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All About Asparagus

  Spring has arrived and with it comes one of my favorite vegetables: asparagus! While asparagus is luckily usually found year-round in grocery stores, like most produce, it has a peak season. You ...

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Spring Asparagus in a Rainbow of Colors

Asparagus is in season now, even though it's pretty much available all year long, especially the green variety. But the best time to eat asparagus is between late February and June. You'll see it ...

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Killer Kebabs on a Homemade Hibachi

  When I moved to Chicago last summer, I found myself for the first time in my life with a lovely big back porch. I quickly developed an insatiable urge to grill meats, but had no grill to grill them ...

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Five-Ingredient Asparagus Bisque

  Now that spring has officially (and finally!) sprung, it's time to start cooking with the season and celebrating the arrival of warmer days.  There's a lot of spring produce coming on to the scene ...

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‘Tis the Season: Cooking in Sync with the Weather

  Someday, it will warm up. Someday, it will stop snowing. It has to, right? Right? Though the foreseeable forecast still casts a pall on my dreams of summer, I’m trying to look at the positives: ...

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A Recipe Collection for The Chopping Block’s 20th Anniversary

  Being an employee of The Chopping Block for 12 years has given me a great opportunity to teach our students and help them create some wonderful recipes from the numerous cooking classes we offer.  

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Hunting for Wild Asparagus

I grew up hunting for wild asparagus with my mom. We also foraged for other foods, especially morel mushrooms, but we always foraged for those as a family. The hunt for wild asparagus for some reason ...

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It's White Asparagus Season

I noticed some really good quality white asparagus while visiting Whole Foods the other day. It made me think about how abundant this vegetable is in this country compared to ten years ago. 

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