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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.

Recent Posts

Going Green with Fried Green Tomatoes

I’ve been enjoying the fruits of my garden all summer long--cucumbers, zucchini, hot peppers and so many cherry tomatoes but the one thing that I wait for all summer--my great, big, juicy heirloom ...

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Science Says Drink 8 Cups of Water(Melon) a Day, Right?

I’ve been in full-on summer mode for weeks now and between boozy popsicles, frozés and too many barbecues, I’m feeling a little parched. That’s why I was delighted to find that I could have my ...

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Summer’s Not Just For Kids Anymore with These Boozy Popsicles

Hot days, cold pools, ice cream trucks and adult beverages--combine all of the delights of summer into one with these icy cold fruit, herb and liquor-filled treats! The recipes are simple, the ...

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French Crullers and the Art of Easy Deliciousness

My favorite dough, the pâte à choux, is back in another starring role. There’s nothing you can’t do with this versatile dough - from sweet Eclairs and Profiteroles, to Parisian Gnocchi and a favorite ...

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“Andiamo Per Bacari” with Italian Cicchetti

Ah, Venezia! It’s quiet, cobbled streets hide a secret world of ancient beauty, romance and divine eats! Even as a repeat visitor, I’m constantly lost in its back alleys of mouldering palaces and ...

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A Quiz for your Knife Skills

Can you name each of these knives?

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Let the Good Times Roll at Mardi Gras Madness

Mardi Gras is right around the corner making me long for the the scents and tastes of New Orleans. It is truly one of my favorite cities on earth with its unmatched charm, romantic beauty and wildly ...

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Fall in Love with Le Creuset

Iconic, indestructible, intimidating? Since 1925, Le Creuset has set the standard for homemade haute cuisine.

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A Spectacular Holiday Dessert: Buche de Noel

Since my Thanksgiving Cornucopia was so much fun, I decided to tackle another favorite recipe from my childhood - the Buche de Noel or Yule Log. Between wrapping presents, hosting a holiday party or ...

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A Holiday Horn Of Plenty: The Cornucopia

The cornucopia, a symbol of abundance and nourishment used to grace many a Thanksgiving table but seems to have fallen on hard times these days. Be it made of bread, woven wicker or something a ...

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