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Emily T

Emily T
Emily is a Chicago native and Logan Square resident and a Class Assistant at the Chopping Block. In addition, she writes, mostly about environmental issues and green architecture, and illustrates, for local Chicago blogs and magazines (see her writing portfolio at https://emily-torem.squarespace.com/new-page/). A treehugger from an early age, she is extremely interested in building sustainable food systems, which includes a desire to hone her vegetable cookery. She spends her free time doing lots of things, but rest assured during all of them she is dreaming about owning a dog.

Recent Posts

Mushrooms On My Mind: The Tale of a Fungi

"Yuck! Mushrooms!" How many times have I heard that exclamation from the mouths of kids (and many of my beloved adult friends and family). If you are a mushroom hater, I understand you: the texture ...
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Japanese Homestyle Foods You'll Want to Make in January

  While we love making sushi and ramen from scratch (like, love-love), we couldn't help but want to share with you some of our other favorite Japanese dishes to make in your home kitchen. If sushi ...
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What the Heck's Up with Honey?

  How does that Cole Porter song go? "Bees do it"? I don't think Porter meant "fall in love"; I think he meant make honey. Put on your beekeeping outfits, because not only are we going to explore ...
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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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Cocktail Party Idea: Drinks from Toronto

  Last weekend I drove up to Toronto and discovered that not only is it a culturally and culinarily rich destination, but the city contains one of the most creative cocktail spreads I'd ever ...
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Quesadilla to the Lunch Rescue

 What are you eating for lunch today? If the answer is "I have no idea!" then how about a quesadilla?  
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A New Knife Can Change Your Life

  Some people lust after Mercedes Benzes, but my junior high friends and I, we dreamed about having our own refrigerator when we grew up. Call us kooky, but we spent many a sleepover swapping future ...
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Five Favorite Kitchen Tools to Elevate Home Cooking

  Somewhere in the sea of available kitchen gadgets, we know that there are some Holy Grail tools that will make prep, cooking and clean-up a breeze. These are the workhorses of the kitchen, and to ...
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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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A Small Peek into the World of Japanese Snacks

  There's nothing like traveling to Japan to make you call into question things you assume to be routine. Hand soap in the bathrooms? Optional. Rare, even. But a flush system with more buttons than a ...
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Most Recent Posts

Fall in Love with Le Creuset

  Iconic, indestructible, intimidating? Since 1925, Le Creuset has set the standard for...Read more

Cast Iron Conundrum: Le Creuset or Lodge?

The answer to this question is YES! I actually suggest both of these brands. While they are both...Read more

Acid and Fat: The Yin and Yang of Cooking

Understanding how acids and fats affect the flavor and texture of our food can be an ace card in...Read more

The Power of Polenta

  Polenta is an ingredient that may sound exotic and unapproachable, but it is in fact, easy...Read more

Simply Delicious: Maiale al Latte (Milk-Braised Pork)

  The classic Italian dish of Maiale al latte (milk-braised pork) is one of my favorite...Read more

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