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Tomato Tart with Cornmeal Crust

  It seems like everyone has an opinion these days, and they will defend their viewpoint loudly and emphatically. But there may be one thing we can all agree on  -  there is nothing more welcome than ...

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The Art of Marinated Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Every year, I look forward to the warm weather beckoning me to start my annual garden. Don’t get too excited. I don’t have a sprawling backyard, or any backyard for that matter – this garden is a ...

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App Pops

  A couple of weeks ago my husband & I went to an event that had the best appetizers! They were generously passed with little signs on the trays as to what they were. Not only were they delicious, ...

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Get Your Summer Tomato Fix Year Round

Great food is all about seizing opportunity, which is why I love this time of year. Nearly everything is in season, and farmers' markets are operating at near peak volume in both variety of products ...

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Time to Get Squashed

Apparently I can’t stop blogging about squash, but I had an amazing squash revelation that I need to share with you. It was the most inspiring culinary moment I have had all summer.

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Just Can’t Let It Go

My last blog was a month ago, and I had just gotten back from vacationing in Oregon, both in the Willamette Valley and at the coast. I wrote about the crabbing experience that my husband and I had ...

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Chicago’s 5th Season: “Sprinter”

I have recently come to the conclusion that Chicago actually has five seasons: fall, winter, "sprinter", spring and summer. Sprinter is the period of time we are in now, between the last couple of ...

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