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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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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.

Without cucumbers, there can be no crisp, delicious refrigerator pickles. Photo by Fran Hill.

In a Pickle

July 25, 2012
This record-breakingly hot summer is leaving one South Dakota foodie cucumberless.

Strawberry Rhubarb Upside-down Cake is a vintage church cookbook treasure. Photo by Fran Hill.

Antique Versus Vintage

July 11, 2012
Strawberry rhubarb upside-down cake is a easy-to-make treat with vintage style.

A fresh, crisp salad is a new way to enjoy sweet corn. Photo by Fran Hill.

Knee-High by the Fourth of July

June 28, 2012
Enjoy summer's sweet corn bounty with a fresh corn and radish salad.

Sinfully creamy strawberry mousse. Photo by Fran Hill.

The War for the Strawberries

June 14, 2012
When squirrels attack the berry patch, fight back.

A slightly thickened soup with shredded chicken and spicy flavor. Photo by Fran Hill.

Smells Like Feet But Good to Eat

May 30, 2012
Curry can be a acquired taste/aroma, but this warming, delicious soup recipe might convert you.

Mini zucchini frittatas are a nice, healthy surprise breakfast for anyone s mom. Photo by Fran Hill.

Frittatas for Mama

May 9, 2012
Need a breakfast in bed idea for Mom this Sunday? Look no further.

A chunk of poached salmon generously slathered with homemade tartar sauce is only slightly more difficult to prepare than boiled water. Photo by Fran Hill.

In Hot Water

April 25, 2012
Get yourself out of hot water by slipping a packet of salmon in.

This sandwich goes in your mouth, not under your feet. Photo by Fran Hill.

I Stepped on a Sandwich

April 11, 2012
Please don't trample Fran's favorite meaty, cheesy panini.

Asparagus Carbonara is a creamy showcase for fresh spring asparagus. Photo by Fran Hill.

Strike It Rich

March 28, 2012
A bountiful asparagus bed provided the inspiration for this richly filling pasta dish.

Lucky Irish Soda Bread is an easy, if untraditional, addition to one s Saint Patrick s Day feast.

Luck of the Irish

March 14, 2012
A sweet, biscuity soda bread makes a great addition to a Saint Patrick's Day feast.

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