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Chef's Hat: Think fast, easy, tasty

Last weekend I was listening to a cooking radio show. The chef/author/host made some comments, or perhaps I should say suggestions, on what makes a good recipe.

The chef was trying to insinuate that a good recipe is normally a lengthy process that spells out step-by-step everything that will make the dish a success.

There are several cookbooks in my collection where recipes do indeed go on for 2 or 3 pages. Some of these recipes take hours, or perhaps even days, before the final dish is complete.

For most of us the reality is we have a full-time job that takes up eight hours of most days, a family, a house and interests or hobbies that demand our time and attention.

And now that spring is officially here, it’s likely most of us will be spending even less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying our snow-free yards.

So forget about those dishes that take all day long to make. There are plenty of simple recipes that are fast, easy and great tasting. You might not find them on the menu of a five-star restaurant, but they are dishes your family will ask for again and again.

Think fast and easy. Happy eating!