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Elevate your dessert game with the perfect vanilla jasmine ice cream recipe

Justin Lee February 18, 2024
A few spoonfuls of a sweet dessert make for the perfect finale of a great meal. That last bite of dinner can make or break an unforgettable experience, and desserts deserve just as much time and care as any main course.
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A simple and delightful dairy-free banana bread recipe

Justin Lee February 11, 2024
There’s nothing quite like a freshly baked loaf of banana bread. The sweet, nutty aroma wafting through the air combined with a toothsome chew of pillowy softness is divine. For those with dietary restrictions, this one-bowl recipe is perfect, as the ingredients can be substituted without compromising flavor. 
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It’s time to welcome AI in the kitchen and here’s how

Justin Lee January 28, 2024
The future of artificial intelligence (AI) is upon us, so why not welcome it into the kitchen? Softwares such as ChatGPT can do way more than cripple academic honesty. It can be a useful tool in the kitchen, offering insights and smoothing the cooking process.
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Don’t let labels fool you: this catch is way more delightful than its tinned home

Justin Lee December 23, 2023
Banished to the furthest corner of American grocery stores sits the humble can of tinned fish. Its reputation, undoubtedly, precedes itself. To some, it carries a sense of flavorful nostalgia. To others, it’s off-putting at best and vile at worst.
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Want to experiment with yuzu? Here’s a yuzu caramel recipe

Justin Lee October 24, 2023
We previously put a spotlight on yuzu as a stunning ingredient used by award-winning restaurants in New York City. This sweet, salty and tangy citrus fruit is like heaven on a spoon.  Its vivid tartness and bitterness deserves a spot in your kitchen at home.
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5 Ingredients found in NYC michelin-star restaurants that will blow you away

Justin Lee October 5, 2023
Fantastic foods always start with fantastic ingredients. Here are five high-quality products that the best restaurants in New York City are using to serve up award-winning dishes.
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Sweet Mama’s is pricey pitfall of taste and service

Justin Lee September 24, 2023

Few things are as comforting as a classic New York City diner breakfast. Stacks of steaming hot flapjacks drowned in maple syrup just warm the soul. This craving enthralled my mind when heading to...

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Top 5 cooking tools to take your skills to the next level

Justin Lee September 14, 2023
If you want to take your cooking skills to the next level, you have to get the perfect tools. Here is what a professional cook uses in their home kitchen.
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Elevate your culinary skills with this masterful sage brown butter pasta recipe

Justin Lee September 6, 2023
The viral sage brown butter sauce rightfully took the internet by storm several years ago. In this recipe, we suggest implementing a restaurant-style approach to elevate this dish into being a gourmet-menu-level experience.
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As tomato season comes to a close, try a show-stopping tomato soup recipe

Justin Lee September 2, 2023
With tomato season coming to a close, now is a great time to master a classic show-stopping dish. This recipe is a perfect marriage of comfort and luxury for surprisingly little effort.
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Restaurant review: Pietro Cucina Italiana

Justin Lee May 1, 2023
Two colleagues and I had the pleasure of dining at Pietro Cucina Italiana in Saint James. While there were a few minor issues, we had a wonderful meal that will keep us coming back for more.
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Tools of the trade: A short guide to cooking supplies

Justin Lee May 1, 2023
Chefs need many tools at their disposal to produce high-quality food. These cooking instruments are vital for a chef's speed, efficiency and consistency.
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