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This Class is Going to Be Egg-cellent

  During the past year at The Chopping Block, I have taught a lot of cooking classes. One thing that I can always count on is students asking questions, which I love. And if I don’t know the answer, ...

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Get Pasture Raised Eggs and Make Shakshuka

  During farmers market season, it's easy to shop at local markets for the freshest produce, meat and dairy available. It becomes a little more difficult to support your local farmer during the off ...

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New Ideas for Breakfast

It is 7am as I write this. I woke up this morning as I usually do, ready for a cup of coffee but not breakfast. In fact, I rarely wake up ready for breakfast. I’m pretty sure some of that might be ...

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Pinot Blanc, an Eggs-ellent Wine for Breakfast (and Brunch, Lunch and Dinner)

  Between Winter’s silvery chill and Summer’s golden heat is the mellow yellow, shimmering warmth of Spring sunshine.  Between the minerally leanness of Alpine Pinot Grigio and lush California ...

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Brunch Chilaquiles

Brunch is one of my favorite meals to host. It’s always more laid back, no one seems to be in a hurry and truth  be told, I like how inexpensive it can be.

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5 Things Everyone Should Know How to Cook

  I'm not a chef. I've only worked one job in a kitchen... well, it was more of a garage, and all I did was chop fruit and vegetables for a salad bar. When I started at The Chopping Block I could ...

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Great Eggspectations: Making Scotch Eggs from Scratch

As a recent arrival from the good old United Kingdom (Wales to be precise), there are many things I love about Chicago, and a few that I miss about home (pubs, hills and valleys, and the Metric ...

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Food Comics: Deviled Eggs

    We are pleased to introduce Food Comics from The Chopping Block where our resident Cartoonist Tom O'Brien illustrates his cooking adventures. Here, he shows us how to turn those leftover Easter ...

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Say “¡Sí!” to Chips and Salsa for Breakfast

  Getting your family fed in the morning before everyone rushes off to school and work is a very challenging task. You want breakfast to be filling, nutritious, and easy to prepare… all without ...

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Miracle Cure For Bland Food

A few months back, I had purchased some fresh black truffles for a dinner party I catered, and I had a small piece of truffle leftover.  I, of course, was not going to let that truffle go to waste ...

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