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Spiced Cranberries

We’re in the long slog part of winter. The holiday season is far behind us, and spring in Chicago is still months away. This is, for me, the toughest time of year. I get stir crazy. I long for sunlight that stays past five o’clock and for sidewalks that don’t end in ankle-deep gray slush …

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Cranberry Clementine Smoothie. A creamy jewel-toned smoothie that comes together in minutes. Vegan, gluten free, dairy free. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

Cranberry Clementine Smoothie

January is always the toughest month for me for cooking. There’s a post-holiday malaise that hangs over the kitchen. I try to balance the excesses of December with austerity, but it’s hard to get excited about much of the seasonal produce when the pickings are slim. Oh, I like root vegetables and cabbage and squash but sometimes …

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Eggplant Caponata. A simple, classic Sicilian antipasto. One of the best things you can do with eggplant. An amazing make-ahead appetizer for your next dinner party. Gluten free, vegan, vegetarian. www.blossomtostem.net

Eggplant Caponata

I have this love-hate relationship with eggplant. Almost anyone who has ever been a vegetarian has been served some sad bitter under- or over-cooked eggplant dish as the vegetarian option at a mediocre catered event. Maybe it’s a greasy, oddly chewy eggplant parmesan or part of the sad filling next to the limp and watery …

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