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Palak PaWHAA?

I enjoy teaching Indian classes at The Chopping Block the most because of the aromas of all the spices being cooked in the kitchen. Plus, I like to EAT Indian food!

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Brine is Just Fine

I’ve been pickling everything lately. So far, I have limited it to food products, but there is no telling what the future holds. For someone like me, this is inevitable. I have always enjoyed a good ...

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Summertime Means Grilling Time

What would summertime in Chicago be without the tradition of barbeque and grilling? I start looking out the window somewhere around mid-April to see if there are any signs of springtime and wonder ...

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A No Bake Solution

What is a very pregnant woman with a sweet tooth to make on 100 plus degree-day? No bake cookies, of course! It wasn’t until my husband got home from work that I realized not many people know what a ...

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Behind the Scenes of Team Pie

For the past six years, I’ve been entrusted with the esteemed position of leading the Chopping Block’s holiday pie baking. This is a tradition that goes back to our original store on Webster, when ...

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Hold the Salt

When I was about 3 years old, after continuously being sick to my stomach and seeing several doctors, one of the doctors figured out that I was allergic to cow’s milk. This meant that I was unable to ...

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The Chopping Block Story: Final Chapter

The biggest evolution in the early days of The Chopping Block story centers on our retail offerings. I never believed I was much of a salesperson and in fact, I’m not confident I am even now. When I ...

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Achiote Addiction

Summer has finally hit with full force, and I am looking forward to getting out, stretching my legs and putting on my dancing shoes for all of the great music coming our way here in Chicago in the ...

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Salt: Essential to Everything we Cook and Bake

I recently assisted a class with “salt-shy” participants and realized that there’s a great deal of confusion about how and when to use salt in home cooking. Surely we’ve all heard over and over again ...

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Kosher, Sea, Pink, or Grey Salt - How Do I Decide?

Have you ever wondered why there are so many different types of salt? What could possibly be the difference between them all? I know I was confused at first. Here's a bit of what I've learned over ...

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