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Erica F

Erica F
Erica is a Class Assistant at The Chopping Block. A recent transplant from Los Angeles, where she ran a non-profit arts and music venue and cooked up a storm for all her guests, she now enjoys exploring Chicago’s many neighborhoods and incorporating her culinary finds into new recipes. A world traveler, Erica’s favorite way to get to know a new culture is through its food and her favorite thing about working at The Chopping Block is getting to share her love of exotic cuisine with her students.

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Why You Should Stop Frying Fried Rice

  I just moved to upstate New York a few weeks ago and have been spending more time scarfing bagels and sorting through boxes than whipping up meals in my new kitchen. The fact that I went from a ...

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Reach New Heights with France’s Most Famous Omelette

  I love eggs. I eat them on the daily in simple scrambles, fancy poaches and omelettes... lots and lots of omelettes. Eggs are such a basic pleasure that it’s a shame we limit them to breakfast here ...

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Holiday Helper: A Winter Twist on a Summertime Favorite

  If you’ve been drinking Aperol Spritzes all Summer like me, try this Cranberry Spritz, a Wintertime twist on a crowd favorite.

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Get Cracking with these 15 Minute Holiday Crackers

  I’m not going to lie, I love a good dip. For years I’ve been whipping up the classiest of condiments, the tastiest of toast toppers and the sexiest of spreads but I’ve got to admit, I’ve been ...

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What’s Your Favorite Black Food?

Black food is all the rage right now, from bread made with charcoal to inky cocktails. With Halloween right around the corner, I couldn’t resist stirring up something a little “darker” than my usual ...

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Too Many Tomatoes, Onions and Squash? Try a Tian

  Another Summer is coming to a close and, if you live in the Midwest like me, your garden is probably exploding with veggies. But by this time, you’ve eaten a dozen BLT’s, you’ve canned so many ...

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How I Spent a Six-Hour Lunch

There are business lunches, power lunches, liquid lunches and Ladies who Lunch, but none of them compare to the six-hour lunch I just had in Spain. El Celler De Can Roca, recently featured on the ...

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10 Tips for Summer Parties

Warm weather and perfect nights means it’s time to take your dinner party outside. Whether in the backyard, out on the deck or at the neighborhood park, a few simple tips will ensure an easy summer ...

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What’s Better Than Ice Cream?

Here in Chicago we’ve been waiting and waiting for Summer to come, and now it is finally upon us. The temperature is climbing, the beaches are open, the barbeques have begun and the ice cream trucks ...

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What's Jollof? Your New Favorite Rice Dish

I recently got back from a trip to Ghana with my mom and sister. We spent 10 days exploring the country from the capital of Accra, north to Kumasi for the Festival of the Golden Stool and out to the ...

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