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Food Comics: Asian Inspired Burgers

We are pleased to introduce Food Comics from The Chopping Block where our resident Cartoonist Tom O'Brien illustrates his cooking adventures. Here, he shows us how to put an Asian spin on a classic ...

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My Chicago Style Deep Dish is More “Chicago” Than Yours

  My move to Chicago wasn't easy. It took me three months to find a job and about six before I had my own apartment. I wouldn't have been able to get by here without having some wonderful friends. ...

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Everyone Needs Friends with Figs

I'm lucky enough to have a couple of friends who have a fig tree that produces an abundance of fruit right on schedule every June. Each summer, they are generous enough to give me more than my fair ...

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Killer Kebabs on a Homemade Hibachi

  When I moved to Chicago last summer, I found myself for the first time in my life with a lovely big back porch. I quickly developed an insatiable urge to grill meats, but had no grill to grill them ...

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No-Bake Fruit Tart Bites

  Well, Summer certainly took its sweet old time getting here this year, but since it arrived it’s been hot-hot-HOT! When it comes to cooking, for many of us that means trying to use our stoves and ...

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Need a New Way to Use Butternut Squash? Try it as a Dip

Butternut squash is synonymous with the autumn season, but it’s actually a year-round vegetable (technically fruit, I know). We all have that favorite butternut squash soup recipe we all love, and ...

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Meal Prep Cheat Sheet

Outside of a lack of willpower, one of the biggest reasons many people cannot seem to stick to a diet usually comes down to a convenience or “time” issue.  It’s much easier to just go out to lunch ...

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One Pot of Bolognese = Five Different Dishes

My late husband never ate leftovers growing up. His mom prepared exactly enough food for that dinner each night and that was that. He told me that he never even heard the word leftover until he went ...

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Pineapple Party

I’ve always loved pineapples. Not only are they delicious, and a real taste of summer, but they’re the universal symbol for hospitality, which we really focus on here at The Chopping Block!

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Easiest, Tastiest Grilled Chicken Ever

  I don’t know about you, but summer is my favorite time of year, and yet, my least favorite time to cook. The kitchen always gets too hot, and the dishes take too long to wash. I want to be outside ...

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