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Perfect Oatmeal

  It seems to me that most people kind of like oatmeal but don’t really love oatmeal. Most people may eat it because it is fast, cheap and healthy. Those might be the three big reasons to love ...
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Talking Tequila

While last week may have brought us the official “National Tequila Day”, if you’re like me, everyday - er, I mean, every other weekend in a responsible, adult manner -  is national tequila day. Those ...
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Wine Appellation Spotlight: Bordeaux

A few nights ago, I was talking with a very knowledgeable couple about wine when they asked me, “What is Bordeaux?” Their question caught me off guard. I took it for granted that if they could have a ...
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Truffle Honey and Truffle Salt: Two of our Favorite Foods

  If you've ever stepped through the doors of The Chopping Block, you've probably sampled our famous popcorn and other fresh delicious treats featuring Truffled Salt. We sure do love this stuff ...
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Passport to Italy

Italy is one of those places you can’t help but love. You’re guaranteed a good meal nearly anywhere, anytime, in every region. My love of Italy started on a trip during middle school, so I knew when ...
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It's Grilled Zucchini Season

  When we were in Italy last fall, I fell in love with these wonderful little rolled zucchini bites that Rosella, our Agriturismo host, whipped up. I remember asking her what kind of cheese was in ...
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We're Screaming about our New Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

There's no better time for ice cream than summer. At The Chopping Block, we teach you how to make it yourself in our Homemade Ice Cream cooking class, and we always have suggestions for new, unusual ...
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A Recipe to Convert Brussels Sprouts Haters

You either love it or you hate it. That’s how it goes with some foods. One such vegetable that most people tend to skew heavily one way or the other on are Brussels sprouts. As I teach the young ...
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Food Comics: Rainbow Salad

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 make a salad that is designed ...
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Two Chefs are Better than One

  Even after cooking all day at work, I come home still eager to make a meal. I love to cook, but even the most enthusiastic chef has days where they would rather relax and have someone else take ...
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