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Sesame Teriyaki Chicken with Ginger Carrots

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Most of you have probably purchased eggs and chicken from the grocery store recently and I am sure have noticed the push of “cage-free” or “free-range” in the packaging, but what does this all mean? Is it worth the few extra dollars? These labels can be confusing, so I am going to try to make it as clear as possible! The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines free-range as “allowing chickens to have some access to an outside area.” This doesn’t include how long or under what conditions. To ensure you are purchasing meat and eggs from free-range chickens that foraged on plants in a natural environment, look for indications on the packing that the chickens were pastured or find the label “Animal Welfare Approved.”

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Mexican Corn on the Cob

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At culinary school I had I learned more about food than I could have ever imagined, but nothing has tested me more than starting my own food blog. Recipe testing can be one of the most exciting, rewarding, yet frustrating jobs. The most difficult challenge that I face is that the possibilities are endless! For me, it’s either making the most of what is in my pantry or casually strolling around the grocery store until an ingredient inspires a dish. From my experience so far, my favorite and most memorable dishes have simply allowed one ingredient be the star of the show.  Whether it is jazzing up that one ingredient with spices or herbs, my new moto is “The simpler the better!”

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