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Joe Moninski, 59, Arlington Heights

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Joe Moninski

59, Arlington Heights

Principal engineer

What is your favorite ingredient and how do you like to use it? It changes over time, but lately, cilantro. I love the fragrance, and I use it in concert with or in place of other herbs in dishes like my Buffalo Joes, in a breaded fish coating or added to salads. And it works as a great garnish, too.

Describe your style or approach to cooking. Improvisation and innovation. I'm an engineer who has worked in product development for over three decades. I believe dishes I make should excite all the senses, and that eating is an experience that should stimulate the emotions. Mmmm ...

Why do you want to be part of the Cook of the Week Challenge? It may sound trite, but simply for the challenge.

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