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Andrea has been with The Chopping Block since 2002 in every role from Chef Assistant to General Manager to Private Event Coordinator and now Marketing Manager. Her journalism background and culinary school education from Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago give her the know-how to spread the word about The Chopping Block's mission to get people to cook. She'll never shy away from a music festival, hot yoga class, beach read, dinner out with friends or a good glass of Pinot Noir, especially when cuddling on the couch with her terrier-mix, Bosworth.
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Sweet and Savory Delight: How to Make Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

When you take one of The Chopping Block's culinary vacations with Onward Travel, you will be part of a small group of travelers who all enjoy food and wine. Each group is different, of course, but ...

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Douse your Food with Dukkah

I was first introduced to Dukkah when I received a copy of Instantly Mediterranean by Emily Paster in advance of a virtual Instant Pot class (remember those days?!) we did together two years ago. For ...

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You Can Cook Delicious Meals for One

Sometimes we get requests for classes that are a little too niche for our general audience at The Chopping Block. So, when my team discussed a recent request for a “cooking for one” class, I ...

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Return to Basque Country for a Culinary Immersion

Nestled within the captivating landscapes of northern Spain and southwestern France lies the Basque Country, a culinary haven that beckons travelers from far and wide. Amid the rugged beauty of the ...

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Baked Potatoes: A Clean Slate for a Healthy Meal

Potatoes have gotten less love lately as we have gone crazy swapping carbs for cauliflower. I'm guilty of it too, but have you tasted my Buddha bowl with cauliflower rice? You won't miss the carbs! ...

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Go on a Culinary Journey for Pasta Perfection

When traveling to Italy, there is usually a list of foods people must eat while they are in the country known for its carbs: pasta, pizza, focaccia, and biscotti to name just a few. But rarely do ...

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A Gift of Culinary Boot Camp Benefits Everyone

We always say that attending Culinary Boot Camp changes how you cook for life. Not only do students learn new skills, they are also exposed to new techniques and ingredients, but most importantly, ...

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There's More than Just Cooking in Chianti

One thing you may not realize about The Chopping Block's Cook Like a Tuscan tour is that it is just as much focused on the wine of Tuscany as the regional cuisine. Whether you already know the ...

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Carne with an 8th Generation Butcher in Panzano

When I decided to go on The Chopping Block's Cook Like a Tuscan tour this year, one of the most anticipated moments for me was a visit to Dario Cecchini's butcher shop and restaurant in Panzano in ...

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Savory Stuffed Pumpkins for All of Fall

I struggle with Halloween party food. I know it’s supposed to be a time to embrace the tacky (as Executive Chef/Owner Lisa Counts likes to remind me), but as I scoured Pinterest looking for something ...

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