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Instant Pot Ribs for Barbecue in a Hurry

My summer project is to learn how to smoke meats, poultry and seafood on a charcoal and wood smoker. So far, I've successfully smoked spatchcocked chicken, baby back ribs, Ahi tuna and salmon. Pork ...

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Was that the Wedding Bell or the Dinner Bell?

At this point, it feels like I’ve been planning my wedding forever. After postponing three times due to the pandemic, it’s finally happening this August! A few weeks ago, my mom hosted an incredible ...

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The Misunderstood Chili Pepper: More Than Just Heat

  Whether it’s watching tears being shed during a Hot Ones video or desperately fanning your mouth yourself, we all have what I like to call “spice memories.” Most of mine happen to take place on the ...

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How to Preserve and Harvest your own Grape Leaves

  My dear friend Kathleen introduced me to stuffed grape leaves or Dolmas. She was a consummate entertainer; she really knew how to throw a fun party. She was an equally great cook; her food was ...

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The Lowdown on Lobster

  I am going to let you all in on a little secret which may probably shock you: I don’t love lobster like most folks. This may be an unpopular opinion, but that is where I stand! Lobster has always ...

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Farmers Market Fritters

Show of hands: how many of you go to the first few farmers markets of the summer and buy all the things, only to get home and wonder, now what do I do with all this vegetable bounty?! 🙋🏻‍♀️

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We're Ready to Cook Like a Tuscan Again

After wonderful Cook Like a Tuscan tours in 2018 and 2019, and then a hiatus in 2020, we are delighted to be offering two culinary adventures in Tuscany this fall. Led by The Chopping Block’s former ...

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Switch Up Flag Cake for Brownie Fruit Pizza this Fourth of July

For as long as I can remember, I’ve made a flag cake every Fourth of July, and it’s become an integral part of my summer holiday tradition. I often spent the Fourth of July on a Sebec Lake in Maine ...

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Wood Fired Berry Crisp with Amaretti Streusel

Grilling season is one of my favorite parts about summer at The Chopping Block. Who wouldn’t want to have a chef make delicious food for you in one of our outdoor grilling demonstration-style ...

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Homemade Strawberry Popsicles

  So many of my blogs are created by the ingredients I happen to have on hand. I’m a sucker for a good deal, so if I see something yummy at the grocery store that’s on sale, it’s going in my cart. I ...

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