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Garlic Scapes: The Edible Flower

Scapes are here! Many are unaware of this wonderful vegetable, but if you know where to look for them during this brief season, you are in for a treat. Scapes are only around in late spring - early ...

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Pikliz: The Haitian Condiment You Need for Summer

May was Haitian Heritage month. My husband is Haitian, and I’m always looking to learn more about Haitian cuisine so I can pass that part of her heritage onto my daughter. I learned a long time ago ...

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Teaming Up with Driftless Prairie Meats and Market

Farmers market season is finally upon us. One of my favorite parts of shopping at the market is being able to meet the farmers and become familiar with where my food is coming from. I love that The ...

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Beet Hummus is your Gateway to Loving Beets

If you haven't yet jumped on the beet bandwagon, consider this your official invitation! Beets are truly one of nature's vibrant treasures, and there's no better way to dive in than with a delicious ...

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How to Make Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam

When you visit your friend who has a fabulous garden full of fruit, vegetables and herbs, and she gives you more rhubarb than you know what to do with, you make jam. Rhubarb is a perennial plant ...

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My Favorite Potato Salad

With the official first day of Summer not scheduled for another few weeks, Memorial Day always seems to be the unofficial start of the season. It certainly was for us! While we ate indoors, our first ...

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Set Yourself Up For Success with One Pot Cooking

Five years ago, I was diagnosed with a large brain tumor and went through several surgeries to have it removed. Needless to say, this was a life-changing event! It took me 45 years and a life of ...

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Sweet and Savory Delight: How to Make Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

When you take one of The Chopping Block's culinary vacations with Onward Travel, you will be part of a small group of travelers who all enjoy food and wine. Each group is different, of course, but ...

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Chinese 5-Spice Chicken

One of the most impossible questions I get asked as a chef is “What is your favorite thing to cook?” It's hard to answer because I rarely cook the exact same dish twice! The exception to this rule is ...

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Plum and Basil Upside Down Cake

Finally, it’s plum season! Plums are typically in season May through October, but they are at their peak in June through August in the U.S. California grows the majority of domestic plums, but ...

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