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What does a Southerner Cook in the Summer?

  I am ready for my first “Summertime Chi” as a Chicago resident, and the persistant cold weather is finally gone. However, we can still expect some cool nights so in anticipation of those with the ...

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You Don't Have to Be a Frequent Flyer to Explore Global Cuisine

Last week, when I landed at O’Hare and de-planed from a direct flight from Dublin, Ireland, it occured to me that I would never be able to summarize my week-long trip in a short enough amount of time ...

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How to Cook with Pancetta

  Now that you know how to make pancetta, I wanted to provide a few tips on cooking with it and recipes that highlight those techniques. Although pancetta is edible in the same way bacon is, its high ...

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Greece: A Spectacular Culinary Adventure

  Two weeks ago, I was packing my bags for my big trip of the year – last year was Paris, Rome, and Florence – this year was Greece. I was looking forward to new sights, experiences, good weather, ...

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Make Reusable Beeswax Cloths for your Kitchen

  In the seemingly never-ending pursuit of using less waste, keeping a green, less plastic kitchen, I found myself looking for alternatives to wrap my leftover produce, etc. I fell in love with some ...

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Le Creuset Mini-Cocotte Recipe: Gruyere Mac & Cheese with Crispy Bacon

  Last September, I wrote about the colorful round mini-cocottes from Le Creuset that we carry at The Chopping Block. Like ramekins, mini-cocottes are perfect for cooking individual portions, but you ...

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A Royal Recipe: Meghan & Harry’s Lemon Elderflower Petit Fours

  I’m obsessed with the upcoming Royal Wedding. As an L.A. girl who studied in London and always dreamed of bumping into some secret royal at the local Tesco and being swept off my feet, this is my ...

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Teach Your Kids to Cook to Avoid these Food Faux Pas

There are some foods that you need instructions on how to eat. Shrimp is one of those foods: pull off the legs, peel the shells, scoop out the gunk, and pop it in your mouth (all but the tail that ...

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Under the Influence (of Oak)

  I was talking with some of my fellow bloggers the other day, and I said something very stupid. We were discussing our May blogs and I said, “I think I'll do a blog about oak,” as though that were a ...

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A Quick and Easy Chicken Terrine

The thing I really love about cooking, and specifically charcuterie, is taking humble ingredients, and turning them into something special. A terrine is the perfect example of this idea. Today we are ...

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