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Father and Son Bonding with Burgers

  June is when Summer kicks off and Mother Nature teases us from time-to-time with hot weather days. It gives us a reason to hang out at the beach and pull that grill out, as we celebrate Pride ...

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Armadillo Eggs

I absolutely love when the Chicago weather cooperates, and I am able to cook outside. Grilling and smoking outdoors is something my husband and I are truly passionate about. If you are new to the ...

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A Go-To Summer Salad: Mexican Grilled Corn and Tomato Salad

  My family and I love Mexican food, and it’s something we enjoy at least twice a week. Because it’s our go-to cuisine when cooking at home, and because there are so many different ways to express ...

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Grilled Pineapple with Bourbon-Butter Sauce

Grilling season is in full swing at The Chopping Block, and one of my favorite grilling classes is New Orleans Brunch on the Grill. We make Cajun grilled shrimp skewers with remoulade, BBQ baked ...

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How to Grill Baby Octopus

    We officially kicked off grilling season last Wednesday with a hands-on grilling class on Cinco de Mayo. On Saturday, we had our first demonstration class on the Lincoln Square patio with one of ...

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Grilled Red Cabbage with Magic Green Sauce

  It’s grilling season, and I am ready for it! I love entertaining, but sometimes I prepare so many appetizers for fear that my guests will be too hungry while I am grilling that by the time I ...

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Grilled Eggplant Three Ways

I find that eggplant generally gets a bad rap. I’m not sure if people are averse to its texture or flavor, or they are just not familiar with how to prepare it, but I absolutely love eggplant, so I’m ...

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Summertime Barbeque Smoke Out

  If you are like me, you would agree that summertime is the best time for cooking. With the gorgeous weather, cooking and eating outdoors just can’t be beat. All of the bountiful produce from the ...

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The Easiest Way to Grill Fish and Seafood

  It’s summer, and I’ve been putting the grill to good use. In Chicago, we need to seize each day of our short grilling season! I want meals that are simple and fast, yet also healthy and delicious. ...

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How to Cook a Steak Accurately

    Cooking a steak is one of the most basic skills a cook can learn, and yet it is one that eludes even the best of cooks. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t mastered the art of steak cookery. How many ...

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