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Food Comics: Veggie Hash and Fried Eggs

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 delicious breakfast when ...

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Vegetable Tempura: A Fun Way to Eat Your Veggies

  I’m always looking for new and delicious veggie recipes for my kids to enjoy. It’s not hard getting my 13-year-old daughter to eat a variety of vegetables, but it’s a whole different story with my ...

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A Chef's Tricks of the Trade

  One of the most frequent questions students ask is “What are the most common mistakes home cooks make?”  It's one of my favorite questions because I believe if you can resolve just two problems, ...

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Dressed Up Grits

  I am a big fan of grits. Growing up, my dad would make them at least a couple of times a week with bacon and eggs. Today, I keep them in the pantry at all times as an easy and versatile ingredient ...

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What does a Southerner Cook in the Summer?

  I am ready for my first “Summertime Chi” as a Chicago resident, and the persistant cold weather is finally gone. However, we can still expect some cool nights so in anticipation of those with the ...

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You Don't Have to Be a Frequent Flyer to Explore Global Cuisine

Last week, when I landed at O’Hare and de-planed from a direct flight from Dublin, Ireland, it occured to me that I would never be able to summarize my week-long trip in a short enough amount of time ...

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How to Cook with Pancetta

  Now that you know how to make pancetta, I wanted to provide a few tips on cooking with it and recipes that highlight those techniques. Although pancetta is edible in the same way bacon is, its high ...

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Greece: A Spectacular Culinary Adventure

  Two weeks ago, I was packing my bags for my big trip of the year – last year was Paris, Rome, and Florence – this year was Greece. I was looking forward to new sights, experiences, good weather, ...

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Make Reusable Beeswax Cloths for your Kitchen

  In the seemingly never-ending pursuit of using less waste, keeping a green, less plastic kitchen, I found myself looking for alternatives to wrap my leftover produce, etc. I fell in love with some ...

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Le Creuset Mini-Cocotte Recipe: Gruyere Mac & Cheese with Crispy Bacon

  Last September, I wrote about the colorful round mini-cocottes from Le Creuset that we carry at The Chopping Block. Like ramekins, mini-cocottes are perfect for cooking individual portions, but you ...

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