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A Photo Essay from a Day in a Chef's Kitchen

  I woke up on this day with plans for a couple of kitchen projects, but a mid-morning delivery from a nearby friend inspired an expansion of the plans. We had recently visited her new home on ...

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5 Ways to Use Up the Greens Going Bad in Your Fridge

  If you’re anything like me, your fridge is a wreck and has been since approximately this time last year. Cleaning out the refrigerator (especially in the midst of a pandemic) is an onerous task to ...

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Too Many Herbs? Try These Tips

  I love using fresh herbs, but often find myself with leftovers I cannot use up before they go bad. A lot of stores are now selling them in plastic packages that come in one size only. Need one ...

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Preserve Summer with Herb Salt

Now that it seems warm weather has finally taken root here in Chicago, we can enjoy all the new flavors that warmth brings. A new season of fruits and vegetables is certainly an exciting prospect, ...

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Grow Plants Year Round with a Moving Game

  It's finally gardening season! I started a garden for the first time last year, and it grew to 26 potted plants growing on my balcony. I moved some inside for winter and a handful of the ones that ...

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10 Things to Make with Too Many Herbs

  As any of you who have a garden know, keeping up with herbs can be a bit of a challenge. Every summer I try to grow enough herbs and vegetables for me and my husband to eat through the entire ...

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Drying Herbs and Using Dried Herbs

  Growing up in Iowa we didn’t grow or use fresh herbs. I think many people especially in the Midwest never experienced them, at least of my generation. Once chefs and home cooks everywhere started ...

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Got Sad Looking Herbs? Make a Simple Syrup!

  Does this sound familiar? You need two or three tablespoons of an herb for a recipe. However, your grocery store only sells herbs in large bunches, so you have no choice but to buy the whole ...

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Know Your Herbs

A lot of us don’t want to admit this, but summer here in Chicago is winding down, and it's already starting to feel like fall. But the farmers markets are still going strong, and there is an ...

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A Beginner's Guide to Fresh Herbs and Spices

  When it comes to the use of herbs and spices, many of us think we’ve got it down pat. I know there was a time when I thought I was doing it right by shaking in some chili powder and dried oregano ...

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