Third Anniversary

Third Anniversary

Three years ago today the idea for Cook Like Chuck was born. Amanda, Sean Nelson, and I were sitting on Sean's couch in Boston, watching Bob's Burgers, and making sangria for a party Sean was going to the next day. Sean said, "You know, you should do a food blog. You could call it Cook Like Chuck."  We all had a good laugh at the name, but after some prodding by both Amanda and Sean over the next few hours, I bought the domain on that very couch and set up the site…

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On Meal Planning

On Meal Planning

After overeating for the past two months, people are starting to think about slimming down for summer. Others are cooking more to save money after spending too much over the holidays. If this is you, planning is key. Don't depend on your willpower to make good decisions all the time. It is far too easy to order pizza or pick up a sandwich from the corner. Instead, use your willpower when you have it to plan ahead for the times you don't. Here is what I do.   Shop first,…

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Tipple Tuesday: Calvados Sidecar

Tipple Tuesday: Calvados Sidecar

If your holiday festivities include alcohol, consider putting a lighter drink in the rotation to refresh your palate from all the heavy bourbon, egg nog, and dark rum drinks. I suggest a variation on the Sidecar made with Calvados, a French apple brandy made up in Normandy with the same care as their southern neighbors make cognac. The sweet calvados and Cointreau mixed with the tart citrus bite of the lemon juice make the Calvados Sidecar a lively cocktail that will lighten your holiday spirits. Save this recipe card to…

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Cuisinart Food Processor Blade Recall

Cuisinart Food Processor Blade Recall

If your Cuisinart Food Processor has a blade with rivets like the one pictured above, the blades are being recalled and replaced. I stumbled across a recall post on DigitalTrends.com and decided to check mine. Sure enough, the one I use regularly and often recommend to readers of this blog is part of the recall. Model sold between July 1996 to December 2015 are subject to this recall. You can check your model and request a replacement blade here: https://recall.cuisinart.com I've had mine for about four years and my parents have had theirs…

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Start Eggnog Now For Your Christmas Festivities

Start Eggnog Now for Your Christmas Festivities

Make this year's Christmas festivities special and make a batch of eggnog now and age it in your fridge for the next 73 days. This stuff is so much better than the cartons you see in stores around the holidays. I talked my parents into making some around the beginning of December last year and it turned out great. It was even better around the beginning of January. The age improves it pretty quickly, rounding out the bite of the alcohol and blending the flavors together. It probably isn't worth…

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