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Meat is Soooo Boring!

     The typical American meal is a meat centerpiece with a couple of vegetable side dishes, one of them usually potatoes. The side vegetable portion is usually about three ounces. There are really only six or seven types of protein (with some subtle variations) to choose from and the standard Midwestern diet relies almost entirely on three or four. There are countless types of vegetables. We've relegated the largest portion of our foodstuffs to an afterthought on our plates
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Brown Rice Risotto with Apples

It was pointed out to me that this risotto recipe was missing the rice. That seems unfair. Here is the completed recipe. A hearty dish for a chilly winter evening.
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If you have a root cellar.....

Rutabaga and Pear Bake
 
We are deep in to storage vegetable season. This is a rich and comforting side dish. and could easily be made with apples.
 
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Grab and Green

It's 5:30 on a weeknight in February. You find yourself the last in a line of cars at the nearest burger joint. The choice seemed easy. Grab some grub on the way home for the family. They have 45 minutes to eat before Johnny's hockey game. You don't have time to think about the choice and really don't want to be bothered. You hand over a remarkably small amount of money and are handed a sack full of food. You check to see if the order is complete. Four burgers and a fried chicken sandwich
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Mushrooms Are Always Seasonal

Hot and Sour Mushroom Soup
 
A vegetarian staple of Chinese restaurants, this soup is simple and bold. It's an awesome start to a zesty noodle bowl.
 
 
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