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4 Things to Do with Pumpkin Besides Make a Pie

  I am infamous in my family for my deep, passionate dislike for pumpkin pie. In a family of pumpkin pie lovers, I stand out as the black sheep, opting instead for the apple pie, pumpkin cake, or ...

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Roasted Tomato Pepper Soup with a Protein Pump

  Now that football has started and the weather is cooling down more and more each day, it is time to harvest the last of our garden’s gifts! This is a bittersweet time for me, but I love the ...

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Make the Most of Fall's Favorite Fruit: Apples

The sounds of pie making in our Lincoln Square kitchens last week brought back memories of Apple Fest in years past. In 2019, our culinary team made and sold 800 (!) of our famous Apple Pies, the ...

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Fall Squash Combo Favorite

  Once Fall weather starts to hit, I start thinking about all those cooler-weather dishes that make me feel so warm and comfy! At the top of my list is roasted delicata squash, with butternut squash ...

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Fall Risotto

I had never heard of risotto until I met my late husband who is half Italian. I can say that now, because he wished he was 100% Italian (his father was born in Florence, Italy) but his Mom was born ...

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Vegetarian Harvest: Falling for Brussels Sprouts

  It appears that summer is hanging on as long as possible, and I'm totally cool with that. The longer I can wear flip flops the better! But, because I develop the curriculum at The Chopping Block ...

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5 Easy Desserts to Master This Fall

  I can already feel the comments flooding in, so let me just get this out of the way: I am very aware that, officially, we are still in the throes of a Midwestern summer (new band name; I call it!). ...

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7 Genius Tips For Throwing An Autumn Barbecue

The smell of barbecue in the air is often synonymous with a warm summer day, but as those long days roll into the crisp temperatures of autumn, that does not mean you have to pack up your grill. In ...

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Cool Weather is Baking Time 

  I have spent the last couple of weeks journaling my recent wilderness trip. I was hoping to have it ready in time for this month's blog, but stay tuned for it next month! In the meantime, fall has ...

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Chili

When the leaves start falling and the air outside gets colder, I like to make my go-to chili recipe. There is something so comforting about chili to me in the midst of fall and winter. If you read my ...

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