine is one of, if not THE most, popular cuisine in the world. Italian restaurants are on nearly every corner, and a meal with pasta is almost as familiar to Americans as burgers, dogs, steaks, and fast food. Yet, despite our love for pasta, nearly all the pasta  more...

April 18, 2017

Life isn’t always a Picnic…But when it is, make it a great one!

We’ve all seen the photo…. you know the one… A happy family is gathered on a lush, perfectly manicured lawn with a perfectly ironed red and white checkered blanket all wearing smiley faces on a bright sunny day. The picture is complete with a wicker picnic basket, a bottle of wine, a Frenc  more...

April 11, 2017

In Search of the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich

April 12, 2017 is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, so once again, I’m celebrating with one of my very favorite foods and reflecting on a blog post I wrote a little more than two years ago. Since that time, I’ve continued to experiment with new cheeses, breads and spreads whenever I’m i  more...

April 4, 2017

Never Roasted a Leg of Lamb? Start Here.

When you’re “On the Lamb”, you’re definitely hiding from something. If YOU’RE “on the lamb” (from learning how to properly roast a leg of lamb that is…) then, it’s time to turn yourself in…because I’ve got some simple lamb roasting tips for what could surely   more...

March 28, 2017

Looking Forward to Summer with 3 NEW Barbecue Sauces from Nino’s!

While March 20th marked the first day of Spring on the calendar, I’ve been very busy these past few months working on a couple of new product lines I think you’re REALLY going to enjoy all year long, starting as early as this Memorial Day. What’s the tease? It’s no secret that American  more...

March 14, 2017

2017 Lenten Recipe Package #2

We’re nearly halfway through the 2017 Lenten season, and with many more meals to plan before Easter, it’s time for me to share with you some more of my delicious meatless recipes, this time focusing on a fish many of you may have enjoyed without knowing it. What fish is that, you may ask? Poll  more...

March 7, 2017

Home Roasted Chickens, Best Practices for Best Outcomes

Of all my favorite winter comfort foods I can honestly say that my favorite is a simply roasted chicken. I say “simple,” but even simple has a “catch”. For example, it’s a simple decision to decide between going left or right. On the surface, it seems like a 50/50 proposition, but in re  more...

March 2, 2017

Bananas… A Bunch of “Good Stuff”…

I have this habit of buying more bananas than I can eat. Actually, I don’t feel too guilty about it because when the bananas get too ripe to enjoy eating out of hand, I just throw them in my freezer where they stay until I get in the mood to make some kind of dessert,...or banana bread. Well, th  more...

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