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Justin Gilbert

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Chili ATX
  For the first time in my culinary career, I won a cooking contest! In
celebration of the NFL opening weekend, my work sponsored a chili cook
off. Of the 250 or so employed at The Gatehouse Center for News Design in Austin, 10 entered. All of the entry's...

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Homemade French Fries
Great homemade french fries are not as easy as they seem to make. Getting the crispy outside and soft, pillowy inside takes some work. I think they are the greatest side dish of all-time and are totally worth going the extra mile for. In fact, I would rathe...

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Country Fired Chicken with Pepper Gravy
What do you do when you get home from a luau featuring a limbo contest and a surf-thrash band? Make a batch of country-fried chicken and a side of pepper gravy is what you do! That's what I did anyway. I've been out and about in Austin lately feeling out th...

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Cheesy Beef Rotini
Pasta and cheese go together like yin and yang. Add ground beef and you get shamalama ding dang! I bought a 3-pound package of ground beef on sale that I divided for three meals. The first of which was this scatch-made, hamburger-helper-esk pot of yummy goo...

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Eggs over easy
I can plate up some mean biscuits and gravy, pancakes, frittatas, omelets and many other breakfast favorites but I had never been any good at making a fried egg over easy. Broken yolks and a glob of egg is how they usually ended up — which in turn would bec...

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Nacho Cheesy Rice
I enjoy making dishes like this for work during the week. It stores well and reheats nicely in the microwave, but most importantly, it really is a tasty dish. I can eat it like a dip with tortilla chips or garnish with chili flavored corn chips for texture....

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Friday Night, Taco Night
Fresh corn tortilla, steak, cilantro and onion with chipotle ranch sauce. Friday dinner is reserved for tacos. When I first moved to Austin I set aside Friday nights to hit new taco joints in search of the ultimate taco. I didn't find the ultimate, but I di...

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My snack tonight
Fresh made corn tortilla, chorizo, cumin crusted pork, refried beans and red onion — drizzled with a chipotle ranch sauce — a tasty treat indeed! A little snack thrown together with odds and ends left over from weekend experiments. Decided to snap a shot. S...

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A new adventure has begun
I'm just getting settled in Austin, Texas! A great opportunity has come my way and for the second time in my life, I decided to pull up stakes and leave the comforts of the Midwest and Northern Indiana. I packed up my place outside Chicago. Spent the holida...

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Spaghetti Squash with Special Sauce!
Squash has been dated as far back as 7,000 B.C. in parts of Mexico and
South America. According to The Oxford Companion to American Food and
Drink, explorers from Europe originally thought squash were melons and
were delighted to find them everywhere the...
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