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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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Ham and asparagus lasagna combines the flavors of a traditional Easter meal with hearty pasta and a creamy cheese sauce.

New Traditions Are Rising

April 17, 2014
Swap your baked Easter ham for a rich ham and asparagus lasagna.

Salsa verde is found in Mexican, French, German, Italian and Argentinian cuisines.

Need for Green

April 3, 2014
It’s time for the fresh, vibrant flavors of spring.

Corned beef and cabbage is tradition on St. Patrick s Day.

My Problem with Corned Beef and Cabbage

March 17, 2014
Our food columnist searches for ways to spice up this traditional Irish dish.

Warm and cheesy tortellini with corn and bacon tops Kraft mac and cheese any day.

Not the Blue Box

February 6, 2014
Shelved mac and cheese pales in comparison to this homemade version.

In winter, replace juicy garden tomatoes with beets in your romaine salad.

Beeting the Winter Blues

January 23, 2014
South Dakotans longing for garden tomatoes can persevere with vibrant beets.

Use Shrimp Scampi and Chicken Sausage with Spinach as a party appetizer or toss it with pasta for a complete meal. Photo by Fran Hill.

Dear Brian

January 9, 2014
Fran Hill's shrimp scampi with chicken sausage and spinach recipe will satisfy at least one hungry reader.

With the right gadgets, cooking up pecan-crusted chicken with au gratin potato stacks is a snap. Photo by Fran Hill.

Gadgets for the Cook

December 12, 2013
A couple of kitchen tools make it easy to prepare pecan-crusted chicken and au gratin potato stacks.

Give thanks for Thanksgiving leftovers with cheesy turkey quesadillas with roasted chiles and flavorful ham. Photo by Fran Hill.

I Am Thankful

November 27, 2013
This recipe for poblano, ham and turkey quesadillas inspires extra gratitude for Thanksgiving and its leftovers.

Photo by Fran Hill.

What Time Is Dinner?

November 14, 2013
Make Thanksgiving a real feast day by starting out with creamy autumn yogurt parfaits.

Photo by Fran Hill.

Go Eat Worms!

October 30, 2013
An easy, playful sandwich fuels little ghouls and goblins for a night of Halloween fun.

Photo by Fran Hill.

Turning Into a Pumpkin

October 17, 2013
Spiced pumpkin cake drizzled with warm caramel sauce makes the perfect fall comfort food.

Quinoa is an ancient, nutritious grain that s easy to prepare. Photo by Fran Hill.

It Takes All Kinds

October 3, 2013
Explore the healthy end of the food trend spectrum with quinoa, an ancient grain-like seed.

Hearty poblano and corn crab chowder eases the transition from summer to fall. Photo by Fran Hill.

Bridging the Seasons

September 19, 2013
A hearty poblano and corn crab chowder uses fresh garden ingredients to ease the transition from summer to fall.

Photo by Fran Hill.

Don't Tell Roger

August 22, 2013
Summer squash haters don't need to know what's inside these delicious meatballs.

Fran's Garden Burgers

August 8, 2013
Meat substitutes don't satisfy the way this beef-free, garden fresh summer treat does.

Photo by Fran Hill.

Summer Bucket List

July 25, 2013
Check picnicking off your summer to-do list with Fran Hill's flavorful pressed sandwich.

Fresh, bright and cool, this watermelon-cucumber concoction makes a great summer salad. Photo by Fran Hill.

Thumping My Melon

July 10, 2013
How do you pick a good watermelon?

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.

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