MasterCook App Feature Tour

Shopping List on MasterCook App

Take a tour of the shopping list feature on the MasterCook app. Now available on both Android and Apple mobile devices! The shopping list is my favorite feature from the MasterCook app. The fact that it synchs to my online account means I can plan special meals and shopping from my desktop too, which is […]

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Kitchen and Pantry Organization Ideas

By: Danielle Hegedus Via Modernize How many times have you come back from the grocery store just to realize that you have bought items that you already had in your pantry? For me, it’s usually spices. I have an embarrassing amount of cumin, pumpkin pie spice, and paprika, but it doesn’t end there. I’m also […]

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6 Recipes for Delicious Summer Corn

When I think of summer, I think of corn. There is nothing like sweet white corn on the cob. It may be because I grew up in northern Indiana, which produces more than 20% of the United States’ popcorn supply. Did you know? -An ear or cob of corn is actually part of the flower and […]

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The Perfect Loaded Grilled Cheese

A very, very flavorful grilled cheese sandwich loaded with bacon, avocado, grilled onions, and Colby Jack cheese on sourdough bread. It’s National Grilled Cheese Month and out of all the specific food special days, this is one we can really get behind. While I don’t believe there is such a thing as a bad grilled […]

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Shredded Pork Loaded Nachos

Pork shoulder made the perfect topping for loaded nachos. This versatile Mexican “carnitas” inspired recipe for shredded pork uses locks in the flavors of blood orange, cinnamon and cumin using chicken stock instead of the traditional lard. The result is shredded pork perfect for any dish that calls for tangy, tender and juicy. If you […]

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Grilled Pork Chops and Sweet Potato Salad

For quick, weekday meals after a long workday, I frequently opt for any easy recipe using the grill pan. After cooking all day for others, it’s often a challenge to match the level of the meals that I spend all day preparing for clients. Here, I prepared grilled boneless pork chops and sweet potato salad […]

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Make a Smart Pantry Recipe with Spiralized Zucchini Noodles and Pasta

Chef Jim’s pantry recipe is a pasta dish for two using common on-hand ingredients. During the week, I avoid making unnecessary trips to the grocery store by preparing a meal using ingredients I already have, also known as a pantry recipe. I enjoy the challenge of combining bits to create a satisfying meal of leftover ingredients […]

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Chef Jim’s Heavy Appetizers Party Plan

Planning  a Labor Day party? Try Chef Jim’s appetizer menu shortcuts, & cooking timeline. As a personal chef I also provide in-home catering for some of my clients.  Here’s a menu that I created for a client’s summer party. The number of items may sound daunting but you can easily recreate this or any similar […]

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Corn Made Easier: Cooler Corn and 10 Minute Corn on the Cob Recipes

The best way to cook and prep corn on the cob for a BBQ party… Corn is easy enough to cook.  However if you’re preparing food for a gathering of more than 8 people, then it may be a good idea to outsource the work from your stove — to a cooler.  This is a […]

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Recipes and More for Memorial Day

Happy Memorial weekend!  Weather permitting, I hope an outdoor gathering with familiar faces features brightly in your future. If you’re attending a gathering, you can get ideas for bring-along dishes from our Pinterest.  MasterCook has a whole Pinterest board dedicated to recipes and ideas related to the 4th of July recipes that would equally well for […]