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Welcome Braising Season with Roulade and Dumplings

  Time is flying by this year, and we are already planning our holiday offerings, both virtually and in-person at Lincoln Square. We are also continuing to offer outdoor grilling classes, and we've ...

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Desserts on the Grill: Have you Tried Grilling Fruit?

As you probably already know if you receive our handy newsletter, we are now offering in-person classes at our Lincoln Square location as well as cooking boot camps, with subjects ranging from ...

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Drinking Beer From the Oldest Brewery in the World (Maybe)

  I've noticed several trends in how chefs pair wine for our classes, but the one that makes me laugh the most is when they choose beer. I find this funny because there's always a small amount of ...

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Understanding German Wine

  I love German wines. It's bad, really bad. If this was high school I'd be scribbling, “Justin loves Riesling,” in the margins of all my notebooks and have a picture of the Mosel valley taped to the ...

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Everything You Need to Know about Alsace

  It's been over a year since I've done one of these quick wine region guides, and I've been debating what area I wanted to tackle next. Alsace has long been one of my favorite wine producing ...

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Street Food Delights from Germany

  I just returned from Germany, where I spent the holidays with my family and indulged in a lot of different street foods. I have to admit: it is quite nice to travel on Christmas day since everyone ...

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Warm Up with Gluehwein this Holiday Season

  As a German living in Chicago for a while now, I have embraced the American holidays, especially Thanksgiving. For me, Thanksgiving is basically a “friends-giving” holiday since I usually spend it ...

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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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Blue Ribbon

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Moldy Wine

When it starts to get very cold and the last of the leaves have fallen off the trees, my mind turns to one beverage. No its not moldy wine, though—because of an apparent speech impediment or mumbling ...

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