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It took 50 years for me to learn to grill and bake?

Well, not 50 years total. From age 10 to age 18 I made mostly Chef Boyardee Ravioli, Banquet Frozen Fried Chicken and the occasional fried bologna sandwich. Around 19 one of my best buddies introduced me to vegetables (What do you mean, fresh? They make vegetables that don’t come from a can?), starting with the Heartland Cafe in Chicago (Rogers Park). That opened up a whole new world of food. Shortly thereafter another friend gave me a vegetarian cookbook (Vegetarian Gourmet Cookery by Alan Hooker…still in print!) It was probably the first cookbook I ever owned, and used. I learned to cook a lot of things relatively well over the next 30 years. My spinach lasagna was a family gathering favorite for years. I figured out Chinese (thanks to Leann Chinn … Read entire article »

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