🎃👻Halloween Hand Pies 👻🎃

🎃👻Halloween Hand Pies 👻🎃

We love this time of year in our home, as it marks the start of all of the holiday baking activity in our kitchen. This recipe is a particular favorite as it not only tastes amazing (filled with a seasonal mix of butternut squash, apples, candied ginger, and raisins), but it also allows the kids to get creative in designing their own jack o’lantern faces….and what a fun treat to serve on a plate!

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Herb Laminated Garganelli

Herb Laminated Garganelli

In its simplest form, homemade pasta can be made quite easily, with just a few ingredients and is delicious. Pasta can also be FANCY! You don’t have to be a pastaia or pastaio (maker of pasta) to turn something simple into something quite elegant. With just a few fresh herbs and some creativity you can turn a simple pasta into a beautiful pasta textile.  If you are looking to create a pasta showstopper, this technique is a must try!

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Mixed Berry Meringues with Mascarpone and Pistachios

Mixed Berry Meringues with Mascarpone and Pistachios

This delicious, airy, and sugary treat is one for the books! It is a testament to “good things come to those who wait.” Meringues, although actually quick to make, get their crispy outside and soft inside from low and slow baking. It’s believed that meringue was first developed by the Swiss, then perfected by the Italians, and then brought to France to claim glory in patisseries across the globe. Although the true history is not confirmed, one thing is for sure: these AMAZING little dollops of goodness will always have a place in my go-to baking repertoire.

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Braided Corned Beef Pocket

Braided Corned Beef Pocket

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate but with a homemade corned beef. Traditional corned beef and cabbage might not be everyone’s pot-of-gold at the end of the rainbow, so we've devised a bit of a twist (or a braid, to be exact) on this old-fashioned dish that will be sure to get your mouth watering. "Corning" beef refers to the grains (or corns) of salt used to cure and preserve meat. The process of preserving meat with salt goes back centuries. In fact, you can find the term “corned” in the dictionary dating back to 1570. For this process, you’ll want to pick up a beef brisket from your local butcher, and get ready for your house to smell amazing.

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Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies

Every family has their own holiday cookie. Sugar cookies. Gingerbread. Spiced shortbread. There’s something so nostalgic about smelling them bake in the oven, or seeing them sit on the countertop. Around here, the cookies that get us in the holiday spirit are these linzer tarts. They’re so pretty, so sweet and so fun to make with the whole family. Here’s how we do it at the Chef Shop:

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Pie Tips

Pie Tips

Most of the year we try to contain ourselves. We eat salads for lunch; we count our calories. Maybe sometimes we even try to cut out carbs. But the time is quickly approaching where all bets are off and no one – not even Jenny Craig – can fault you for engaging in 24 hours of gluttonous overindulgence. Aside from the turkey, a key ingredient to the perfect Thanksgiving dinner is the pie. Here at the Chef Shop, we did a little experimenting and came up with a few tips that’ll have your guests asking for dessert first! 

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Roast Chicken and Root Vegetables

Roast Chicken and Root Vegetables

The perfectly roasted chicken is a thing of beauty. A perfectly roasted chicken cooked in a pan with a side dish is even better.  Root vegetables are available year round, but October starts their prime season.We are talking acorn squash, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and parsnips. If you have ever been too intimidated to try preparing these vegetables in your ow kitchen: that stops today. This recipe is the perfect one-pan dish that will make you look - and feel - like a true chef. Get ready to impress your dinner guests.

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Corn Tortillas and Mexican Corn Salsa

Corn Tortillas and Mexican Corn Salsa

September in Baltimore is a beautiful thing. It’s not cold, but you can finally wear a sweater. It’s the best of both worlds. And while we’re excited about fall, there’s still a little bit of us that wishes every day could be a pool day. We’re working hard to squeeze the last few drops out of summer this month, and we’re starting with these corn tortillas and warm Mexican corn salsa!

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Kimchi

Kimchi

Kimchi

A spicy complement to your summer cook-outs

Kimchi is a Korean condiment that goes well with much more than a bibimbap bowl. Not only is it good for you (with a high concentration of dietary fiber while being low in calories), it is also pretty easy to make. But plan ahead, as the key step of fermentation means that the taste continues to develop the longer it has been allowed to sit.

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