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San Sebastián is Heaven for Foodies

  “What would be your last meal?” is a question that chefs like to ask each other. Most of the time, they ask it because the chef who asks wants to show off and tell his colleague what his own last ...

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New Culinary Tour to Basque Country

We are thrilled to announce a very special small group culinary tour... this time to the Basque Country of Spain hosted by one of The Chopping Block's favorite chefs, Chef Guillermo Delavault and our ...

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From Spain's Cellar to your Table

  It takes patience, along with something else that’s in short supply these days, to ease a red wine into maturity and that’s adequate storage.

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How I Spent a Six-Hour Lunch

There are business lunches, power lunches, liquid lunches and Ladies who Lunch, but none of them compare to the six-hour lunch I just had in Spain. El Celler De Can Roca, recently featured on the ...

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Viva Espana at The Chopping Block

  Spain hit Chicago’s fine dining scene well after France, Italy, even Mexico! Now, the flavors of Spain are favorites in the city and suburbs, from casual tapas to elegant Paella, from sparkling ...

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You say Potato, I say Patata with an Easy Spanish Omelette

  Tortilla de Patatas (potato omelette) is as ubiquitous in Spain as it is delicious. This potato omelette is found in tapas bars where it is served warm or cold, topped with aioli or not, full of ...

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My Valencian Lemon Curd

There’s really nothing better than a food that can be eaten at every meal – and I’ve got the perfect recipe for an easy lemon curd you can enjoy any time of day. Even though lemon curd originated in ...

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Paella Party

  Paella is one of those dishes that I love to eat, but seldom make at home. It’s one of those specialties you need to order in a restaurant for it to be made properly, right? 

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Pep Up your Cooking with Smoked Paprika

A student recently asked me whether smoked paprika was actually smoked with wood. I was fairly certain that it was, and decided to explore this subject for my first blog for The Chopping Block.

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