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Make Reusable Beeswax Cloths for your Kitchen

  In the seemingly never-ending pursuit of using less waste, keeping a green, less plastic kitchen, I found myself looking for alternatives to wrap my leftover produce, etc. I fell in love with some ...

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Which Produce is in Season When?

There’s nothing like fresh produce: it’s good for you, it’s delicious, and it’s always available. But have you stopped to think why and how fresh food is always there, in the grocery store, year ...

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A Key Ingredient for Weight Loss and Wellness

  I’ve learned the secret to life-long health. It’s not a diet or a pill, and it’s actually found in many of the foods you may already know and love. If you’re like me and simply live for life’s ...

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When Life Gives You Cucumbers, Learn How to Pickle

When life gives you cucumbers, make pickles. That’s how the saying goes, right?

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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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Season Switch: Fall Classes are Here

I hate to break it to you, but fall is right around the corner. It’s not such a bad thing, though. Fall in Chicago can be quite nice. I look forward to the changing colors, the sweet autumnal air, ...

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Let's Talk Canning & Preserving

I love when The Chopping Block hosts live chats because it's just another way we try to engage with our customers. We've hosted several on Facebook over the past year focusing on specific topics or ...

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Living Off the Fat of the Land

One of my dreams is to be able to raise my own food one day, or at least a portion of it. Now, I admit that this is a rather lofty goal, and so perhaps having a substantial garden each year might ...

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Hawaiian Wedding Planning: Part One

Last year, one of my good friends asked me to cater his wedding rehearsal dinner in Michigan and, of course, I said “Yes!” A weekend in Michigan, hanging out with a couple hundred of my closest ...

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Summer’s Crop Cools Down and Fall’s Bounty Heats Up

It’s sad to see the berries go, but we welcome the apples in their place. The squash are more plentiful than the melons and the Earth has absolutely turned a little further away from the sun. I am ...

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