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About jentarantino

i went to culinary school back in the mid 90's where i soon discovered that most of my favorite things to eat begin with celery, carrots and onions; or at the very least, one of the three. i cooked professionally for a very short time, but never stopped being a "home cook". i used the skills i acquired in school to teach myself to bake and kept up on food trends by becoming addicted to cooking shows and food magazines. i will eventually open my own soup shop, but until that happens, this blog will be my culinary outlet. i hope it inspires you to... stand lovingly over a simmering pot, wait anxiously for rising bread dough, frost cupcakes with care, marinate, brine, and most importantly... make it yourself!

breakfast fried rice

one of the most valuable things we can do as home chefs is to think beyond the meal that we are cooking at the moment. doing a little prep for future meals goes a long way to stave off the … Continue reading

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meatballs and red sauce

as a little girl, i spent most of my time in the kitchen watching my italian nana cook. she made a delicious red sauce that i’m still chasing to this day. culinary school taught me all the nuances of sauce … Continue reading

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cherry slab pie

i think it’s come to that time in our quarantined lives to start eating pie for dinner, don’t you? but giving in to the dessert as a meal ideology doesn’t have to come with antiquated techniques and  arduous steps. i … Continue reading

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cheeseburger and fries, when you need your fix!

so, here we are in week one million of our stay at home quarantine. my dreams have all begun to feature food as the protagonist and me and my family as the captive victims in desperate need of table service … Continue reading

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pork ragu, big batch cooking for the new normal

3 weeks ago, the world turned upside down. with all of us navigating our individual quarantine situations, i thought i’d start posting here again and focus on big batch cooking and cooking projects that take some time. lord knows we … Continue reading

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parmesan broth

if you’re anything like me, you probably have a bag of parmesan rinds in your freezer that you’ve been saving for something special. as a culture of foodie freaks, we’ve been taught never to throw the rinds away! and yes, … Continue reading

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ricotta gnocchi

after taking much of the summer off, i’m back to cooking and blogging! i meant to make a grand entrance in early fall and wow you with all my fabulous autumnal recipes, but soon realized that i had a stack … Continue reading

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