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Chinese Sausage Fried Rice

Growing up during the 70’s in a small Iowa town didn’t really expose me to much in the way of Chinese food. My mom made a few attempts at cooking Chinese food, mostly inspired by the “Chinese” ...

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How to Make Homemade Italian Sausage: A Step-by-Step Guide

  Italian sausage is one of my favorite pork products, because it can be used in so many delicious applications from pasta sauce to meatballs, used as a pizza topping, added to stuffing or in stuffed ...

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Steamed Mussels with Chorizo: Approachable Surf and Turf

  When we think of surf and turf, images of lobster dipped in clarified butter and juicy steak typically pop into our heads. That’s an excellent, luxurious and delicious way of uniting sea and land, ...

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Gumbo YaYa: A Lesson in the Louisiana Soup

  Once we are able to safely travel again, New Orleans is at the top of my list, specifically for Jazz Fest which is hopefully happening in the fall. Not only does this city have the most amazing ...

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Quest for Cassoulet

  I have eaten a lot of cassoulet over the years and have a developed an understanding of what it should be: both rich and light, both crunchy and creamy, both earthy and bright and without a doubt, ...

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Red Beans and Rice with Fried Chicken

  After returning from New Orleans on a Monday morning, I decided to make red beans and rice that night. Everyone knows Monday is red beans and rice day! 

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Food Comics: Toad in a Hole

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 us how to make a classic British recipe ...

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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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Wrap That Weenie: A Tale of a Cozy Sausage

  Creating and writing new recipes is one of my favorite jobs here at The Chopping Block. It's an extremely enjoyable and creative process, but sometimes I feel challenged when I come across a dish I ...

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Cherry Smoke + Black Cocoa

I love my EGG. My Big Green EGG and I got a thing going on. You will come to learn that I will cook many a dish on my EGG.

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