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Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes

Today is Christmas Eve and one of my family’s favorite meals of the year. If you read my blogs, you will know that no event happens without some sort of feast, and Christmas Eve is certainly no ...

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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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Rolling Sushi: Where to Buy Ingredients in Chicago

Chicago is a good place to find quality sushi bars and restaurants. I really enjoy going out for a fantastic sushi meal, but only on occasion since it can be quite pricey. Last week, I got really ...

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When You're 90

When you are 90 years old, you can have any type of birthday party you want. That’s what my Grandmom did on July 6th. I took a quick weekend trip to Alabama to celebrate this milestone birthday with ...

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Good Things Come In Packages

No, I’m not talking about your favorite bag of chips or type of candy, I’m talking about the joy of food that is bundled, swaddled, wrapped or enclosed in some way. I think there’s something very ...

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On the Healthy Track

It's time to move on to my next big endeavor in life! I am leaving my Sous Chef position with The Chopping Block to pursue a path along the healthy track. I want to take this opportunity to thank all ...

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April in Paris

White Asparagus & Sausage at the Market

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The Ole’ Sockeye Salt-Bath

Preservation is not a term solely used in the craft of cookery, but more importantly it doubles as a moniker that is associated with the mastery and art of remaining a long term participant in this ...

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La Grande Vie

I have been doing a little moonlighting lately. On the side during the weekends, I have been cooking at a little place called La Grande Vie, 215 E. Chestnut. The past two months have been quite an ...

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Valentine’s Day Gift

It’s the thought that counts. This Valentine’s Day go above and beyond the typical gift ideas and do something that will last a lifetime. Instead of making 9:30pm dinner reservations at some one-word ...

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