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Garlic Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce

  Fourteen years ago, as a junior in college, I had the opportunity of a lifetime to spend the semester abroad, and chose to go to Florence, Italy. I immediately fell in love with the people, the ...

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10 Tips for Making Sauces Part 1: Velouté

  Leave it to the French to assert that there are really only five sauces, the Mother Sauces. The idea is that the five Mother Sauces are base sauces, and by adding additional flavorings or modifying ...

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Food Comics: Slow Cooker Bolognese

We are pleased to introduce Food Comics from The Chopping Block where our resident Cartoonist Tom O'Brien illustrates his cooking adventures. Here, he shows you how to make a Bolognese sauce in your ...

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More Mojo Please

  My favorite green sauce of all time is Cuban Mojo. If you’ve never had it, know that it is a very popular marinade for all kinds of meat, especially pork used in the famous Cuban Sandwich. My ...

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Get Saucy with our New Sauce Guide

How many of us grew up on broiled bland fish, dry pork chops or sautéed chicken that could have used just a little something extra on the plate? All of these proteins can easily be improved with a ...

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Oh "Mahi" is this Fish Good

  Being raised in the heart of the Midwest, I'm certainly a meat and potatoes kind of guy. But I do love seafood when it is fresh and prepared well. I recently had the opportunity to work with some ...

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Butternut Squash Bolognese

  We had pasta a lot growing up for several reasons. First, it was a family favorite. Second, it was quick, and I am sure the third reason was because it was cheap. All those reasons still hold true ...

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My Favorite Thing to Cook: Stuffed Chops

  One of the most common questions I get from students when teaching cooking classes at The Chopping Block is: "What's your favorite thing to cook?" 

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The Light and Dark Side of Roux

Nothing is more satisfying than learning how to change the texture and consistency of a sauce. A great roux can take something that was once watery, and in a matter of minutes, transform it into a ...

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How to Make a Pan Sauce

What's not to love about a pan sauce? It looks (and tastes) fancy but takes virtually no effort, can be made with pantry staples (especially if wine is considered a pantry staple), and is made in the ...

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