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David W.

David W.
David is returning to Chicago after a 30 year absence. He learned to cook in San Francisco restaurants, and owned and ran a restaurant in Iowa City for fifteen years. David loves cheese, Thai food and avocados, amongst other things. He loves to share his passion for food with students at The Chopping Block.

Recent Posts

Low and Slow BBQ Tofu

  We’re into August now, and while I haven’t grilled as much as I’d would have liked to this summer, I’ve taken the Weber around the block a few times. Of course, there’s grilling and then there’s ...

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Risotto is a Late Night Rescue

Risotto is not my first go-to dish in the summer. Steamy rich starches sound better on a frigid February night than a heat index July evening. However, arriving home after a late night working ...

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Grilled, Dairy-Free Hand Pies

  Late spring/early summer fruit is filling the farmers markets. I bought a bunch of rhubarb—the fruitiest vegetable, which I love dearly. And of course I bought strawberries, because they were there ...

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Warm Weather Dessert

  As spring awakens, I quit seeking out rich, warm, spicy treats and lean toward cool and clean. There’s nothing like an 88 degree day in May to make one reflect on their memories of the seasons, so ...

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Using Meat as a Seasoning Agent Part 2

A couple of months ago I presented this topic, which I feel passionately about, in a blog. If meat production is disproportionately impacting the environment, I consider it my responsibility to ...

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Minestrone for your Knife Skills Vegetable Bounty

  Every few weeks The Chopping Block hosts a Knife Skills class, which I quickly found to be incredibly valuable for any developing cook. Over the span of a two hour course, I witness twelve eager ...

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Using Meat as a Seasoning Agent

  When you live in a household of vegetarians, and you are a devout omnivore, there’s a certain degree of existential soul-searching that occurs. Asking “Why are we here?” garners many answers, but ...

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Tapioca Pudding is Ultimate Comfort

  We have a second fridge in the basement, which is convenient for shopping overflow, preparing for parties, and storing the ice cream maker bowl should the whim strikes. The truth is though, we’re ...

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Eggnog from Scratch

  Black Friday was developed to usher in that next important time of the year: Eggnog Season. In any given year, I may possibly have just one single glass during those five weeks until Christmas. But ...

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Three Easy Soups in Less than 15 Minutes

I’m generally not a fan of cold weather. It’s uncomfortable and managing the layers of clothing is a nuisance.  However, I have four decades of successfully coping with Midwest winter, and I’m not ...

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