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Don't Toss those Carrot Tops

Easter is just around the corner, and glazed carrots are always part of my holiday dinner. This year, I'm growing carrots in my garden from seed, so I was lucky enough to have a good batch of small ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Rioja

One of the most frequent questions I'm asked while tasting wine to customers is which wine is my favorite. I don't know if I have a single favorite wine or style of wine, but I definitely have wines ...

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Time to Sharpen those Knife Skills

  Do you know how much you don’t know about knives? The answer, definitively, is that you don’t. But not to worry, you have plenty of time before prime vegetable season kicks in to enter into expert ...

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April in Paris

Last year, when I came back from my trip to Paris in May, I shared the art of making homemade croissants.  Recently, while planning my upcoming trip to Greece, I realized that I never properly paid ...

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Winter Squash Biscuits

I was recently in the mood to slow cook a spicy batch of chili on a cold Sunday afternoon. I wanted to cook and have the smell of savory food wafting through the house. Once the chili was in the ...

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Oh "Mahi" is this Fish Good

  Being raised in the heart of the Midwest, I'm certainly a meat and potatoes kind of guy. But I do love seafood when it is fresh and prepared well. I recently had the opportunity to work with some ...

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A Chef’s Tour of Lyon, France: Part 2

  Since my first blog post on Lyon last December, I’ve had a lot of questions on where to find the best kitchenware and the differences between American and French cookware stores.

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Insta-Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

  I finally succumbed to the pressure of the Instant Pot. I’d been curious about them for awhile but between my slow and steady Crock Pot  (See Taking Things Slow With Your Crock Pot) with reliable ...

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I’m Getting Hungary

  For the last few years, my husband and I have taken to international travel, particularly trekking across Europe, the Baltic, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, and (coming this fall) the Adriatic. ...

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We Won Big at the Oscars of Housewares Retailing

  Last Saturday night, The Chopping Block received an award that is the equivalent of winning an Oscar in the housewares retailing industry. It was the final step in a long journey of applications, ...

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