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" Cook ingredients that you are used to cooking by other techniques, such as fish, chicken, or hamburgers. In other words be comfortable with the ingredients you are using. "
" Lime juice makes things taste fresher. I use it for drinks, salsas, relishes, soups, and sauces. You want some give to your limes - firmness means the inside is dry - and they'll stay softer longer if you don't refrigerate them. "
" Chipotles to me are a one-of-a-kind pepper because they're smoked jalapenos, so they're fiery and they're smoky. It's good to use chipotles in salsas or soups or condiments - that works really well. To me, they always really pick up anything you put them in. "
" Grilling outside with my parents at the Jersey shore. We would grill lobster and corn in the summer. "
" I probably use my chef's knives more than any other tool in the kitchen. I'm not married to a particular brand, because they all work, they all have sharp blades. "
" Grilling takes the formality out of entertaining. Everyone wants to get involved. "
" Go vegetable heavy. Reverse the psychology of your plate by making meat the side dish and vegetables the main course. "
" I love working with big flavors like chiles and smoke. Honey is perfect for softening the edges, mellowing them out a bit. I put it in everything - vinaigrettes, soups, stocks, salsas, so I'm always on the hunt for great honey. "
" I still love making hamburgers on the grill. I guess whenever I eat them childhood memories come up for me. "
" I guess I fell into cooking. "
" I love using gas grills because they are easier to heat and it's much easier to control the flames with a gas grill than with a charcoal fire. Grilling is not just about lighting a fire. "
" For me, it's all about moderation. I don't kick things out of my diet, like carbs. But I'm not going to eat fast food. "
" Habaneros have a great fruity flavor, but the challenge is that you have to deflect the heat in order to taste the flavor. If you don't, you're dead. They should really have a warning sign on them. Deflect the habanero's heat by pairing it with sweet food. "
" A grill is just a source of heat. Just like a stove, it is very user-friendly. "
" One of the things that happens in my house on the holidays is after dessert, we sit down to a very ambitious men-versus-women game of Trivial Pursuit. It's brutal. And there's a trophy. "
" It's important to have balance in your life between work and play. "
" I can't be on the cheeseburger diet all the time. "
" I dropped out of high school. I really had no interest in doing any school work whatsoever. "
" Today, when I hire, I look for people who want to be trained and molded. "
" When people pile seven things onto one burger, it drives me nuts! "
" My contribution I hope is to get people to eat full-flavored food. If I could come away with that alone, that would be a fantastic accomplishment. I'm also very proud of being a very American chef. "
" If my daughter wants to get into this business, I would support that decision. She's going to have a hard time not being in it. She loves food and she's around it all the time. "
" I love the culture of grilling. It creates an atmosphere that is festive but casual. "
" I think cookies are sort of the unsung sweet, you know? They're incredibly popular. But everybody thinks of cakes and pies and fancier desserts before they think cookies. A plate of cookies is a great way to end dinner and really nice to share at the holidays. "
" The first time I was cooking for my wife, Stephanie, way before she was my wife, I actually put three chickens on the rotisserie and I closed the grill, which is really a bad idea. But I just wasn't thinking very straight that day. And I looked outside and I saw, like, smoke and flames. "