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How to Cook Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms

I'm in mushroom ecstasy as this is a banner year on my property in Michigan for wild mushrooms! My Hen of the Woods mushrooms have returned in abundance so I have been busy cooking and preserving ...

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A Different Take on Bruschetta for Mushroom Lovers

Last week at our Happy Hour at Lincoln Square, we featured this fabulous snack to go along with our featured wines, and it was delicious!

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Foraging and Cooking Puffball Mushrooms

My latest edition on foraging and cooking wild mushrooms features a relatively new mushroom for me: the Puffball. I grew up hunting morels but living in urban environments for the last 30+ years, I ...

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A Recipe Collection for The Chopping Block’s 20th Anniversary

Being an employee of The Chopping Block for 12 years has given me a great opportunity to teach our students and help them create some wonderful recipes from the numerous cooking classes we offer.

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Cheers to 20 Years at The Chopping Block

It was April 4, 1997. Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down by Puff Daddy featuring Mase was the Billboard top song, the Cubs lost (5-4) to the Braves while playing the first game ever played at Turner Field in ...

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Mushrooms On My Mind: The Tale of a Fungi

"Yuck! Mushrooms!" How many times have I heard that exclamation from the mouths of kids (and many of my beloved adult friends and family). If you are a mushroom hater, I understand you: the texture ...

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DIY Mushrooms

If you've read my blog before, you know that I tend to be a do-it-yourself-er. This past spring, I wrote about foraging for mushrooms. While doing a little research, I got struck by a proverbial bolt ...

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Espe What?

Espelette. Pronounced es-pa-let, this little pepper from the southern region of France is one of my favorite ingredients and I dare say, a secret weapon in my arsenal of cooking tricks. Although this ...

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