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Adventures in Fungus Fruition

  I joined the team at The Chopping Block two years ago, and the change of career trajectory was very apparent right from the start. After working almost 20 years in some of the hardest, and not so ...

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Three Easy Soups in Less than 15 Minutes

I’m generally not a fan of cold weather. It’s uncomfortable and managing the layers of clothing is a nuisance.  However, I have four decades of successfully coping with Midwest winter, and I’m not ...

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Don't Miss Mushrooms at your Farmers Market

    When I stopped by the Logan Square Farmers Market a couple of weeks ago, I visited River Valley Ranch Farm's stand. They are from Burlington, Wisconsin and are the oldest mushroom farm in the ...

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Quiche for Every Meal

    I'm a sucker for quiche on any menu. When I'm traveling, I always seek out the best bakery in town to try their quiche. Paired with a green salad tossed with a bright vinaigrette, quiche is the ...

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Mushrooms and Polenta

  One of the things I love most about farmers markets is discovering that something unexpected is in season. I always buy whatever it is, whether it was on my shopping list or not, and rush home to ...

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Why make a Sweet Cheesecake when you can make a Savory One?

  If you love cheesecake like I do, you need to make this savory Mushroom Cheesecake Tart.

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Corn and Potato Soup in Mushroom Broth

  I love going to the farmers market, and as luck would have it, my office is right across the street from the Daley Center. Every Thursday I do my customary walk around the market to see what’s ...

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How to Cook Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms

  I'm in mushroom ecstasy as this is a banner year on my property in Michigan for wild mushrooms! My Hen of the Woods mushrooms have returned in abundance so I have been busy cooking and preserving ...

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Foraging and Cooking Puffball Mushrooms

  My latest edition on foraging and cooking wild mushrooms features a relatively new mushroom for me: the Puffball. I grew up hunting morels but living in urban environments for the last 30+ years, I ...

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Mushrooms On My Mind: The Tale of a Fungi

"Yuck! Mushrooms!" How many times have I heard that exclamation from the mouths of kids (and many of my beloved adult friends and family). If you are a mushroom hater, I understand you: the texture ...

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