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Thai Take Out at Home

My family loves Thai food, and whenever we order takeout or dine-in, we pretty much such stick to our favorites. We always order the fresh spring rolls, green papaya salad, a curry of some sort, Pad ...

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My Favorite Peanut Sauce

If you are like me, you think peanut sauce makes everything better. When I eat spring rolls, I likely consume more peanut sauce than the then spring rolls themselves. I just can’t stop dipping my ...

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Chicago’s Finest Eateries

Working at The Chopping Block, one of the most common questions I get asked as a chef actually has nothing to do with cooking at all. Guests always want to know “What’s your favorite restaurant?”

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Try Something En"Thai"cing like Lamb Laab

I rang in New Year's Eve at one of the world’s best restaurants, Eleven Madison Park in New York. It was a dreamy dinner of elegant plating, impeccable service and subtle perfection. The food ...

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A Culinary Trip Around Southeast Asia: Part One

It’s never easy to leave such a great and beautiful city like Chicago behind, especially around the holidays. Last year around Thanksgiving my fiancé and I took a trip around Southeast Asia. More ...

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VersaTHAIl Green Curry

To many, Thai food seems intimidating. It has lots of unfamiliar ingredients and seemingly difficult cooking techniques. However, Thai food from scratch is easier than you may think, and with a a few ...

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