Chef Inspired Recipes

Burger Month Part 2 – Toppings Debate

Burger Month Part 2 – Toppings Debate

If you have been following, Phil and I have been doing the heavy lifting for you this month in the burger debate that I am sure you are all having somewhere or at some time. Last week we discussed the stacking effect. We covered the […]

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“Fake” Shack Sauce

“Fake” Shack Sauce

One of the newish burger shops to make a name in our country is Shake Shack. They finally made it out to Seattle with one restaurant now opened and I believe two more scheduled to soon be opened. Here in the PNW, like so many […]

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Game Day Chicken Wings – 4 Ways

Game Day Chicken Wings – 4 Ways

I have probably been making semi decent wings for almost 20 years so I figure since I have made them enough, I can probably write about them. Maybe I passed some sort of test? I don’t really know. I do know though that there are […]

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Holiday Eggnog

Holiday Eggnog

As a kid we always looked forward to when mom would bring home some eggnog from our local grocery store, which happened to be the Safeway on Market just south of Wellesley in the Hillyard neighborhood of North Spokane. A lot of memories at that […]

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Alton Brown’s Hot Cocoa and a few Memories

Alton Brown’s Hot Cocoa and a few Memories

As a kid, hot chocolate was a big part of our lives, at least that is how I remember it. Sounds dramatic but I have distinct memories, of my childhood, where specific hot chocolate was an integral part. When I went up to the mountains […]

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Martha’s Mac and Cheese (with Beecher’s Flagship)

Martha’s Mac and Cheese (with Beecher’s Flagship)

One of the weird things from my childhood is that my mom never made homemade macaroni and cheese. She allowed us to eat Kraft “the cheesiest.” I used to pretend they each piece of macaroni was a log that needed to be neatly stacked just […]

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Everyday “Middle Eastern” Sour Cream Sumac Sauce

Everyday “Middle Eastern” Sour Cream Sumac Sauce

I think I have finally found a sauce that is ubiquitous enough to cover most any Middle Eastern dish. I am not trying to cover all ethnicity and cultures from that part of the world by any stretch as I am sure there is as […]

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Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

I hate to admit this but I actually like the Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Not everyone makes them well, but a lot of places do and it although I don’t “embrace all that is pumpkin” I have been known to make a pie, maybe some pumpkin […]

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P.F. Chang’s-Style Lettuce Wraps or ‘Asian’ Tacos

P.F. Chang’s-Style Lettuce Wraps or ‘Asian’ Tacos

One of the meals that is on the regular weeknight circuit is my riff on a dish from a big corporate restaurant, P.F. Changs. They make these lovely lettuce wraps that we have decided to turn into “Asian” tacos for our Taco Tuesday, just to […]

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Horseradish Cream

Horseradish Cream

This is one of the more versatile and delicious condiments you can make and serve especially when making a rib roast or some other cut of meat that could use a little kick from horseradish. Excellent for that Sunday dinner or holiday. We typically serve […]

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