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Terroir: What is Going into your Wine?

  Imagine a grape. Seriously. Do it. We all know what a grape looks like, just picture one hanging on the vine. Now, tell me about it. Is the skin dark or light? How ripe is it? Is the vine row on a ...

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Homemade Bao for a Dim Sum Win

  I love the idea of sharing small plates when it coming to dining because it allows for such great variety to be enjoyed. I also think small plates always seem to make the meal more fun! I feel like ...

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Take a Trip on the Wild Side

  A little over a year ago, I assisted in putting together a Guide to Campfire Cooking with The Chopping Block. That was shortly after my last trip into the wilderness. This week, I am very thrilled ...

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Mama Mia! Learn How to Make Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

  My Italian immigrant grandfather had the most amazing vegetable garden – there was even a fig tree and concord grape vine! My sister and I were just talking about how there are so many “taste ...

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Improve your Digestion with (Dairy-free) Yogurt

  If you have experienced any kind of digestive upset or issues, chances are, your doctor has recommended that you take a probiotic pill or eat more probiotic-rich foods. Probiotics are living ...

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Food Comics: Smoked Brisket

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 smoke a brisket on a grill. ...

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Meal Planning 101

  Let me start out by saying that I LOVE to meal plan. Like a lot. My late husband never understood it. We’d be sipping coffee on Sunday mornings and I’d ask “How about pork chops for Thursday ...

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Intelligent Imbibing: How to Drink with Weight Loss in Mind

Managing alcohol intake with a fat loss goal is often looked at as an all or nothing decision, but it doesn't have to be. At the end of the day, all that needs to occur for fat loss to happen is to ...

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How to Talk to a Sommelier

Congratulations Chicagolanders! In May, our town was named “Best Restaurant City” in America by Conde-Nast Traveler.  Now, hot off the presses, Chicago is ranked “Restaurant City of the Year” by Bon ...

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Vegan Gnocchi: Potato Pillows of Goodness

There seems to be this unwritten phenomenon among The Chopping Block's employees, where after our Know Your Gnocchi class, someone who worked the class is inspired to go home and make gnocchi from ...

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