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Chicken piccata on garlic butter pasta, topped with lemon juice and parmesan. Photo by Ian Hilton, 5/6/2021.

Chicken piccata fo’ yo’ mama

Ian Hilton, Reporter // May 8, 2021

Celebrate the moms! If you’re fortunate enough to spend time with yours this Mother’s Day, don’t stop with a measly card. All moms appreciate being appreciated, and a surefire way to impress is...

Pico de gallo para Cinco de Mayo

Pico de gallo para Cinco de Mayo

Ian Hilton, Reporter // May 2, 2021

Hola, and happy early Cinco de Mayo! Having worked in many kitchens, I’ve had the pleasure of cooking alongside a number of Hispanics, especially Mexicans, so this contemporarily Amerianized holiday...

Medium-rare grilled New York strip steak with mole, asparagus and baked potato, topped with toasted sesame seed.

My take on steak: excerpts of experience

Ian Hilton, Reporter // April 24, 2021

The weather’s great, too hot to bake, so let’s talk steak. This is another guide to deliciousness, as opposed to a formal recipe. Like I mentioned in my “Simply Salmon” recipe, I’m well aware...

Springtime quiche calls for springtime sides - light salad and cantaloupe. Photo by Ian Hilton, 4/12/2021.

The Quintessential Quiche

Ian Hilton, Reporter // April 17, 2021

Spring is here, and with vaccination rates rising faster than the birth rate of garden-ravaging squirrels, folks are eager to resume normal activities.  What, dear reader, celebrates both spring...

Photo by Yoav Aziz, courtesy of Unsplash

Simply Salmon

Ian Hilton, Reporter // April 11, 2021

Salmon: the other red meat. Well, kind of. Salmon gets its red color from a pigment called astaxanthin — rhymes with shasta-dancin’ — either naturally or unnaturally. We’ll get into that later. I...

Shredded pork shoulder, mushroom, red onion and basil pan pizza.

Pan pizza perfection

Ian Hilton, Reporter // April 3, 2021

I flipping love pizza. When I don’t feel like cooking, ordering from Celestino’s or grabbing a take-and-bake from Papa Murphy’s suffices just fine. I also love take-and-bake because a cheese pizza...

Happy National Tater Day! Photo by Rebeca G. Sendroiu.

A tribute to taters

Ian Hilton, Reporter // March 28, 2021

March 31 is a day dedicated to one of my favorite foods: potatoes. National Tater Day celebrates the starchy spud, and whether you prefer reds, purples, whites or goldens, a plethora of methods can enhance...

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Corned beef and cabbage crescendo

Ian Hilton, Reporter // March 14, 2021

You don’t have to come from County Cork to cook critic-convincing corned beef and cabbage. For St. Patrick’s Day, we’re going traditional with a mainstay dish I didn’t really appreciate until...

You can't celebrate National Meatball Day without them. Sweet, salty and savory meatballs cannot disappoint. Photo by Ian Hilton, 3/4/2021.

Mastering meatballs

Ian Hilton, Reporter // March 8, 2021

Yes! It is the long-awaited recipe you undoubtedly marked on your calendars last March 9 —  a recognized and time-honored holiday: National Meatball Day. I recently shared with my sister how...

6. Chicken pot pie success! Note the position of the cuts made into the top crust in the shape of an asterisk (*).

Championing chicken pot pie

Ian Hilton, Reporter // March 1, 2021

Chicken pot pie is best when the weather is at its worst. That’s not to say it’s not great when it’s gorgeous out — as evidenced by me writing this, outside on a late February afternoon in a hammock...

Butter pie crust success! Photo by Ian Hilton, 2/23/21.

Butter Pie Crust

Ian Hilton, Reporter // February 27, 2021

I’m excited to get this recipe out of the way, as I have a few pie-like recipes on the horizon. A homemade pie crust can be used for both sweet and hardy pies. It can be frozen for months and, with...

Shrimp stir fry topped with green onion, cilantro and bean sprouts

Killer stir-fry tutorial

Ian Hilton, Reporter // February 20, 2021

Happy belated Lunar New Year! It’s the Year of the Ox – dedicated, hardworking and resilient describe this cycle. Similarly, this dish requires attention and discipline. Fear not! This is the...

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