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When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Frozen Lemon Mousse

  It’s been a pretty tough year. We went from winter to hot summer with barely a notice of spring in Chicagoland, all the while sheltering in place. But to use a very worn saying, “When life gives ...

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Chocolate Mousse, the Cheffy Way

  As a professional chef, I love throwing (and attending!) dinner parties, and I’m not shy about going back for seconds. But I’m also not one to skip dessert, so when it comes to the sweet stuff, I ...

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Transform Lemon Curd to Elegant Mousse

  Whenever we have a dinner party, I'm typically in charge of preparing the dessert. Sometimes when I'm feeling really ambitious, I'll make a pie or cake, but time wasn't on my side recently so I ...

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Turn Smoked Salmon into an Easy, Yet Elegant Appetizer

  The next time you are hosting a party worthy of an elegant appetizer, try this quick Smoked Salmon Mousse. You can make a couple dozen of these tasty bites in about 30 minutes if you have a food ...

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What are You Cooking for Valentine's Day? 

February is the month of love, and the pressure is on for the perfect Valentine’s Day for you and your love. Or just you. Or you and your Galentines. Or you and your cats. We’re not here to judge – ...

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Ugly Avocados? Make Chocolate Mousse

Oh avocados, my culinary love-hate relationship. I love how creamy and rich they are. I love that they make great guacamole, salsa, salad, and great spread on toast. I love that they're filling and ...

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Food Comics: Vegan Peanut Butter Mousse

  We are pleased to introduce Food Comics from The Chopping Block where our resident Cartoonist Tom O'Brien illustrates his cooking adventures. Here, he tackles Vegan Peanut Butter Mousse.

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Cooking Like our Ancestors

Last Sunday, I taught a class on charcuterie. It was a great opportunity to see that people are considering this style of cooking at home, rather than just going to a restaurant and ordering ...

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Dinner Party Elegance

If you have ever thrown a dinner party at home for friends and family, then you have definitely asked yourself; “How can I make this look fabulous?” And with the fall season heading our way, I’m sure ...

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Taverna, Taverna

When I want to eat, I mean really eat, I almost do it with the same voracity that I do when I want to go out and have some drinks. I am on a mission, I am thirsty, hungry, empty, and I want to be ...

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