When It’s Done: The Making of a Chef

Gretchen Hanson has turned up the heat! Gretchen Hanson, award-winning chef and former owner of Hobos Restaurant and Bar in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, has stepped away from the stove long enough to write a unique and entertaining cookbook, When It’s Done: The Making of a Chef.   More than just a book of recipes When It’s Done is a poignant, layered memoir, each chapter designed to soothe,

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what have we learned | Chef Gretchen Hanson

What Have We Learned?

What Have We Learned? America held her breath on Friday two weeks ago; a pause in the normal shuttle and grind in daily life. For one day we listened breathlessly while two people testified in front of the world. Twitter and Facebook were flooded with stories of #whyIdidntreport and #metoo . Any other news took the back seat as a

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Rape of justice

I’m not sure if I was four or five when my uncle began raping me. I was with my Grandmother that year. My mother had her jaw broken by one of her ‘men of the moment’ and while she recuperated we were shipped off to Annapolis for what turned out to be a lot longer than anticipated. I didn’t mind.

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the happiness accelerator |Chef Gretchen Hanson


Sadness When I was twenty I got into an argument with God. I was furious about the injustice of my upbringing. I was angry that I had been abused, hurt, neglected and then ultimately blamed as if I were responsible.  I was angry that even when I raged and screamed and demanded an apology from my family of origin and

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summer trio of smoky flavor

Summer Trio of Smoky Flavors

Summer is the best time to fire up the smoker and discover how this amazing cooking technique can change the flavor profile of vegetables as well. My friend, Kristen and I, had rescued a smoker by the side of the road about a month ago and this is our third foray into intense smoking. We have gathered all the crazy

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