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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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Get Must-Have Kitchen Tools During our Sale at the Mart

    It's almost spring in Chicago, and for me personally, that means spring cleaning, organizing closets and sorting through my kitchen. I'm sure you can relate. Right now, I am looking at my spice ...

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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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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat in Healthy Cooking

  I recently watched the Netflix series “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.” In four episodes, chef and food writer Samin Nosrat travels the world to explore the basic elements of flavor and how they are used in ...

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Why Wisconsin Goat Cheese is an Underrated Ingredient

  Winter’s bitter chill practically begs for a melted-cheese dish, am I right? Defaults tend to be grilled-cheese sandwiches and pots of mac ‘n cheese—mostly because they are easy to whip up—but, ...

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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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Rosle in the Kitchen

  Students often ask about my favorite kitchen utensils and the best brands to purchase. I believe purchasing the right tools is a good investment and in regards to the brand, it all comes down to ...

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A Chef's Moving Checklist

So, as the saying goes, life happens while you’re making other plans. I was all set to write a follow up to my blog The Only Four Knives You Need in Your Kitchen. And then life happened, and we moved ...

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Korean Flavors are a Hot Summer Trend

  You may have noticed an abundance of kimchi on menus lately. Korean flavors have been named one of the hottest summer food trends of 2018. We are lucky that we have one of the great experts in this ...

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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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