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Kate S

Kate S
Kate is the General Manager of The Chopping Block at the Merchandise Mart. Originally from the East Coast, she moved to Chicago 8 years ago and loves the strong food culture of the city. She loves entertaining for friends, trying new restaurants, and cooking (of course). Her friends know not to eat until she's snapped a picture of any dish! She credits her mom and grandmothers for getting her interested in cooking at an early age. Her most utilized tool in the kitchen is the recipe book her late grandmother left her. Kate also enjoys traveling and is on a mission to visit each baseball stadium in America, but even then she's really there to sample the local food!

Recent Posts

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes for Easter Breakfast

First, I was called the quick-bread queen for all my blogs related to the subject, but these days, pancake princess seems more fitting. Last month, I shared my copy cat recipe for the Original House ...

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Baked Apple Pancake

  While the current state of the world, given the COVID-19 situation, is uncertain and concerning, I’ve tried to make the most of my time practicing social distancing. I’ve found joy in the simple ...

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Apple Whiskey Bread

  If you’ve been in either of our stores in the colder months, October to March, you know that we love Journeyman’s Old Country Goodness (OCG). It’s an apple whiskey liqueur that's made with local ...

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Banana Coconut Upside-Down Cake

My obsession with upside down cakes hasn’t ceased, nor has my conviction that my mom makes the best banana bread on the planet. After travelling last month to the Southern Caribbean islands of Aruba, ...

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Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is nothing better than a chocolate chip cookie, and everyone always thinks they make the best one.  At The Chopping Block, we had so many employees sure that they made the best chocolate chip ...

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Pumpkin Date Nut Bread

  Pumpkin season is in full swing for me. While I’ll admit that I like to indulge in the occasional pumpkin spice latte, I generally find that pumpkin is underappreciated and underutilized.

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Apple-Bacon-Caramel Croissant Bread Pudding

  It’s not fall in my mind until Apple Fest happens in Lincoln Square. This year we baked over 800 of our famous Apple Pies, and we had Lincoln Avenue smelling amazing for the better part of a week. ...

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Savor Summer with Peach Basil Bread

  Like a lot of you, I’m really trying to hold on to those last few days of summer. I’m still enjoying the harvest from the garden on my deck, eating outside whenever I have the opportunity and going ...

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The Art of Marinated Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Every year, I look forward to the warm weather beckoning me to start my annual garden. Don’t get too excited. I don’t have a sprawling backyard, or any backyard for that matter – this garden is a ...

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This Salad is Just Peachy

  One of the things I love most about summer is grilling. While I do love to grill the usual suspects like chicken, steak, veggies, etc., fruit is actually my favorite food to grill. I enjoy grilling ...

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