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Pepper Season is On and Popping

  I’m a self-proclaimed hot pepper fiend. I love the addition of heat into both savory and sweet dishes. I’m the girl that carries hot sauce in her purse (just like Beyonce), just in case the need ...

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Every Day Can Be Fry-Day with an Air Fryer

I never really considered myself to be a cook obsessed with gadgets. Sure, I have had a CrockPot since I graduated from college, the Instant Pot has truly changed my life, and I use my Vitamix ...

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Buttermilk Cornbread that Out Breads the Rest

  This cornbread recipe is by far one of the best cornbread recipes that I have made. I had a Southern-themed dinner party the other night that was inspired by a 5-spiced rib recipe. Since corn is ...

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Spicy Corn, Bacon and Candied Jalapeno Dip

I raided the refrigerator at our Lincoln Square store last Sunday in the hopes of coming up with a creative and delicious tasting for all of our guests to enjoy as they shopped. I found a few ears of ...

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Home Grown Gold

  One of The Chopping Block’s all-time best-sellers is our Jalapeno Gold. This sweet and spicy treat is as versatile as it is addictive. Nearly every day, someone dashes into the store to scoop up a ...

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Honey and Jalapeños

  A few weeks ago during an event at The Chopping Block, I encouraged a group of guests to drizzle some of our jalapeño honey on their cheese tray. I could tell by the looks on their faces that this ...

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Holy Jalapeño – It’s Pickled Peppers

Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the warm, golden days and the plentiful produce that comes from our gardens and local farmers' markets. After receiving a recent CSA share from Harvest ...

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Summer Salad Before It’s Too Late

My husband and I have made our favorite Zesty Corn and Black Bean Salad at least a couple times this summer, and I’m about to go make it again after I finish this blog post. The combination of ...

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Corn in the U.S.A.

Mark Twain once probably said that “Perhaps not enough has been written on that greatest of all natural achievements, the simple ear of corn.” While it’s true that corn has gotten a fair amount of ...

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“Braise” the Roof

Braise. The cooking technique that strikes fear in the heart of home cooks around the country. It also happens to be my preferred method to make the most outstanding fall/winter meals. Braising was ...

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