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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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Mozzarella s mores are a savory appetizer perfect for fire pits and patio parties.

Delicious Pyromania

June 26, 2013
Playing with fire is fun when you’re toasting up savory mozzarella s’mores.

Photo by Fran Hill.

Don’t Give Dad the Gift of Food Poisoning

June 13, 2013
Remember a few common-sense tips to keep your summer cookouts safe.

Garlic spaghetti with beans and arugula contains pantry staples jazzed up with a couple of garden-fresh favorites. Photo by Fran Hill.

The Advantages of the Prairie Pantry

May 29, 2013
For country or small town dwellers, a well-stocked kitchen is a must.

The runny yellow yolk of a fried egg perfectly compliments Fran Hill s earthy potato and spinach hash.

Put an Egg on It

May 16, 2013
The runny yellow yolk of a fried egg perfectly compliments Fran Hill's earthy potato and spinach hash.

Warm, sweet clementine muffins with orange honey butter bring a glow to our chilly South Dakota spring. Photo by Fran Hill.

A Warm Orange Glow

April 18, 2013
Clementine muffins with orange honey butter provide the warmth this South Dakota spring is lacking.

Shredded chicken, black beans and flavorful spices combined make a delicious burrito. Photo by Fran Hill.

Spring Chickens

April 4, 2013
Although raising baby chicks is tempting, storebought fowl goes into Fran Hill's flavorful burritos.

Fran Hill prefers chicken fried chicken over ordinary fried chicken.

My Thing

March 11, 2013
Fried chicken vs. chicken fried chicken?

Melty gooeyness is essential for this deviled chili cheese dog recipe. (Click photo to enlarge)

Hot Dogs

February 21, 2013
The Dakota Dachshund Rescue helps find new family members and a little inspiration for chili cheese dogs.

Celebrate Cheesecake Day early with some brownie cherry cheesecake goodness.

Let Them Eat Cheesecake

January 24, 2013
Need an excuse to celebrate? This chocolaty cherry dessert is a party waiting to happen.

Soaking pork chops in a flavorful, beery brine results in most, tender meat. Photo by Fran Hill.

Post-Christmas Pork

January 10, 2013
Taking down decorations brews up a hunger for moist, tender chops.

Tart lemon and fine bits of garlic create a bright dressing ideal for zinging up winter salads.

Keeping It Light

December 27, 2012
Aromatic garlic and tart lemon juice make an easy, light salad dressing to brighten up green salads.

Cinnamon applesauce ornaments are a fragrant, crafty addition to the Christmas tree. Photos by Fran Hill. Click to enlarge photos.

Have Yourself a Crafty Little Christmas

December 13, 2012
Cinnamon and applesauce create an easy, fragrant Christmas tree addition that even little hands can help make.

Juicy bits of pomegranate and mandarin orange combine in Fran Hill s delicious winter salad.

Juicy Bits

November 29, 2012
Succulent mandarin oranges and pomegranate seeds combine with iceberg lettuce for a crunchy, wintry salad.

You won t be hungry after indulging in an open-faced hot chicken sandwich with mushroom gravy. Photo by Fran Hill.

Out of the Mouths of Babes

November 15, 2012
Colome's second graders give good lunch advice.

Fran s recipe for fresh green beans in rich, creamy sauce elevates a holiday favorite to new heights. Photo by Fran Hill.

Freshening Up Tradition

October 18, 2012
A new take on that old holiday favorite, green bean casserole.

Versatile slow-cooked, shredded pork tastes great in tacos, enchiladas, sandwiches, soups and more. Photo by Fran Hill.

What a Crock

October 4, 2012
Spice things up with slow-cooked shredded pork.

Preserving spicy, smoky salsa helps carry summer s flavors into fall and winter. Photo by Fran Hill.

Holding on to Summer

September 20, 2012
At season's end, preserve the heat of summer in a jar.

The Andouille sausage for these sausage and shrimp skewers can be hard to find on the prairie, but local meat lockers may have a good substitute. Photo by Fran Hill.

Sharing "Difficult" Recipes

September 6, 2012
Sometimes a recipe is too good not to share — even if the ingredients aren't small town grocery store staples.

Zucchini Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies make a lightly spiced, cream-filled treat for young scholars. Photo by Fran Hill.

After School Treat

August 23, 2012
A zucchini-based sandwich cookie is a good snack for budding scholars.

Creamy, garlicky zucchini alfredo will change your mind about the garden s most feared vegetable. Photo by Fran Hill.

Fear No More

August 9, 2012
Don't let National Zucchini Day strike terror in your heart.

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