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The Importance of Unplugging while Eating

We obviously eat food every single day of our lives. Our country's diabetes, obesity, and heart disease rates certainly don't lie about the types of food that we choose to eat, but I think we have ...

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Brunch for a Bunch: Brioche French Toast Casserole

  Who doesn't love brunch? It's a fun and relaxing way to savor the weekend with friends and family, especially when Bellini or Bloody Mary's are involved! It's an opportunity to slow things down and ...

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The Advantages of Charcoal Grilling: Part 1

If I had to choose one method of cooking to use for the rest of my life, I would choose cooking over an open fire without hesitation. A wood or charcoal fire is such an engaging cooking experience, ...

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Don't Knock Mushrooms until you've had them Cooked Properly

  I often hear from students in our cooking classes about the foods they say they don’t like. When I hear this, my next question is always “What don’t you like about it?” As a nutritional chef, I run ...

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What to Binge Watch (and Eat) While You’re Waiting for Summer

  You can tell by the way everyone’s walking around, holding their breath and hoping that maybe, just maybe, they can start thinking about where to stash their Patagonia until next winter rolls ...

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Gluten-Free Scones that are actually Delicious

  Delicious gluten-free scones? Can they exist? I often find it hard to describe gluten-free breads as delicious, but it's not for lack of trying. My mom has been gluten-free for years, and she ...

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Soufflé All Day

Spring has finally hit Chicago with a vengeance: flowers popping, showers washing away the last dregs of winter and warm breezy nights blowing in the promise of summer. The first signs of life are ...

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Everything You Need to Know about Alsace

  It's been over a year since I've done one of these quick wine region guides, and I've been debating what area I wanted to tackle next. Alsace has long been one of my favorite wine producing ...

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The 5 Most Important Things to Know about Knife Safety

  As you might guess, we sell a lot of knives and cutting boards at The Chopping Block. Over the almost 22 years of teaching Knife Skills classes (which is our most popular class), I’ve learned a few ...

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Protein Popsicles

  The average gym goer with a goal of fat loss would probably see some improvements to their physique if they added some protein into their diet and removed some carbs and fats. That's easier said ...

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