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Celery Root: Much More than Mash: : Think

Don't let the picture above scare you. It is actually something you eat and most likely will love. Celery root (also known as celeriac) is round, brown, and even hairy at times. But this ugly root vegetable also has a beautiful, mild flavor, like celery. It's starchy texture wants to be treated like a potato. In fact, we usually think of pureeing celery root, like we show you how to do in this blog post. But its versatility goes a lot further.     


As Shelley demonstrates in our latest video, you don't have to stick to just roasting or mashing this root vegetable.

How to Work with Celery Root
How to Work with Celery Root

Try these recipes that showcase celery root in a different way at home:

Sweet Potato & Celery Root Hash

Potato & Celery Root Gratin

Mini Potato & Celery Root Pancakes with Creme Fraiche & Caviar

Celery Root Salad with Shaved Fennel & Watercress

Want a chance to work with celery root alongside our chefs? It's a featured ingredient in a lot of upcoming classes this fall.

Celery Root Puree
Celery Root Puree is the perfect accompaniment to Grilled Pork Chops with Pearl Onion, White Wine, Apple Cider and Mustard Sauce featured in our upcoming Wine Harvest Dinner. It goes just as nicely with the traditional Beef Bourguignon you'll learn to make in Celebrating Julia Child. The root vegetable also makes a lovely soup like Fall Vegetable Harvest's Celery Root and Apple Bisque with Thyme Croutons.

Note: The classes mentioned above are offered at multiple times at different locations, so please search our class calendar for the best fit for your schedule.   

Over 350 Apple Pies are Waiting for You
Carrie Apple Fest
WCIU's Aly Bockler & Chef Carrie
Our staff has been baking fiends this week! We've made 350 Apple Pies using over 2800 beautiful Granny Smith apples, hundreds of pounds of flour and sugar, 144 pounds of butter and countless cast iron skillets. Stop by Apple Fest today to enjoy a slice of our Famous Apple Pie or take a whole one home for the family!

TODAY! Saturday, September 20 
9am - 5pm 
Lincoln Square 
Pinterest Want to see the behind the scenes action of pie production this week? Check out our Pinterest Board Apple Fest.
Chicago's Best Chefs Compete - You Decide
We took home the title during Common Threads' Annual Cook-Off last year. Can we pull it off again?

This year, Chef Mario and our team are competing in the "from the pasture" category. Get ready for some dairy deliciousness and hear how Mario prepares for this type of cooking competition in this video.

Common Threads Interview w/ Chef Mario of The Chopping Block
Chef Mario Talks with Common Threads

Common Threads 4th Annual Cook-Off
Thursday, October 2 6:30pm
Revel Downtown 440 W. Randolph Street
Using Video to Reach More Home Cooks To
How to Cook Scallops
Did you know that a third of all online activity is spent watching videos? The Chopping Block realized early on that video could be a powerful tool to help get people to cook at home. In fact, we've been producing our own "How to" Videos since 2009 and have built up a pretty extensive video library.

We recently shared our experience in an article designed to help other small businesses get started with video.
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