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Grilled Ratatouille

  Lots of people have summer gardens, and there is nothing more satisfying than eating the fruits of your labor for dinner. I often find myself with a lot of odds and ends in my refrigerator: a ...

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10 Tips for Summer Parties

Warm weather and perfect nights means it’s time to take your dinner party outside. Whether in the backyard, out on the deck or at the neighborhood park, a few simple tips will ensure an easy summer ...

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New Wines for Warm-Weather Classes

  The Chopping Block’s wine team has been hard at work – tasting, tasting, tasting – to find new wines for you to pair with food, whether at home, during Happy Hour or while you’re hard at work - ...

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5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Grocery Trips This Summer

  If there’s one thing I hate, it’s that walk back from the grocery store when you went a teensy tiny bit overboard. You know exactly what I’m talking about: reusable grocery bags (go you for ...

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End of Summer Bounty: Easy Tomato Sauce

  Tomatoes bursting on the vine? Herbs going to flower? Is overabundance wreaking havoc in your garden? Whip up an incredibly simple tomato sauce and hold onto Summer’s bounty for a little longer.

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No-Bake Fruit Tart Bites

  Well, Summer certainly took its sweet old time getting here this year, but since it arrived it’s been hot-hot-HOT! When it comes to cooking, for many of us that means trying to use our stoves and ...

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Summer Corn Salad for Picnic Season

One of my favorite things to do with out-of-town visitors in the summer is to take them to a concert in the park. There is nothing better than sipping wine and listening to music on a summer night ...

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Summer BBQ Bash: A Cookout without the Cleanup

Everyone loves a backyard barbecue, especially when you don’t have to do any prep, cooking or clean up! That’s why you and the whole family should join The Chopping Block for our upcoming Summer BBQ ...

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New Wines, New Classes for Summer

Warm weather has finally arrived in Chicago, and we’re ready for it!  At The Chopping Block, we celebrate the season with new wines to pair with new classes, or to bring home for all your warm ...

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Sweet Phyllo Dough Bundles

 It took awhile this year, but Summer is finally here and for me, that means easy, breezy everything! I like to cook outside more, heat up the inside less, eat with minimal preparation – and so much ...

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