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New Wines and Wine Classes are Here

  We’re ready for Summer at The Chopping Block with new wines and new wine classes. Here are a few favorites coming right up!

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Grilled, Dairy-Free Hand Pies

  Late spring/early summer fruit is filling the farmers markets. I bought a bunch of rhubarb—the fruitiest vegetable, which I love dearly. And of course I bought strawberries, because they were there ...

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Perfectly Peel-able Eggs

  I always feel like the need for peeled hard-boiled eggs seems to grow exponentially with the onset of Summer! My personal favorite ways to use them include sliced hard-boiled eggs in my picnic ...

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The History of the Truffle

  Before understanding the high desire of the truffle, one must understand the history of the truffle and where it began its journey. A truffle is a fungal fruiting body that develops underground. ...

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Crabby Mood

  For those who love shellfish, I've got the scoop for you. Let’s talk about all you need to know when buying shellfish. I’m sure like me, when you first thought about cooking shellfish you have no ...

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Griddle Me This

If I have said it once, I have said it a million times, I love outdoor cooking! My newest outdoor cooking apparatus that I have added to my collection is my flat top griddle. What is a flat top ...

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Boldly Nutritious: Harissa-Roasted Potatoes & Chickpeas

  You know that one friend who inspires you to reinvigorate your wardrobe? They make a colorful, printed head-to-toe pantsuit seem chic, but effortless enough for everyday life? They can wear an ...

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Grilling Season is Here and We Have the Meats

  The National Restaurant Show just wrapped up last week in Chicago. This great show has been hosted by our city for 100 years, and in 2019, we celebrated the 100-year anniversary spectacularly! This ...

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Black Bean Dip for a Healthy Choice at Cookouts

  In January of this year, I declared it the year I was going to get in shape and lose weight. For those of you who don’t know, I lost 70 pounds in 1999-2000 and maintained that weight loss for years.

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A Lemony, Sweet and Salty North Carolina Treat: To Tweak Or Not To Tweak

  A couple of years ago, while watching an episode of Cook's Country on PBS, I discovered the North Carolina Lemon Pie. It immediately got my attention because the crust was made entirely out of ...

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