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I Put Some Lettuce in Hot Water and This Happened

  As a self-taught chef, I have always enjoyed watching other chefs and cooks work whether in-person or on screen. Even if I’m just watching something for leisure I will always file away any ...

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A Photo Essay from a Day in a Chef's Kitchen

  I woke up on this day with plans for a couple of kitchen projects, but a mid-morning delivery from a nearby friend inspired an expansion of the plans. We had recently visited her new home on ...

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5 Ways to Use Up the Greens Going Bad in Your Fridge

  If you’re anything like me, your fridge is a wreck and has been since approximately this time last year. Cleaning out the refrigerator (especially in the midst of a pandemic) is an onerous task to ...

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Too Many Herbs? Try These Tips

  I love using fresh herbs, but often find myself with leftovers I cannot use up before they go bad. A lot of stores are now selling them in plastic packages that come in one size only. Need one ...

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Preserve Summer with Herb Salt

Now that it seems warm weather has finally taken root here in Chicago, we can enjoy all the new flavors that warmth brings. A new season of fruits and vegetables is certainly an exciting prospect, ...

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Grow Plants Year Round with a Moving Game

  It's finally gardening season! I started a garden for the first time last year, and it grew to 26 potted plants growing on my balcony. I moved some inside for winter and a handful of the ones that ...

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The Essential Pantry

  Being a chef instructor at The Chopping Block is by far the best job I have ever had. I love food, I adore cooking, and I am passionate about teaching. Given those facts, every time I come to work ...

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The Chopping Block's Herbs de Provence Salt

I have been growing a tremendous number of herbs in Michigan and experimenting with different preservation methods for them. It's been revelatory for me! Before I started drying my own herbs, I had ...

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10 Things to Make with Too Many Herbs

  As any of you who have a garden know, keeping up with herbs can be a bit of a challenge. Every summer I try to grow enough herbs and vegetables for me and my husband to eat through the entire ...

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Drying Herbs and Using Dried Herbs

  Growing up in Iowa we didn’t grow or use fresh herbs. I think many people especially in the Midwest never experienced them, at least of my generation. Once chefs and home cooks everywhere started ...

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