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Blood Orange and Cinnamon Vanilla Tartlets at Chasing Delicious. Recipe by @rvank.
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03 Mar Blood Orange & Cinnamon Vanilla Tarts

Hints of cinnamon, blood orange, and vanilla. These little tarts bring together my favorite flavors of the season. Perfect for a special dessert, or a guilty-pleasure breakfast, these tartlets are packed with layers of flavor and texture.   With each new season comes change. As seasons linger, we often find ourselves waiting and hoping for that change. We count the days, watch the weather, plan for far away days, and wonder what will soon be…

Bacon Cheddar Biscuits at Chasing Delicious. Recipe by @rvank.
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19 Feb Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

   Salty, cheesy, melt in your mouth biscuits . Repeat after me. Bacon, Cheddar. Biscuits. Have these for breakfast, lunch, or along side dinner. It doesn’t get much better than this   We all know how it goes. Bacon rules. It is king of all, unchallenged leader of the blogosphere. It is simply, and undeniably, fantastic.   So, here I present to you some delicious cheddar biscuits with our good friend, bacon, thrown in. Because as the old…

Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies at Chasing Delicious. Recipe by @rvank
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17 Feb Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Massive, sweet, and filled with huge chocolate chunks. What’s better than a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe? A classic chocolate chip cookie recipe that’s been enlarged. Good luck fitting these suckers into a glass a milk.   It’s no secret that I love chocolate chip cookies. At any given moment, there is likely at least one jar filled to the brim with them in my Kitchen. Sometimes though, I like to think outside the jar, with…

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13 Feb Haute Dogs – The Chicago Dog

Haute Dogs is in stores April 29th. Visit the Haute Dogs page at Quirk Books.  If you’re dying to reserve a copy now, you can head over to Amazon where it is up for presale! It’s available as an ebook as well. If you’d like a copy to review of Haute Dogs, you can reach out to Eric Smith, Marketing & Social Media Manager at Quirk Books  (eric at quirkbooks dot com).  I’d love y’all’s help spreading the word about this amazing project….

Chicken Minestrone at Chasing Delicious. Recipe by @rvank
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10 Feb Chicken Minestrone

Loaded with ingredients, packed with flavor, and healthy as healthy gets. This fully loaded chicken minestrone, or 27 ingredient minestrone as I like to call it, is perfect for those cold, rainy days. Slide your spoon into this soup and try to get a little bite of everything.   Hiding behind frost-framed windows, weary eyes peer out over the icy white. What few dry logs remain are collected, stacked, and lit in a charred, dirty…

The Snow White at Chasing Delicious: Cocktails. Recipe by Alessio Fangano
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06 Feb The Snow White

Milk is one of the most stable natural emulsions we can find in our pantry. Its ample versatility is only second to what we can do when we break said emulsion. Milk is mainly composed by three elements: protein, fat, and water; how they combine is quite fascinating. The fat, in form of droplets, is emulsified into the watery phase like in regular a vinaigrette, but where the magic happens is in the protein phase….

Bourbon Spice Cinnamon Rolls at Chasing Delicious. Recipe by @rvank.
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05 Feb Bourbon Spice Cinnamon Rolls

 Sweet, spicy, and slathered in icing. What’s better than pulling apart a warm, fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon roll? These rolls are kicked up a notch with a host of delicious spices, and the oaky bite of bourbon.   As the sun slowly rises far away in the distance, and as a city slowly rouses itself awake, we find ourselves quickly snacking in between hurried sips of coffee. We look at our watches in anticipation for the day. We…

Haute Dogs - A book all about hot dogs by @rvank. In stores April 29th. Learn more at
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03 Feb A Book Announcement: Haute Dogs

In case you haven’t heard, and in case you some how managed to miss the nonstop hot dog chatter coming from me for the last year, I wrote a cookbook. The best part? It’s a cookbook all about hot dogs! You heard me right – and yes, I do indeed now introduce myself as the man who wrote the book on hot dogs.   Haute Dogs gives the classic cookout staple a fresh and tasty twist,…

Pumpkin Loaf at Chasing Delicious. Recipe by @rvank
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29 Jan Pumpkin Loaf

Sweet, rich, and packed with that delicious pumpkin pie flavor. Have a slice by itself or slather a big pad of butter on it. This is a delicious loaf that is perfect as dessert or breakfast.   Fall may be long gone and the jack-o-lanterns long since thrown away, but there’s no need to abandon our seasonal love for the sweet, earthy pumpkin. If you can still find some pie pumpkins lying around, I definitely suggest…

Kitchen 101: Cooking Fats and Oils at Chasing Delicious. Infographic by @chasedelicious.
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27 Jan Kitchen 101: Cooking Fats & Oils

When it comes to cooking and baking, there is no shortage of fats and oils. Plants, flowers, seeds, nuts, animal fat, and milk almost all seem to end up as a cooking oil or fat at one point in time or another. And today, a trip down the oil isle makes it clear just how many choices exist. But can they all be used interchangeably? And if not, what do you have to take into…