At-Home Chef

Bust-a-Rut Summer Recipes!

July 13, 2021

We all have our go-to recipes for the seasonal menus of our lives – and summer tends to include more sandwiches and salads, less oven-baked dishes, and more meat magic from the grill. If you find yourself in a rut this summer, here are a few recipes that will help you out of it!

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Summer Slow Cooker: Entrées, Sides, Desserts

June 29, 2021

When it’s too hot to cook, and you don’t feel like grilling (hey, it could happen!) these slow cooker recipes will keep the kitchen cool, and still give you an entrée or dessert, worth the wait! If you tend to store your slow cooker in the summer, bust it out! It’s the easiest way to …

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What Every Picnic Needs This Summer

June 22, 2021

Summers at the Aurora Reservoir is the what Life at the Lake is all about. Within minutes from your front door in Southshore you can be sinking your toes in the warm white sand, or swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking and splish-splashing around in 800 acres of cool blue water! It’s also the perfect place for …

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Summer Desserts from Fruit!

May 18, 2021

Last weekend was the first Farmer’s Market at Southlands, just five minutes from the homes in Southshore. With two locations now – one at East State Avenue and the other in the Town Square near the theaters, the Southlands Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday through September from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. And one …

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Cooking and Grilling with Wine and Beer

April 27, 2021

Cooking, braising and grilling with booze – from white and red wine to different kinds of beer – makes food extra moist, tender and just plain taste better. Whether it’s a sauce for a delicate seafood dish, or a tenderizing marinade for grilling chicken and steak, home-chefs can round out their repertoires with alcohol add-ins …

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Sugar and Cinnamon-Spiced Treats

April 13, 2021

Raise your hand if you think cinnamon (and sugar) is not just for lattes? And once more if you think that combo spice belongs on everything from tortilla chips and wontons, to iced pastries and cookies? Right?! Read on for the recipes that will make your taste buds thank you for blending those two essentials …

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Celebrate PI Day with Pies!

March 2, 2021

We don’t pretend to know much of anything about Pi – that mysterious mathematical constant that intrigues Mensa members and is more or less equal to 3.14159. But, we do know a thing or two about pies that you eat – and since March 14 is Pi Day, we think it’s a good time to …

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Cheesy, Carby, Crunchy Comfort Food

February 16, 2021

the weather outside is still giving us chills, the comfort inside is best when it comes from your oven! The creamy, cheesy, carby, crunchy food that sates your hunger and soothes your soul, is just what we need at the tail end of winter. Check out a few of our favorite recipes to cozy up …

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Mason Jar Meals and Desserts to Make!

February 9, 2021

Mason jars were once relegated to canning, exclusively – veggies, pickles, jams, jellies and the like. But anymore, these glass jars are a favorite of crafters and home chefs because they lend themselves to so many different kinds of clever creations and meals. Let’s look at all the delicious ways you can use a mason …

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Healthy Super Bowl Snacks & Desserts

January 26, 2021

Now that we know who’s facing off in the biggest gridiron event of the season (it’s the battle of the ages — literally!), it’s time to start planning the perfect menu for the annual football-watching frenzy. Super Bowl parties are notorious for heavy appetizers and desserts that will load you down for weeks! If you’d …

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