Cooking Tips

Bacon-Infused Summer Ratatouille!

I love ratatouille!  It is a dish that can be used for everything from sandwiches to top sausages and other meats to filling an omelette and so on.  The version I’ve made here is my summery, chunkier version whereas my winter ratatouille is much more labor intensive with many more ingredients…but worth the effort, for sure. But, since it’s summer …

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Peach Base for Many a Dish!

Driving through the North Carolina mountains last weekend we stopped by a road-side produce stand and found these lovely peaches.  South Carolina peaches!  I mean, they are beyond lovely because they are fully in-season and begging to be made into whatever your heart desires or eaten raw over the sink because they’re SO juicy! Peaches ripen really well when they …

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Chicken Bone Broth...Plain & Simple!

  Everything old is new again and chicken bone broth or bone broths in general are no exception…hallelujah!  Take my word, you will begin to hear more and more about the health benefits of bone broth these days and about little restaurants/brotheries serving it up in all its glory down the way from the juice bar! I mean, just the other …

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Rendering Duck Fat & Other Duck Delights!

The French really know and have known forever how to consume fabulous fats that are good for them.  Their motivation to eat lots of duck fat, pate’, butter, cream and cheeses was not because they supported their health necessarily but because they taste great and make food oh so satisfying! I’m sure y’all have heard about the southwest region of France …

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Chef Shane's Top 10 Reasons to Eat "Healthy" Fats!

There are way more than 10 reasons to eat a steady diet of healthy fats but I thought the ones listed below would give you something to really hang your hat on and inspire you to eat more of the good stuff!  I’m such a visual learner and I wish I could find pictures that would drive each one of …

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