From the Chopping Block

Have a “Pizza” - the Action on the Grill

We eagerly await this time of year because we get to take our love of cooking outdoors in our grilling classes at Lincoln Square. We cook under the Chicago sun or stars (depending on the time of yourRead more

 

From the Chopping Block: The Perfect Cocktail

Whether you are kicking off a dinner party or rewinding after a long day, there's a cocktail for every mood or occasion. But if you think you have to pay the typical $13 a drink price in a fancy bar to get a fresh andRead more

 

From the Chopping Block: Cheers to 20 Years

The Chopping Block first opened our doors in a small cottage in Lincoln Park on April 4, 1997, during a time when recreational cooking schools were unheard of. Since then, we’ve grown to two locations (Lincoln Square and Merchandise Mart) and have spent the pastRead more

 

The Chopping Block: Get Your Chocolate Fix

Have you ever stood in the baking aisle at the grocery store staring at the wall of chocolate available wondering which one you should choose? Chips or bar? Semi-sweet or bittersweet? And just what is white chocolate?

Chocolate is a complex ingredient that can beRead more

 

The Chopping Block: Got a Sweetheart with a Sweet Tooth?

Valentine’s Day tends to conjure images of red roses next to a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Yawn. This year, why not celebrate the holiday with a different type of sweet treat for your honey like the classic Macaron?

Macarons are French confections that are currentlyRead more

 

From the Chopping Block: Clean Eating 2.0

It happens every year. We gorge ourselves on sweets and treats during the holidays and resolve to turn over a new leaf in the new year. While you may have been introduced to the term “clean eating” in 2016, this year is all about takingRead more

 

From the Chopping Block: The Indulgence Days are in full swing!

The days of indulgence are upon us! We just finished digesting our turkey dinner, and now it’s time to turn our attention to holiday entertaining, namely sweets and treats. December is the time to put off the diet in favor of cookies and candy.

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From the Chopping Block: Your Thanksgiving Survival

The biggest food holiday of the year is coming up. Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Preparing the feast can be a daunting task for home cooks, especially if you don’t have a dozen dinners under your belt and a solid routine.

The best way toRead more

 

Learn How to Marry Food and Wine for Any Occasion

winecheeseKnowing what wines to serve with your food can seem really complicated if you listen to some wine experts. But wine and food pairing doesn’t have to be difficult! With a basic understanding of the major types of wines and their characteristics, it can beRead more

 

Concordia Place Adds Third Location to Serve the Community

In 1981, a group of three mothers requested childcare options at Concordia Lutheran Church. In response, the church's Seeley Avenue campus opened an after-school care center for 12 children. The decades that followed saw Concordia adding two preschool locations, NAEYC accreditation and programming for seniorsRead more