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Julie W.

Julie W.
After working 9 years as a chef in Chicago, Julie has returned to The Chopping Block as a chef instructor and excited to teach all that she has learned. She loves gardening as much as possible and visiting farmers markets to find what she can't grow on a small patio. On her days off, you can find her trying to keep up on reading all the books and cookbooks she buys. Also hanging out with her cat, Frannie.

Recent Posts

Sourdough Starter Tips for Beginners

  If you are like me, you’ve never made a sourdough starter nor cared for one. The responsibility of having something else besides my cat to feed did not seem like something I wanted to take on. I’ve ...

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What Happens when you Instant Pot a Whole Chicken?

  I must admit, I was pretty averse to getting an Instant Pot. For me, it’s a pretty pricey investment for a fancy pressure cooker. I finally caved on a Black Friday deal on the larger 8-quart ...

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Too Many Herbs? Try These Tips

  I love using fresh herbs, but often find myself with leftovers I cannot use up before they go bad. A lot of stores are now selling them in plastic packages that come in one size only. Need one ...

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4 Ways to be More Sustainable for the Holidays

  The holidays are a great time for a little over indulgence with food and gifts, but with that, we create a lot of waste. With a little planning, you can reduce that amount of waste and make your ...

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Turn Up your Winter Squash Game

  It’s officially fall, which means it's time for one of my favorites: winter squash. In the hard-shelled squash family, there are often two that are very familiar: butternut squash and spaghetti ...

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Easy Homemade Tomato Paste

  I got a little ambitious at the farmer’s market the other week and bought a lot of end of season tomatoes at a great price. The week got away from me, and I found myself with a lot of the tomatoes ...

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Go Greener in your Kitchen by Ditching Plastic Bags

  This year I decided it was time to pay attention to how much plastic I was using and focus on ways to make cooking greener in my kitchen. Unfortunately, in the cooking industry we use lots of ...

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