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    I've come to the conclusion that I may be a bit of a binge blogger. I realized that I haven't posted anything since mid-January and I have all these photos of things that I have been planning (but haven't quite gotten it together enough yet) to write about. So I find myself now, sitting down...
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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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    Here, in the US, we have a tendency to, usually, serve pastas with heavy tomato sauces or white, creamy cheese sauces, but some of the best pasta dishes are simply pasta tossed with a good amount of olive oil (or butter) and some fresh or sautéed vegetables, especially come summertime when those...
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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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    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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    I'm a pig and a glutton, sometimes. I admit. It's true.. The other day, for example, I made a wonderfully simple salsa, packed with the fresh flavors of late summer. That, in and of itself, doesn't make me a glutton, but the fact that once I started eating it, I didn't stop until I had polished...
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    In my effort to add some more vegetables to my diet, I've been going through my numerous cookbooks on the cuisines of the Mediterranean region and I've come across many wonderful recipes for vegetable "stews." While many of these countries have numerous vegetarian dishes and stews I am most...
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    Last weekend my parents came up from Indiana to celebrate my Mom's 70th birthday. Neither of them were very familiar with ramps so I figured I could make a few things that showcased them. On the night of my Mom's birthday I created the Grilled Ramp Salad that I wrote about for the Chef Talk...
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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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    I'm a big fan of Indian food, but I have to admit that I haven't spent much time cooking it. This is a situation that I am planning on remedying in the near future. But I don't let this lack of actual experience hinder me from experimenting with the flavors of India. I have read enough and...
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    Thanks to my wife, we once again, belong to a CSA. It has been a couple of years since we last belonged to one and a few winters ago my wife decided it was time we joined another one, and this time she didn't want to pay for it so she decided that she would give up 4 hours a week to help at the...
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    I think everyone should keep a package or 2 of puff pastry in their freezer, ready to use at a moment's notice. I'm not talking about homemade puff pastry, but the stuff you can find in most grocery store freezers. Sure, the store bought stuff doesn't compare with the rich, buttery flakiness of...
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    It seems to be a universal truth that kids hate brussels sprouts and who can blame them, especially if they were all served like my parents served them; cooked to death then drizzled with vinegar. It's no wonder that many of us ever outgrow that hatred. That's too bad because brussels sprouts...
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    In the past few weeks I've posted a number of recipes that perfect for serving at your Thanksgiving meal. For me, Thanksgiving is all about tradition and don't like to change up the menu too much. I like my turkey, my gravy, my mashed potatoes, and stuffing...well, you get the picture. I do...
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    So I decided to sit down and write this post while my 3 year old daughter is in the bathtub. Big mistake. My office is right across the hallway from the bathroom and I leave the doors open so that I can keep an eye on her while I work. Unfortunately, she is a lot more interesting than anything I...
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    Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and I can't wait!! I love Thanksgiving; a day of cooking, eating, chilling in front of the TV, eating, playing board games, eating, hanging with family and/or friends, and eating. This year we are making the 5 hour trek to my parent's house in Indiana which...
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    It's that time of year when food sites and food blogs turn their attention to the holidays and offer up all sorts of wonderful dishes for your holiday celebrations. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these sites tend to focus on large gatherings and forget that, for many people, the holidays...
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    In an effort to curb my mama guilt and anxiety about Baby E's low veggie intake as of late, I made some of these baby cookies. Not too sweet, hearty, and soft, these small biscuits are adult friendly as well. Feel free to substitute natural peanut butter for the almond butter and half and half...
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    Here we go again.. From memory, I will try to recreate my original post of Gluten-Free and Egg Free Zucchini Pancakes. So I've decided that I'm going to write my posts in a separate place from my Wordpress App before posting it to my blog. Up until this point, being the novice and...
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