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Flan: the Most Heavenly Caramel Custard

  My husband and I hosted Mother's Day brunch at our house last weekend, and although it's a lot of work, I would rather spend quality time with my mom in the comfort of our home rather than a ...

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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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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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How to Throw a Paella Dinner Party

  One of my favorite meals to prepare for an intimate dinner party is paella. Paella is one of those one-pan meals that, if done correctly, is something truly outstanding. I usually serve a few ...

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Spanish-Style Braised Short Ribs are Long on Flavor

There are two things I will always try at a restaurant if they are on the menu: short ribs and duck. While neither one is all that difficult to cook, there are a few key factors that I look for in ...

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Do You Know Your Oils?

One of my favorite things I learned at The Chopping Block is that it's important to consider your oils before you start cooking. For many, especially for all of our regulars, this is old news. But ...

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Pop the Cork on 2014

Chances are your plans for tonight are set. Whether you plan to ring in the new year in a sparkly new dress or your pajamas, any New Year's celebration is more festive with a glass of sparkling wine ...

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It's All Green Sauce

Salsa Verde (Spanish), Sauce Verte (French) and Salsa Verde (Italian) all translate to the same thing – Green Sauce. While the names are the same, the sauces, though similar in some ways, are quite ...

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TV & Wine Night

I have a confession to make. I have the absolute worst taste in TV in the history of all viewers. I'm actually a Real Housewives fanatic! BH and NYC all the way (but retro NYC because I miss ...

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