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Your New Favorite Spring Soup

  As far as holiday dinners go, I think my favorite is Easter dinner. It wasn’t always that way, though. Back in the day, when my sister bought her first house, Thanksgiving quickly became her ...

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The 5 Most Important Things to Know about Knife Safety

  As you might guess, we sell a lot of knives and cutting boards at The Chopping Block. Over the almost 22 years of teaching Knife Skills classes (which is our most popular class), I’ve learned a few ...

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Portable Sunshine

  You may (but probably don’t) recall from one of my previous blog posts that I love winter. While before I just had my own nostalgia to draw on to try to convince you to join me in my abject ...

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How To Not Go To the Hospital: A Guide To Cutting Avocados

  In case you find yourself in need of a break from all the ‘Holiday Gift Roundups’ or ‘what to do with all those leftovers’ articles, I figured I’d share a practical a-seasonal guide for something I ...

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Knife Skills: Our Most Popular Class

  I recently had the opportunity to take our most popular class Knife Skills on the road. I demonstrated a basic version of the class at the American Medical Association during the employee lunch ...

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The Knives You Never Knew You Needed

I've got knives on the brain again. If you read my previous post, you know that I made the argument for having only four knives in your kitchen. And while I still believe that to be true – if you can ...

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Summer Corn Salad for Picnic Season

One of my favorite things to do with out-of-town visitors in the summer is to take them to a concert in the park. There is nothing better than sipping wine and listening to music on a summer night ...

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A Chef's Tricks of the Trade

  One of the most frequent questions students ask is “What are the most common mistakes home cooks make?”  It's one of my favorite questions because I believe if you can resolve just two problems, ...

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Time to Sharpen those Knife Skills

  Do you know how much you don’t know about knives? The answer, definitively, is that you don’t. But not to worry, you have plenty of time before prime vegetable season kicks in to enter into expert ...

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What I've Learned at Chicago's Premier Recreational Cooking School

  I used to consider myself a pretty good cook. Like a lot of us, I learned by standing by my mother’s side in the kitchen. Her way with ingredients and flavors were a launchpad into my own world ...

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