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Keep Your Steaks Simple

  As a rule, I try to make sure that when I go out to eat, I order something I cannot or would not make at home. Dining out in Chicago can be expensive, and I want to make sure I get the most bang ...

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Where There is Smoke There is Fire

Summer and grilling just go together. How about this summer, you step up your grilling game and add some smoke to the mix? By lowering the temperature of the grill and adding some wood chunks to any ...

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The Simple Way to Cook a Simple Steak

One of our more popular classes at The Chopping Block is Steakhouse DIY. Many of our students sign up for this class for the simple reason that cooking a steak at home can be a terrifying experience. ...

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Food Comics: French Meat Pie

We are pleased to introduce Food Comics from The Chopping Block where our resident Cartoonist Tom O'Brien illustrates his cooking adventures. Here, he shows us how to make one of his family's ...

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Knife, A Neighborhood Steakhouse

I dine out quite often, but I rarely go to steakhouses. You might assume that’s because I’m a vegetarian or just not a fan of red meat but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I am a hardcore ...

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My Vegetarian Challenge

I love meat. There it is. Not to make it sound like we don’t enjoy eating vegetables alongside our meat-centric dinners (along with the occasionally entirely vegetarian meal), but my family is a ...

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A Day at the West Side Market

The West Side Market is also known as Cleveland’s Public Market. Over 100 vendors gather to offer up their fresh produce, meats, cheeses, poultry, baked goods, spices, and prepared foods all inside ...

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Halloween May be Over but Costumed Fun Continues

Apparently I’m having Halloween withdrawal. I keep walking into Goodwill, and finding really weird pants and vests, and thinking about all the possibilities it could lend. While I’m at work, I doodle ...

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Fourth Food Safety

Tomorrow is America's birthday! What better way is there to celebrate our nation's independence than by throwing a birthday bash on the grill?

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Dehydration Sensation

Summer is upon us and that means festivals, walking, biking and hiking! Having portable snacks is key when you're on the move, and dehydrated food is a great way to preserve and prepare on the go ...

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