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How to Cook a Steak Accurately

    Cooking a steak is one of the most basic skills a cook can learn, and yet it is one that eludes even the best of cooks. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t mastered the art of steak cookery. How many ...

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Chill Out with a Glass of Red Wine

Since getting into wine, one of my favorite experiments is to list all the factors I can think of from grape to glass that can influence a wine's flavor. Generally, I can't make it past soil before ...

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Smoking a Turkey on a Grill

I am currently testing a new grill by Rosle, and what better way to put a grill to the test than by smoking a turkey?

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Copper Cookware: Worth the Investment?

As I sat in The Chopping Block's beautiful Saffron kitchen this morning, I couldn’t help but notice our copper collection was looking a bit, well, dull. Now I wouldn’t say I’m OCD, but when I get the ...

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Fourth Food Safety

Tomorrow is America's birthday! What better way is there to celebrate our nation's independence than by throwing a birthday bash on the grill?

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Grass Fed Goodness: The Perfect Ribeye Steak

Summertime means grilling time. I love afternoons or evenings of good friends, good music and good food. When it comes to grilling, there is nothing more tantalizing than the aroma of grass fed beef ...

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Just Like Oprah: A Few of my Favorite Things

In honor of last month's post about Kream Mustard, I'm doing my best Oprah impression and sharing a few of my “favorite things” that we carry in our retail stores. The method behind what we carry ...

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Slow and Low

Earlier this month, I wondered where winter was. Now that it's here, I'm ready to enjoy some of my favorite comfort foods made by slow roasting and braising. In Chicago we call this thickening our ...

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A Lost Art

My favorite class to teach at The Chopping Block is European Pastries, a.k.a. Laminated Dough. These doughs are the classic layered pastries that we all love for breakfast (i.e. croissants, danish) ...

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Summertime Means Grilling Time

What would summertime in Chicago be without the tradition of barbeque and grilling? I start looking out the window somewhere around mid-April to see if there are any signs of springtime and wonder ...

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