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6 Ways to Eat More Sustainably

  I love food. I love eating, I love cooking, and I love entertaining. But here’s the thing. I also love the Earth. And the more I learn about the way our eating habits negatively affect the Earth, ...

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Culinary Evolution

I don’t know about you, but I find the evolution of the culinary world to be completely fascinating. These days, everything from the groceries that we buy to the to the cocktails that we consume are ...

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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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Holiday Baking Alternatives

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all are enjoying the fruits of your labor and digging in for that extra helping of mashed potatoes. As the trytophan kicks in and you fade into your turkey daydreams, ...

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The Organic Debate

With the sun shining and the leaves slowly falling from trees, I can’t help but enjoy the sensation of the gust of icy wind as it rushes through my body. While the heat of the summer starts to fade ...

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Top Food Trends Get a Healthy Makeover

Imagine my surprise when I read the article about food trends in Nation’s Restaurant News by Bret Thorn. Usually I open up an article on food trends to see mouth-watering pictures (aka food porn) of ...

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Summer Musts

So here we are, in the middle of the summer, and I can think of nothing better than sitting outside, enjoying the warm summer evenings. Whether it be grilling out on my Big Green Egg with friends, ...

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The Dog Days of Summer

Here is a hot little story that hopefully, not too many of you can relate to. The Chopping Block has a plot of soil in the local community garden in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. Our employees ...

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Earth Day Call to Action

This Friday is Earth Day, which I consider a wake-up call. It's a reminder that we all need to do our part to help preserve our planet every day. Everyone can make a difference, even a little bit at ...

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Chicago Garden

I grew up homesteading and living off of the vegetables we grew, so having a vegetable garden has always been a way of life. I have never been able to shake the desire to play in the dirt or to ...

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