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    It's a typical March week here in Wisconsin. One day it's up to 40°F (short sleeve shirt weather up here) and the next it's cloudy, gray, foggy and snowy. But what do you expect, it's Springtime in Wisconsin and that means the weather can change in a heartbeat. I'm just praying for more nice...
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    I love steak. And chicken. And bacon. Did I mention that I love bacon? You're probably wondering why someone who has very clear carnivorous obsessions tendencies would be posting about chickpeas. You couldn't get anything further removed from a steak than this humble legume. But these easy...
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    Late Harvest (or Fall) raspberries are just starting to make their appearances here in Wisconsin. If you've been following my blog, you know that I love raspberries and the fact that they are harvested twice a year thrills me. While the nights are getting cool, days can still be warm so I still...
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    It seems we have finally gotten some typical August weather. Our summer, as a whole, has been rather cool with most nights dropping down into the 60's and days rarely surpassing 80-85°F. In fact, we turned the air conditioner off sometime in July and haven't turned back on since. But with the...
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    One of the most important lessons I learned as a young, professional chef was that presentation is everything. Even in the finest of restaurants you can serve the most mundane of foods if you create a spectacular, or beautiful, way to present it. Soups were a classic example of this. Many of the...
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    Last Saturday while shopping at the Fond du Lac farmer's market I came across the first beets of the season. Well, at least the first beets to arrive at the market. Excitedly, I grabbed up a couple of bunches, just thinking of all the possibilities. Life interjected and we got busy with visiting...
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    This past weekend we made it down to Madison to visit my brother, his wife and their newborn baby. As part of the trip we made sure to stop by the Dane County Farmer's Market. As usual we picked up more veggies than we really should have, but I guess that's a good thing as I am trying to eat a...
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    I have fond memories of Wilted Spinach Salad as a kid. It was the only way I would eat spinach. I wouldn't touch the canned or frozen stuff if my life depended on it. Even today the thought of canned spinach makes me gag and while I do often use frozen spinach I only use it if it is an...
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    It's been a while. Baby R and Little E have been keeping my busy. But the longer days and sunny weather have me inspired. We happened to have a bag of romaine hearts in the fridge left over from a burger debacle and I was searching for something different to do with them that didn't involve...
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    After far too long, we got together with friends Pat and Diane and their two kidlets for dinner at their place. It was probably the most relaxing social event that I've been to since... I can't even remember when! Big Brother Jake and Miss Stella were amazing with Baby E. I hardly had to lift a...
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    With the temperature outside climbing and the summer season officially here, it's hard for me to have much of an appetite for rich, heavy, (and hot) meals. Cue quinoa to the rescue! Quinoa is such a versatile grain seed. It can be eaten hot or cold, savoury or sweet, and as a side or a main...
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    So I'm starting back at work this week and it's already been quite the adjustment. I think Baby E has been dealing with it better than I am... Just a quick post for now about my kitchen frenzy the day before going back to work. Being in the kitchen and making this with my hands calms me, and I...
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    I spied some local fava (broad) beans at our farm market a few days ago and couldn't resist. If you've never had fava beans, you're missing out! I will admit, they are a bit of work, but they are so amazing. When they're in season, the beans are creamy, toothsome, and nutty with a slightly...
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    Story and photos by Becky Billingsley Long ago somewhere in Italy's southern coastal instep it became tradition to celebrate Christmas Eve with a long multi-course dinner to symbolize waiting for the birth of Baby Jesus. Today the Feast of Seven Fishes is enthusiastically continued by...
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    "...Mezclun mix, $5.99/lb. this week at A & P!" How times have changed. Or should that be, what goes around comes around? Twenty years ago the average customer would have angrily criticized the assortment of mixed greens on his plate as weeds and grass clippings, before sending it back to the...
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    Almost exactly three hundred years ago Londoners could buy the first English-language book on how to make a salad. Called Acetaria: A Discourse of Sallets (acetaria being an old word for salad greens), it instructed that only the freshest leaves straight from the garden should be used. They...
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    It's summer, it's hot, and it's salad season. Besides watermelon and corn, salad is the perfect summer food. They're light, crisp and refreshing-- especially when paired with a tart dressing. They're fast and don't heat up a hot kitchen. And they're versatile with as many salads as the...
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