Issue 26

Posts From Charles Schlussel

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Charles Schlussel

Charles Schlussel

Professional head shaver, reckless adventurer, erstwhile semi-pro skydiver*(*amateur lander), fanatical tomato lover, All around awesome cook extraordinaire.

A Bite of Spring: Spring Rolls Recipe

Spring rolls are a classic Vietnamese appetizer that I discovered in the late 80’s/early 90’s at the long closed midtown Saigon restaurant location. Back then food on TV was virtually nonexistent except for PBS and it was incomprehensible that we

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An Osso Buco Recipe to Remember

The leaves are falling, there’s a chill in the air, your breath is visible and every step crunches the leaves underfoot releasing the aromas of fall that fill your nostrils with memories of the past and a longing for all

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Summertime Goodness: Gazpacho Recipe

Another season is upon us and with it comes the sunny and sweltering hot days of summer. What better way to refresh and recharge than a quiet warm evening on the patio sipping chilled white wine or maybe a deliciously

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Sweet & Spicy Summer Slaw

Spring is almost over and summer will soon be in full swing. That also means that we Nebraskans, being firmly ensconced in the center of the Midwest, are ready to fully engage into party mode after months of singing the

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The Joy of Gumbo

How would you like it if you knew you could absolutely knock the socks off your next dinner party guests? If you’re like me, I’m guessing the answer is a loud and resounding, “Yes!” Seeing your friends and family completely

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Long ago and not so far away

About a decade and a half ago and 30 miles northwest of Omaha, you would have found me overseeing the line at Nick’s 505 Mainstreet Grill in Fremont. Alas, it is long gone but the beautiful memories linger on. Wednesday

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A Sandwich Called Reuben

Is there anything as soul satisfying as a perfectly made Reuben? Encountering your first Reuben is a delicious rite of passage here in the city of its birth. The Reuben newbie, finding themselves seated at the table facing the glorious

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Burger Deluxe, Please

Thinking about burgers takes me back to the first burgers of my boyhood days. I grew up in Norfolk, NE, a quiet city of around 25,000 people. I’m sure all of you have wonderful memories of that first burger that

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Time for Thai: Thai Coconut Seafood Soup Recipe

Exotically delectable and wonderfully satisfying aromas of lemongrass, galangal and black licorice slowly waft through the air filling my nostrils with memories. I inhale deeply again and revel in the Kodachromatic mind movies as I watch more than a decade

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Viva La Tomato!

I’m sure many of you are like me in my anticipation of the first signs of spring; the chirping of birds and the first tender green shoots peeking out of the ground signal an end to the cold, dreary clutches

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