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The Chefs Who Have Cooked in our Mart Kitchens

I've been working for The Chopping Block for 20 of our 25 years in business. I've worked in each of our three locations in Chicago: Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square and the Merchandise Mart and for the ...

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Woman of Black Excellence Writes Cookbook During Pandemic

  In honor of Black History Month, when it comes to the world of food, we take the time to recognize those who made a mark in history ranging from inventors to chefs to restauranteurs to grocers. ...

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Want to Live to be 100? Cook the Right Foods

  If you’re like me, your cookbooks are getting a workout during these stay-at-home days. I find it’s easier to keep busy and refrain from wallowing when engaged in physical tasks. Of course cooking ...

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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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A Slice of Pie Goes a Long Way

The fall weather has finally hit Chicago and I don’t know about you, but I cheated and grabbed my first bit of pumpkin spice September 1st. And I fully admit it, it was a latte. At this point it’s ...

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The Kefir Cookbook's Story

I was ten years old when I tasted Kefir for the very first time. My parents and I had immigrated to America as refugees from the former Soviet Union nine years earlier, in 1976, when I was just a ...

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The Joys of Jewish Preserving

  Crunchy kosher dills. Hamantaschen filled with prune levkar. Date honey and pomegranate molasses. Foods like these demonstrate how preserving has played an important role in Jewish cuisine, both ...

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