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Kofta Kebabs with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

  Growing up in a typical Midwest family, we didn’t really venture into much ethnic cooking other than spaghetti and tacos. And I really wouldn’t call those two foods all that ethnic the way we ...

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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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Where There is Smoke There is Fire

Summer and grilling just go together. How about this summer, you step up your grilling game and add some smoke to the mix? By lowering the temperature of the grill and adding some wood chunks to any ...

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Summertime is Pizza on the Grill with Beer Time

  My wife informed me that we would be having company for dinner last Sunday and that our guests would expect me to cook something delicious. I agree that's a fair expectation, but the situation put ...

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Spice Up Your Summer with Wine

Thanks to The Chopping Block's guests and team members for welcoming me as one of your new Sommeliers! Folks ask me all the time, “What does a Sommelier do: sit around and taste delicious wine all ...

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Easy Summertime Coal-Fired Pizza

  Summertime means grilled foods, sunshine, beaches, and pizza? Yes, pizza on a grill is something you may not think of doing, but you should!

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Quick, Easy, Healthy, Weeknight Grilling Fare

Do you wait until the weekend to fire up the grill? Why wait when you don't have to? Grilling outdoors can be a quick and easy task any day of the week.  

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Ready for Grilling Action: Keep It Clean

Grilling season has finally arrived! Chicago winters seem to last forever, but that only makes the grilling season that much more special. Cleaning your grill isn’t quite as exciting as firing it up ...

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Skip Store-Bought and Make Your Own BBQ Sauce

  It's BBQ season, and I love BBQ. Last year, my husband configured our modest kettle girl into an offset smoker that successfully smoked ribs, pork shoulders, turkeys and even a 14-hour passion ...

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Chestnuts on an Open Fire

My father and I installed a fireplace in my home last weekend. For some of you, this may sound like quite the undertaking. For anyone who knows me, this is no surprise that on a whim I would start ...

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