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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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How to Grow Horseradish

  I love the pungency of horseradish but have found that here in America, we limit ourselves in our culinary uses of it. I think some of these limits stem from the fact that we haven’t had a lot of ...

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Keep Meals Fresh with a Home Garden All Year Long

  Are you someone who likes to grow your own garden, sad that the summer gardening season is over, or didn’t get a chance to start one this year? Well, it's not too late! I have the perfect solution ...

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Oh Shoot! How to Grow Your Own Microgreens

  I love gardening during the spring and summer, but like most Chicagoans and other city dwellers, I don't have a backyard. So I turn to my sunniest windows for herbs, tomatoes and other edible ...

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When the Parents are Away, Baby Girl will Can

I don’t know about you, but one my favorite food products at The Chopping Block is a brand of candied jalapeños called Jalapeño Gold. This product is like a jar of heaven. These little nuggets pack a ...

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Spring Green Asparagus Queen

After a long winter, there is something so exhilarating about the coming of spring. Every day there is something new to photograph in the garden.

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Summer is in Bloom at Chicago Botanic Garden

My parents were in town this weekend and given all the happenings in Chicago, I had a hard time deciding on what to do with them. Should we go downtown and see the tall ships, visit one of the many ...

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A Dog's Ode to Bacon

Summer is in full swing, kids! I’m sure right now you are on a boat, playing croquet, grilling out or applying a good layer of SPF 95. I am a huge fan of summer. I love being hot, eating snow cones ...

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Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch

There’s a holiday called “Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch” and it falls on August 8th. I think this may be my favorite holiday because what on earth am I going to do with all of the ...

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You Say Tomato, I Say Toh-OMG-gimme-one

Like lots of people, I often crave things that aren’t that good for me: chilled Diet Coke over ice, the perfect potato chip, pastries/breads/pasta/anything with enriched white flour. You know, the ...

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