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Why Dinner Parties Rule

  Modern times seem to call for people always wanting to host a cocktail party. I get it: the vision of martini glasses clinking, and platters of all shapes and sizes holding perfectly manicured ...

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Breakfast Baked Potatoes

I love everything about the holidays, especially cooking for a crowd. Even though I mostly cook for myself on a regular basis, I cook as if I have a family of six! Good thing I love leftovers.

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Chill at The Chopping Block

  You probably know The Chopping Block best for our cooking classes and private events. However, many times throughout the year, we also take our culinary skills on the road for events hosted outside ...

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It's Dungeness Crab Season

Some of the things I miss most about living in the Bay Area are Dungeness Crab season, “Karl” the Fog and the salty air. Recreational crab season in the Bay Area starts in early November and can ...

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5 Step Survival Guide for a Homecooked Thanksgiving

Nothing tests your culinary and kitchen management skills like hosting Thanksgiving dinner at home. For Americans, it is arguably the most important meal of the year and certainly has the potential ...

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The Instant Pot is made for Indian Food

  Anyone who knows me knows I'm kind of obsessed with my Instant Pot. There are a few foods that I will never make outside of the Instant Pot again such as hard-boiled eggs, pulled pork, lentils and ...

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6 Things You Didn’t Know About Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner

Arguably the most important meal you’ll eat this year is rapidly approaching. Turkey Day. The Gobble Feast. Thanksgiving. Every year, Thanksgiving becomes a friendlier holiday to me, especially when ...

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How to Make Fresh Cranberry Juice

  My friend and colleague Liz Songer recently brought me the most beautiful gift of two giant bags of fresh cranberries from her annual trip to Hayward, Wisconsin. She usually takes her trip to ...

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Popovers: A Fun and Delicious Alternative to Rolls

  I just found out that we are hosting Thanksgiving this year, and while that can be a bit daunting, my husband Mike and I are excited for the challenge. I say challenge because our condo is quite ...

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All Hands on Pie

Pie season is upon us and several months of sweets encased in flaky butter dough lie ahead. But for me, a general hater of pies (except pumpkin, banana cream and The Chopping Block's famous Apple ...

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