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Dry Your Eye: How to Chop Onions without Crying

A very kind and tolerant person once said “There are no stupid questions.” I think there are lots of stupid questions, like “Will this holographic Charizard card be worth enough for retirement?” or ...

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A New Knife Can Change Your Life

Some people lust after Mercedes Benzes, but my junior high friends and I, we dreamed about having our own refrigerator when we grew up. Call us kooky, but we spent many a sleepover swapping future ...

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The Only Four Knives You Need in Your Kitchen

Knives are to cooking like addition and subtraction are to math. They are the basic building blocks upon which most of cooking is built. Now, you may be thinking that's so boring (at least that’s ...

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You Can Teach an Old Dog New Kitchen Tricks

I’ve been cooking and barbequing for 40 years and have tons of experience. So even as a new member of The Chopping Block’s team, I was skeptical that I might learn something new in a recent hands-on ...

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Knife Skills: Breaking in the Cutting Board

“A dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp one,” is one of the first lessons Chef Hans shares with a full house of 18 students who are curiously comparing knives at their individual stations. Most ...

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This is Why I Love What We Do

Last week, I had the pleasure of working part of a three day "class" for teenagers from the Latin School in Chicago. The students ranged in ages from 13 to 16.

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