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Our Ten Favorite Recipes to Cook for Mom

A special recipe doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to be delicious! If you want to make something special for your Mom this weekend, try one of these sure-to-please dishes. There’s something for every Mom, or anyone you love like one! Onion Soup Gratineé Croque Monsieur  Crab and […]

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Thoughtful Gifts for Your Foodie Mom

Mother’s Day is coming up, and whether you are celebrating your mom, your wife, your mother in-law, your grandma, your sister, or maybe even yourself (treat yourself!), the mom or mom-figure in your life may be a foodie like you. If your mom isn’t already a DISH member, that’s a […]

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How to Choose Olive Oil

Olive oil can be fruity, nutty, sweet, zesty, peppery, rich, intense, and assertive; mild, mellow, light or heavy, subtle, and delicate; opaque or clear, deep olive green, pale green, gold-green, golden, or pale yellow. Like wine, no two olive oils are exactly alike. The most wildly-available olive oils in the […]

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Navigating the Farmers’ Market Like a Chef

Spring has sprung! And while there is so much to look forward to when the weather warms—wildflowers, patio happy hour, and long walks in the sun—here at the CIA, we most look forward to mornings at the farmers’ market, like the one right here at The Pearl near our campus […]

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How to Make a Hearty Vegetable Soup Without a Recipe

Hearty vegetable soups (broth + veggies + other ingredients, left chunky) are for more than the cold of winter, since they can showcase some of our favorite spring and summer veggies! Best of all, you don’t need a recipe to make a flavorful hearty soup, as long as you follow […]

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Boot Camps are Back! Plus our Favorite Recipes

We have missed hosting visitors at our in-person Foodies boot camps and weekend classes, and we are so excited to share that we are ready to start welcoming some of our first California friends back to the CIA! Under the practices and standards of our institute-wide CIA SAFE plan, classes […]

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How To: Cook Asparagus

When the local crop of asparagus first starts to trickle into the market, we can’t wait to get it home. Tender and sweet, asparagus is wildly versatile and easy to cook, making it a favorite for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Asparagus can be sold in several sizes, from pencil-thin and […]

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Virtual Vacation: Street Foods of China

Throughout history, food for the “common,” everyday people has been produced and consumed as a communal affair. Retreating to one’s private quarters to eat a meal alone or in a very small group is a relatively recent development, found mostly in industrialized regions. Interestingly, many cultures struggle to understand the […]

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How to Use Store-Bought Pastry Doughs

You may make your own puff pastry and phyllo dough, but many times, using a good-quality prepared pastry can be the difference between dessert or no dessert! Luckily, both of these store-bought doughs are easy to work with and can result in perfect pastries with just some simple strategies. Puff […]

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12 Best Easter Brunch Recipes

Easter brunch is the holiday meal of our dreams, since you can have sweet, savory, and definitely a little bit of both! Try a few of our favorite spring brunch recipes for your holiday table, and don’t be afraid to mix and match! Cherry and Cheese Blintzes with Mixed Berry […]

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The Perfect Cocktail for a Taste of Spring

As we ease on down that road toward spring, you might start dipping your toe back into outdoor living. It starts with two minutes of staring into the sunshine before you huddle back under the blanket, but before you know it, you’ll be reading your newspaper al fresco with a […]

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Tying a Roast

Tying a roast with secure knots that have the right tension is one of the simplest and most frequently required types of meat fabrication and preparation. It ensures that the roast will cook evenly and that it will retain its shape after roasting. Though a perfectly tied roast is a […]