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Stuffed Cabbage Soup

  It’s officially Fall, y’all! I am welcoming Fall with open arms – and soup. I absolutely love soups and stews. We enjoy many different soups all throughout these cooler seasons. Our favorites are ...

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Red Cabbage and Green Apple Slaw

  If you are familiar with Lincoln Square, you've probably heard about or even attended the annual Apple Fest in October. The Chopping Block is famous for our Apple Pie, and we bake a lot of them for ...

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Homemade Sauerkraut in Just Two Weeks

  If you've read any of my other posts before, you know I love quick, cheap, easy recipes that aren't really recipes at all. I like the freedom of knowing the rules and ratios so I know where I can ...

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Kale Gets Its Say

While lunching at a restaurant last week, I noticed of the three salads on offer, one was made with raw kale. I heard the customer in front of me ask about the kale salad. More specifically, she ...

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Cooking to Clean Out the Fridge

Every couple of weeks, my wife and I make one of our favorite meals. It’s called clean out the fridge. We like to think of it as our own little Iron Chef challenge. Over the years we have had some ...

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How to Make Fresh Spring Rolls

Every time I make fresh spring rolls I think, “Why don’t I make these more often?” I love everything about a spring roll – the texture of the thin rice wrapper, the freshness and crunch of the ...

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Why Isn't Everyone Excited about my Vegetarian Diet?

I had a friend from Boston visit this past weekend, and I set out to show her what it's like to live in Chicago. A true New Englander, she arrived wearing the classic LL Bean boots, commented ...

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Eating Falafel in the Marais

One of the most amazing experiences in walking through the neighborhoods of Paris is wandering through the Marais on a Sunday afternoon. Historically, the Marais is the ancient Jewish section of ...

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Ode to the Belly

I have spent the better part of the last year talking about my weight loss successes and have provided you many ideas for getting on the healthy horse. But from time to time, we have to sit back and ...

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A Feast for the Senses

A few weeks ago I experienced my first Polish smorgasbord with my family. My husband’s side is Polish and over the years I have had a nice introduction to the usual suspects. They include pierogi, ...

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