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Why Buy What You Can Make? DIY Spice Blends

One of the most common thing students at The Chopping Block say they want to master is the ability to not have to follow a recipe. They want the confidence to throw flavors together and be able to ...

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Clean Eating Boot Camp with Chef Alia Dalal

  Chef Alia Dalal taught her first hands-on cooking class at The Chopping Block this past Saturday, and it was a total success. Clean Eating Boot Camp was a fun-filled, educational day of learning ...

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Announcing Chicago’s First Clean Eating Boot Camp

As the resident wellness chef at The Chopping Block, I spend a lot of time thinking about our relationship with our food. Chefs are known to obsessively tinker with flavor and plating. Some ...

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Hand Butchered Meat: A Dying Art Revived

  I’m a true ‘Chicago culinary foodie geek’ and my husband Mark is a true ‘Chicago history buff geek,’ so sometimes our conversations result in amazing and interesting treasure hunts. We recently ...

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Homemade for Sale

Do you make the best blueberry jam on the block? Have a cheese straw secret that is requested anytime you attend a party? Are your pickled peppers the talk of the town?

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Back to the Basics Part 4: Sauce Robert

In my last post on how to make demi-glace, I decided to continue my trip back to the basics by creating a meal around this lovely sauce. I also am going back to the master for inspiraton, Auguste ...

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Interested in Boot Camp? Join us for a Special Showcase

Last year, we started a new tradition called The Chopping Block Classic. The Classic is an event we host to showcase our gourmet retail, cooking classes, private events and gift card offerings. If ...

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Bread & Wine: A Book that will Nourish your Heart

It's always flattering when The Chopping Block is included in a book. It's even more exciting when that book is a joy to read.

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Celebrate our Timelessness at The Chopping Block Classic

2014 has been a wonderful year for us here at The Chopping Block, and in 2015 we plan to re-brand and unveil a whole new look! While this couldn’t be more exciting, leave it to me to become overrun ...

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Cupcake Boot Camp: The Secret to the Perfect Cupcake

I love baking, especially baking experiments, so when I heard that The Chopping Block had a Cupcake Boot Camp – I think my heart started to beat a bit faster. Four hours, four delicious cupcake ...

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So, You're Thinking about Going to Culinary School?

Your favorite television show is Top Chef. You keep your knives sharp. You make your own salad dressing. You get excited for Le Creuset to release its latest color of enameled cast iron. You love to ...

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Enroll in Boot Camp for your Culinary Fitness

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I Have a New Favorite Class

I recently taught Pie and Tart Boot Camp and it has moved to the number one spot on my "Favorite Classes to Teach" list.

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Are You Better than the Average Cook?

If you're better than an average home cook and think there are no cooking classes for you without spending thousands of dollars on culinary school, think again.

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New Year, New Classes

With the New Year comes the opportunity to flood the calendars with new classes and menus that are designed with our mission in mind. The goal at the Chopping Block is to Get the Country to Cook. I ...

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