Spanish Shrimp and Spinach

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Break out the canastas and flamenco music….this shrimp couldn’t get any more Spanish!  Smoky paprika, olives, orange segments, almonds and parsley.

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Lemon Chicken

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Lemon chicken with spinach, artichoke, kalamata olive, roasted potato and lots of flavor. 

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Scratch Made

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Fettuccine, Pesto, Roasted Chanterelle and Shiitake

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New Market Choice for Downtown|Recommended Daily

Howard’s is coming to the crossroads! 
Check out this article on Recommended Daily for all the details! 
http://www.recommendeddaily.co/howards-grocery-and-cafe-is-coming-to-oak-street

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What’s in YOUR lunch?

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Chicken Salad Bento Box with strawberries, peppers, sugar snap peas, almonds and grapes. 

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The Perfect Apartmentcue | Bison Sliders with Grilled Halloumi topped Greek Salad and Hummus chips | blog.friendthatcooks.com

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With weather touching the nineties it’s prime time for a poolside barbecue. Drink in hand, kids laughing, the smell of charcoal in the air, what could go wrong? Well, anyone who’s waited for coals to light far after dinner time or gotten way over their heads trying to cook their way through Bon Appetit magazine in one night could answer that. When hosting a barbecue there’s a formula for success, especially important in small spaces. Hopefully, I can address some common mistakes and guide you to the path of a truly relaxing experience instead of a hectic summer bummer.

First off, think small. Have a few things on your menu that you know you can execute well. By doing this you can insure you won’t get frazzled and can focus on being the perfect host as well as perfect home chef. With that in mind, the second tip is not to make it too simple. Try adding little twists here and there to your classics with maybe a new ingredient or two that won’t make more work for you but make the experience more special. An example with this dish would be bison instead of beef. It’s healthier, leaner, and when cooked medium-well or under will be very juicy and satisfying. Also, grilled halloumi, or similar hearty cheese (think paneer meets tofu) replaces boring chicken in this Greek salad. Lastly, having one premade item that makes sense with the dish is a good idea. Notice the hummus chips. Finger food while waiting is always well received for guests and chef alike, as is an appropriate wine for summer sipping. Here I have a Santa Alicia Cabernet Sauvignon that pairs beautifully with the rich bison.

In closing, keep it simple while thinking outside of the box. Having a premade element is not a bad thing if it works with and not against the dish. Don’t forget to be a host. Follow these steps and enjoy your next get together as much as I did, no matter what space your working in!

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Is a vegetarian diet healthier for you?

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Potato curry

Is a vegetarian diet healthier for you? Read the Austrian study.

I am not a nutritionist. I am a personal chef. As such, I try not to dole out dietary advice to people. I do however, come across a lot of information and studies on nutrition that the average person doesn’t run into, and I like to share it.

The link I’m sharing is to a recently released Austrian study concerning the health effects of a vegetarian diet. It goes against other previous studies that find a vegetarian diet to be healthier, and briefly discusses issues with some of those past studies.

As a summary, this study finds that for Austrian adults, a vegetarian diet correlates with increased mental health issues, heart issues, allergy issues and cancer. One thing that media sources usually do not do, that I will, is to warn any readers against drawing a direct “cause and effect” relationship from this data. It’s hard to tell in a correlative relationship if one condition is causing another, or even if there is another outside condition causing both.

Please read the study itself and draw your own conclusions. I’m not here to advocate, just to share.

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