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Welcome Braising Season with Roulade and Dumplings

  Time is flying by this year, and we are already planning our holiday offerings, both virtually and in-person at Lincoln Square. We are also continuing to offer outdoor grilling classes, and we've ...

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Cooking en Papillote

  After my previous post on grilled Ratatouille, a few people noticed that I had an aluminum foil pouch next to my cast iron pan on the grill and wanted to know what was in it. When I explained it ...

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Farmers Market Corn and Potato Soup

  I am a soup lover. I can eat soup 365 days of the year. Mind you, I am not eating soup on a beach, but in an air conditioned house or my office, so I am good to go. Midwest produce is just starting ...

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Creamy Sausage and Potato Soup

When the weather turns cold, there is nothing I want more than a bowl of piping hot, hearty soup. I prefer a creamy soup that warms the soul. While I do enjoy a good soup, I don’t always have the ...

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Potato Plantain Croquettes: A Unique Vegan Appetizer

If you’ve been to any cooking class at The Chopping Block, you’ll be given a little appetizer that we employees refer to as a “Chef App.” A lot of times, your chef app is our famous Truffled Popcorn. ...

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The Year of the Tater Tot

It’s official! 2015 is the year of the Tater Tot. I’m making it official. I gotta get the hashtag together and stuff, but ya know, it’s happening! It’s not like I’m pushing a product that doesn’t ...

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Grateful for au Gratin

“Baby, it’s cold outside...”

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Celery Root: An Appetizing Misfit

My friend Celery Root and I have several things in common. First off, we both have formal names (Celeriac, MaryEllen) in addition to our everyday names. Also, we both use those formal names on ...

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Saving a Salty Dish from Demise

I’ve written before about how I like to take random ingredients from the refrigerator and pantry and make a meal out of them. I was going to share a similar recent experience when I found some ground ...

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What Kind of Potato Salad Are You?

There are countless recipes for potato salad. Just like a snowflake, each one is different. I guess it makes sense, since taters are a perfect canvas to mix with vegetables, sauces and really, ...

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