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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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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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 […]

Make Your Own Authentic Taco Seasoning

Compared to this homemade version, store-bought seasonings have three fatal errors: it’s pricier, it has fillers and it has chemical preservatives. This recipe of real taco seasoning adds authentic Mexican flavor to your dish and it’s also surprisingly good for blackened Tilapia or meatloaf. If that’s not enough to make you want to go out […]

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Homemade Cleaning Product Recipes

Just like my DIY cookbook, having one dedicated to homemade cleaning products is a great way to organize all my cleaning recipes by cost or time. Start your own cleaning ‘cookbook’ with these  gentle and effective cleaning ‘recipes.’ Disinfectant Recipe Type: Cleaning Author: Prep time: 5 mins Total time: 5 mins Ingredients 2 teaspoons Borax 4 […]

Tips for How to Handle and Store Your Produce

Just a few tips on how to preserve the flavor and pantry life of your fresh produce. Food tastes best when fresh, so keeping ingredients fresh is one of the easiest ways to improve the results of your cooking (think fresh basil instead of basil seasoning in a nice pasta dish).  So, here’s a short […]