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Matt

Matt
Matt has spent 18 years in the food service industry. As the oldest of four boys, he learned how to cook at an early age with the help of his father, who is also a chef and his mother who is a great home cook. These days he enjoys cooking dinner for his fiancée and teaching students at The Chopping Block.

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Time to Turn to Comfort Food Like Lasagna

  It seems that everything eventually comes full circle. All of the things I enjoyed as I child have gained popularity in the last five years or so. All of the toys I was so fond of when I was a kid ...

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You Don’t Have to Go to Nashville to Get this Hot Chicken

  As a chef I try to keep myself informed of the current food trends. Kombucha, oat milk, Japanese fusion and the plant-based “meat” movement are just a few of the things that have been blowing up ...

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There’s No Bone Broth In This Chicken Soup

  I am currently watching football, snow has recently fallen, and I am cuddled up on the couch with my fiancé. This is it. This is what I’ve been waiting for - soup weather! When it’s 60 degrees ...

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This Class is Going to Be Egg-cellent

  During the past year at The Chopping Block, I have taught a lot of cooking classes. One thing that I can always count on is students asking questions, which I love. And if I don’t know the answer, ...

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This isn't your Childhood Salisbury Steak

A lot of foods evoke a certain level of nostalgia in me. Dishes that you had as a kid that maybe your mom or your grandmother made can transport you back to that time and place with just a simple ...

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These Short Ribs are Long on Flavor

  If you have been reading any of The Chopping Blog's recent posts, you’ll have noticed that most of the chefs, myself included, are really getting into the type of food that is typical this time of ...

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Chilly Outside? Then Make Chili Inside

  Despite the fact that the weather has not actually cooled off very much yet, Autumn is here and so is the typical fare of that season. Thick, creamy soups, meaty, luxurious stews, and savory, ...

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This is Not Mom’s Meatloaf

  With Summer rapidly drawing to a close, I feel the call of some of my favorite cold-weather dishes beckoning me to cover the grill and come back to the oven. Slow-braised meat dishes, roasted root ...

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These Southwest Turkey Burgers are Full of Flavor

I find myself wanting a burger lots of times throughout the summer. In fact, pretty much every day. Winter, summer, really no matter what season it is, very few things in this world satisfy me like a ...

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Grilled Fish Tacos: A Twist on a Summer Classic

  The hot summer months here in Chicago always make me think of a few things: milkshakes at Susie’s, burgers on the patio at Paradise Pup, and mostly, tacos. To be more specific, fish tacos. Don’t ...

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