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How to Make Mouth-Watering BBQ Chicken

One of my family’s absolute favorite, finger-lickin’ dinners consists of BBQ chicken, baked beans, braised collard greens and cornbread. This meal is the ultimate plate of soul food and leaves us ...

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Summer Grilling isn't Cancelled

Memorial Day weekend is always called the unofficial start to summer. In years past, the long holiday weekend was a time for first of the year beach vacations, large barbecues with friends, swimming ...

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Grilled Fish Tacos: A Twist on a Summer Classic

  The hot summer months here in Chicago always make me think of a few things: milkshakes at Susie’s, burgers on the patio at Paradise Pup, and mostly, tacos. To be more specific, fish tacos. Don’t ...

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Cooking en Papillote

  After my previous post on grilled Ratatouille, a few people noticed that I had an aluminum foil pouch next to my cast iron pan on the grill and wanted to know what was in it. When I explained it ...

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Food Comics: Steak Techniques Part 3

We are pleased to introduce Food Comics from The Chopping Block where our resident Cartoonist Tom O'Brien illustrates his cooking adventures. In this final part of a three-part series, he ...

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This Salad is Just Peachy

  One of the things I love most about summer is grilling. While I do love to grill the usual suspects like chicken, steak, veggies, etc., fruit is actually my favorite food to grill. I enjoy grilling ...

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Grilled Pork Loin Roast: Who Needs an Oven when You have a Grill?

  If you’re anything like me, you despise turning on the oven when the thermostat climbs over 90 as it has the last couple of weeks. What a lot of people don’t realize is that there is a wonderful ...

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Grilled Ratatouille

  Lots of people have summer gardens, and there is nothing more satisfying than eating the fruits of your labor for dinner. I often find myself with a lot of odds and ends in my refrigerator: a ...

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10 Tips for Summer Parties

Warm weather and perfect nights means it’s time to take your dinner party outside. Whether in the backyard, out on the deck or at the neighborhood park, a few simple tips will ensure an easy summer ...

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Grilled Boston Beef Roast with Carrot Top Pesto

  I recently got back from a “Beef Trip” to Certified Angus Beef® brand test kitchens in Wooster, Ohio. I was thrilled to learn about so many different cuts of beef from their meat scientist (never ...

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