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Graham

Graham

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Hot Weather Cooldown

It's very hot and very humid as I write this, my last blog for The Chopping Block. I'll be moving to the greener pastures of North Carolina at the end of June.

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Summer: Shaken, not Stirred

While many would rightly argue that cocktails are good everytime of year, I really get in the mood during summer. There’s something really lovely about those shaken and stirred blasts of ice that ...

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Baking with Beer

This past weekend we hosted a party with a Chicago-based beer company. We used some of their brews in some of our favorite recipes, and the results were fantastic. One of the recipes we brought out ...

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Deep Dish on Pizza

The Chopping Block recently hosted a birthday party for a great group of eleven-year-olds and their parents, where we made pizza, quesadillas and cupcakes. We covered a fair amount, but I was struck ...

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Run for the Roses

The Kentucky Derby is a week from Saturday, and while some folks will be carefully checking past performances and pedigree records, most really look forward to the derby for the party. So, here are ...

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Food + Drink = Great Combo

Last week, we held a class called "Food & Wine of Argentina". We try to focus on a different region each month. Up next, we’ll feature the fantastic wine and cuisine of Australia. It got me thinking ...

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Final Four of Food

The Final Four was decided this weekend. It got me wondering what dishes best serve as a mascot for the four schools represented. Who would be the winner of our food bracket?

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The Best Burger?

The editors at Food and Wine have picked the best burgers in the country. Chicago is being represented by Custom House and Duchamp’s burgers, which I’m sure are fantastic, however, I kind of feel ...

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What's the Deal with Red Velvet

Step in to one of the many, many cupcake bakeries, boutiques, and various cake retailers and purveyors that have cropped up over the past couple of years and odds are, you’ll see quite a bit of red ...

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Snow Day or Game Day Food

While everyone is out either stocking up for the big blizzard or the big game, I thought I’d offer a couple of recipes to either add to your Super Bowl® party or get you through the blizzard.

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