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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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Easy Farmers Cheese

  Making farmers cheese is a really cool first recipe to try your hand at cheese making. It's incredibly versatile as you can add in anything you have on hand to doctor it up. Stir in some herbs, ...

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The Best Low Calorie Granola

I think it was in the early 80’s that I was introduced to GORP.  One of my teammates had it on a bus to a field hockey game. It had peanuts, raisins and M&M’s and it was delicious. It was deemed the ...

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Get to Grilling

With summer in full swing, grills are fired up and adult beverages are flowing during all of the weekend cookouts that go on during this time of year. Grilling is by far my favorite way to prepare ...

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Science Says Drink 8 Cups of Water(Melon) a Day, Right?

  I’ve been in full-on summer mode for weeks now and between boozy popsicles, frozés and too many barbecues, I’m feeling a little parched. That’s why I was delighted to find that I could have my ...

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