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Fran Hill

Food Columnist

Fran Hill has been blogging about food at On My Plate since October of 2006. She, her husband and two dogs reside near Colome.

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The Resourceful Chef

October 25, 2018
The right kitchen gadget can create a delicious meal and defrost a car.

A Sight for Sore Eyes

October 11, 2018
Grandma always said carrots were good for your vision. Maybe it’s not just an old wives tale.

The Season’s Last Bit of Sweetness

September 27, 2018
South Dakotans love summer sweet corn, but it’s an extra special treat in autumn.

A Simple Fix

August 30, 2018
When supper plans go awry, pasta salad saves the day.

Discovering Ground Cherries

August 16, 2018
Sweet, yet tart and tropical, these berries are a summertime staple at Burke’s farmers market.

Fresh, juicy cherries add a pop of tartness to creamy frozen yogurt. Photo by Fran Hill.

Summer Swirl

August 2, 2018
Fresh cherries blend with yogurt for a cool hot-weather treat.

In the Moment

July 5, 2018
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble reminds our food writer to hang on to summer.

Anticipating a Garden Bounty

May 24, 2018
Bell peppers are still a few months away, but a chef can dream.

Citrus Success

May 10, 2018
Whether you grow your own lemons or not, Mom will appreciate Lemon Crème Brûlée this Mother’s Day.

Easy as Tamale Pie

April 26, 2018
Here’s a Midwest twist on an authentic Mexican dish.

Pizza lovers will inhale this concoction of artichoke, spinach, tomato, salami and cheese. Photo by Fran Hill.

Adventures in Pizza Topping

March 29, 2018
From sauerkraut to brussels sprouts, almost anything goes on top of pizza crust.

Supper at the Calfeteria

March 15, 2018
Beef fajitas are a hit in cattle country.

Roasted cod with panko breading is an elevated version of the fish sticks that Fran Hill longed for as a child.

Forbidden Fish

March 1, 2018
An exiled childhood meal is an adult favorite.

Super Skillet

February 1, 2018
For some, Super Bowl Sunday is about food, not football.

When Carrots Become Candy

January 4, 2018
Eat healthy(ish) with veggies roasted in brown sugar.

To Bake or Not To Bake

December 21, 2017
Even if holiday baking seems like a chore, Peppermint Sugar Cookies are a sweet reward.

Tis the Season: Peppermint Fudge

December 7, 2017
Can fudge be light and fresh? Yes — when it's flavored with the clean taste of peppermint.

Thankful for Squash

November 22, 2017
Family tradition puts butternut squash on the Thanksgiving table.

Berries, orange juice, wine, sugar and cinnamon make a delicious Thanksgiving cranberry sauce.

Can the Can

November 9, 2017
This homemade cranberry sauce is so good it might upstage the bird.

An Apple a Day

October 26, 2017
Do they still keep you healthy if you put them in cookies?

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