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The How-To on Honing Your Knife

                                                                 I would bet that at this very moment one of the most important kitchen tools is hiding in your house, shoved in the back of some ...
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Is Rinsing Rice Really Required?

  Even though it's a staple the world over, making a really good pot of rice is harder than it looks. There's a reason those boil-in-a-bag things took off, you know. Let's assume you don't have a ...
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The Real Essential Oils

With so many types of oils available, which one do you reach for when cooking? There is so much information out there, it can often be confusing. What makes an olive oil good? What is all the hype ...
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Cook with This, Not That

In a perfect world, we'd all have the time and energy to cook flavorful and healthy meals morning, noon, and night. Obviously this isn't always the case, and we find ourselves reaching for shortcuts ...
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A Recipe Collection for The Chopping Block’s 20th Anniversary

  Being an employee of The Chopping Block for 12 years has given me a great opportunity to teach our students and help them create some wonderful recipes from the numerous cooking classes we offer.  
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Introducing our First International Culinary Tour

The Chopping Block is excited to announce our first international culinary tour! Last year, our Sommelier Viktorija Todorovska moved to Nice. We miss her regular wine classes at our Chicago locations ...
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This Italian Family's Manicotti Recipe is No Longer a Secret

  Some say “Home is where the heart is.” For me, home is where the food is. There is nothing better than the smell and warmth of a homemade pot of Marinara Sauce on the stove and a bunch of cheese ...
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Hunting for Wild Asparagus

I grew up hunting for wild asparagus with my mom. We also foraged for other foods, especially morel mushrooms, but we always foraged for those as a family. The hunt for wild asparagus for some reason ...
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Weekend Woes: Avoiding the Brunch Barrage

Chicago is a brunch city. There’s no doubt about that. On any given Saturday or Sunday morning, you’ll find yourself facing a one to three hour wait at the majority of establishments. The wait is ...
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Cheers to 20 Years at The Chopping Block

  It was April 4, 1997. Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down by Puff Daddy featuring Mase was the Billboard top song, the Cubs lost (5-4) to the Braves while playing the first game ever played at Turner Field ...
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