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James DeWan

James DeWan
James DeWan
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Simple Poached Pears

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James P. DeWan is a chef, culinary instructor and award-winning food writer. Since 2005, James has been writing about cooking techniques and methods in Prep School, his monthy column for the Chicago Tribune. He teaches at Kendall College in Chicago, and is the author of Prep School: How to Improve Your Kitchen Skills and Cooking Techniques, a collection of his Good Eating columns. The book was a finalist for an International Association of Culinary Professionals cookbook award in 2014. DeWan is also co-author of The Zwilling J.A. Henckels Complete Book of Knife Skills.

Latest Recipes

Traditional Poundcake

This Traditional Poundcake is just like the one grandma used to make! It takes a while to bake, but with only five ingredients you won't find any pound cake recipes simpler than this one. The taste is buttery and lightly sweet, and the dense cake means that you're satisfied with just one slice! Dust the top with powdered sugar for a little extra sweetness. This is one easy pound cake recipe that your family is sure to love!

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Sylvie's Chicken

My Parisienne friend Sylvie Hornus made this when she stayed at our house a few years back. I marveled then at its flavor, today at its s...

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Broccoli and Beef in Oyster Sauce

Here's a classic combination that's easily adaptable. Use other meats or vegetables as you see fit and serve with steamed rice.

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Braised Lamb Shanks

Here's a basic but delicious braise. All braises are simply variations on this theme. Serve with mashed potatoes, noodles or couscous.

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Warm Salad of Beef with Avocado-Mango Salsa

The Australians refer to cooked meat on top of greens as a "warm salad."

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Stout Mussels

The Irish eat like this year-round. Serve with Irish brown bread or any crusty loaf.

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Green Beans Provencale

Blanch your beans beforehand and this delicious dish can be prepared in less than 10 minutes. Substitute other vegetables--asparagus, cau...

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Matzo Ball Soup 

A friend, Jennifer Diamond, shared her grandmother Muriel Diamond's soup recipe with me. This version is adapted from that recipe. For be...

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Smoked, Grilled Squash Topped with Tomato Parmesan

A student of mine, Brian Ward, made these in class. They were outstanding, and I asked Brian to share his recipe. Grilling the squash is ...

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