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A Perfect Night for Outdoor Dining

  I'll admit that I’m not a huge fan of hot weather, but one of the things I do love about summer is being able to use my deck for outdoor dining. Eating a grilled turkey burger with corn on the cob ...

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10 Things You Should Grill before Winter Comes and it’s Too Late

  As any good Game of Thrones fan (or Chicago resident) knows, winter is coming. Sure, you may be enjoying the most beautiful July day you’ve ever set eyes on, but you know that parka lurking in the ...

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Killer Kebabs on a Homemade Hibachi

  When I moved to Chicago last summer, I found myself for the first time in my life with a lovely big back porch. I quickly developed an insatiable urge to grill meats, but had no grill to grill them ...

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Easiest, Tastiest Grilled Chicken Ever

  I don’t know about you, but summer is my favorite time of year, and yet, my least favorite time to cook. The kitchen always gets too hot, and the dishes take too long to wash. I want to be outside ...

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Tips for Grilling the Perfect Meat

  I have to admit. The first couple years of grilling, it was so hit or miss. When it was a hit, I was like “I’ve got this!  Grilling is easy!” Until the next time I cut into a whole grilled chicken ...

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Get to Grilling

With summer in full swing, grills are fired up and adult beverages are flowing during all of the weekend cookouts that go on during this time of year. Grilling is by far my favorite way to prepare ...

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Food Comics: Chili Lime Chicken Tacos

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 make Chili Lime Chicken Tacos ...

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The Return of Mario, Grilling Season and Mother's Day Ribs

I find it no coincidence that my return to the blog-o-sphere has coincided with another return… grilling season! Finally, we get to enjoy a bit of warm-ish weather, grab some new charcoal or fill up ...

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Grilling Season and My Favorite Chicken Kebabs are Almost Here

  Spring and summer are my favorite seasons because it's finally warm enough to get outside and grill. Kebabs are my go-to grilling dish because you can use any vegetables and meat you have on hand ...

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