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How to Make Homemade Nutella

I’ve debated purchasing a Vitamix for years. Will I use it? Is the expense worth it? As a professional chef, I’ve known the answer all along. The answer is yes!
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Time to Make the Donuts and Peach Fritters

    I've never made donuts from scratch. When I was younger, I improvised by opening a can of biscuits, deep frying them, and tossing them in sugar. So, it's no surprise I jumped at the chance to ...
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Facing a Fear of Cooking Braciole

  Braciole is an Italian dish that has always had a very soft spot in my heart. This is a dish of meat worthiness for those who aren’t aware. It’s a thin slice of top round, flank steak or even pork ...
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The Light and Dark Side of Roux

Nothing is more satisfying than learning how to change the texture and consistency of a sauce. A great roux can take something that was once watery, and in a matter of minutes, transform it into a ...
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Tofu 101: Taking the Blech out of the Bean Curd

A culinary staple originating from East & Southeast Asia, tofu has made its way to the Western world’s food scene over the past few decades. It is low in calorie, cholesterol-free, and high in ...
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Latin Flare at Café Tola

  One of the great things about moving apartments is exploring new surroundings. While I have lived in Lakeview for most of my time in Chicago, I seem to pass at least one place every week I haven’t ...
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How to Make a Pan Sauce

What's not to love about a pan sauce? It looks (and tastes) fancy but takes virtually no effort, can be made with pantry staples (especially if wine is considered a pantry staple), and is made in the ...
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Chicago's Farmers Market Season is Here

Farmers' market season is now open in Chicago, so here's a preview of some of my favorite local markets.
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Avoiding Cleaning Your Oven? Follow These Steps for an Easy Clean

It seems like our ovens are always on at The Chopping Block. From baked granola and frittatas in the morning to roasted vegetables and meats at night, we’ve always got something in the oven. And of ...
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3 Easy Tips to Make Grocery Shopping Simpler

I used to hate grocery shopping. I would go into the store thinking it would be a 15 minute trip and it would turn into 40 minutes. I would go in for two things but leave with a cart full, and ...
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How to Make Homemade Nutella

I’ve debated purchasing a Vitamix for years. Will I use it? Is the expense worth it? As a...Read more

Time to Make the Donuts and Peach Fritters

    I've never made donuts from scratch. When I was younger, I improvised by opening...Read more

Facing a Fear of Cooking Braciole

  Braciole is an Italian dish that has always had a very soft spot in my heart. This is a dish...Read more

The Light and Dark Side of Roux

Nothing is more satisfying than learning how to change the texture and consistency of a...Read more

Tofu 101: Taking the Blech out of the Bean Curd

A culinary staple originating from East & Southeast Asia, tofu has made its way to the Western...Read more

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