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Brown Butter Filet Mignon Tagliatelle with Mushrooms & Asparagus
Decadent, Gluten-free

This is the perfect weekend recipe when you want to take that extra step for a beautiful and delicious pasta dish. 

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Plant Boss Veggie Burger
Vegetarian

Plant Boss is our newest brand of plant-based products. We put it on our new St. Pierre Brioche buns, added a slice of Truly Grassfed cheddar cheese, and topped it off with our seasonal Green Goddess dressing!

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Zucchini & Mushroom Stromboli featuring Janie's Mill Flour
Local, Vegetarian

Homemade Stromboli is an easy and fun alternative to pizza! This Stromboli is tasty and kid friendly and can be adjusted to suit your favorite veggies, meats and cheeses.

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Homemade Potato Gnocchi with Roasted Root Vegetables
Vegetarian

Settle into the cold weather with this extra-comforting homemade potato gnocchi, served with roasted winter root vegetables and a creamy brown butter sauce.

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5 Spice Tofu Ramen
Vegan, Soup

When the weather starts to turn, one of my favorite things to make to settle in and get cozy is ramen. This ramen is far from authentic, and blends many different types of cuisines but man it is delicious!

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Vegan Lentil Mushroom Meatballs
Makes 15 meatballs
Vegan, Budget

These are the best vegan meatballs I've ever tasted - made from green lentils, sautéed mushrooms, and breadcrumbs! This recipe is great if you have leftover green lentils and want to throw together a delicious and hearty vegan meal on a budget.

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Italian Ground Beef Meatballs
Budget

Try this budget-friendly recipe highlighting our Co+op Basic's grassfed Thousand Hills Ground Beef. These meatballs are a great addition to any Italian pasta dish and are super quick to make!

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Community Garden Grown: Liz's Tomato Soup Recipe
Vegetarian, Soup, Summer, Seasonal, Quick

A few weeks ago, I finally had enough tomatoes to make one of my favorites, tomato soup. I didn't care that it was 95 degrees that day - I was making soup. This recipe is super quick and simple, but is some of the best tomato soup I've ever had.

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Plant-based Miso Ramen
vegan, soup, Gluten-free

Try this soothing miso vegetable ramen chock full of local winter produce, including shiitake mushrooms, scallions, carrots, and radishes. This cozy recipe will bring you comfort all while incorporating those whole foods your body craves.

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Spicy Pork Ramen
Soup, Gluten-free

This spicy ramen is perfect to make on a cold weekend. This recipe walks you through how to slow cook local pork shoulder, how to prepare tasty ramen broth, and what local winter vegetables go great with black forbidden rice ramen noodles.

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Homemade Carrot Tomato Sauce
Vegan, Sauce, Budget, Gluten-free

This budget friendly tomato sauce is my secret tomato sauce. This recipe is best if started early on a weekend and allowed to simmer for a few hours. The local carrots will fully soften and meld with the sweet tomatoes.

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Local Western Bacon Sliders with Fried Cheese Curds
Local, Decadent

These are not healthy, but boy, are they a tasty time! Join me in my self-indulgent journey with these Local Western Bacon Sliders with fried cheese curds.

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Chicken Piccata Sheet Tray meal
Quick

This lemony chicken piccata is absolutely delicious - you'll have to try this baked version. This sheet tray meal is meant for days you just want to throw ingredients on a pan, step away from the kitchen, and pull out a ready-to-eat dinner from the oven.

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Spinach Squash Lasagna
Seasonal, Vegetarian

This special fall lasagna uses leftover local buttercup squash soup instead of the traditional tomato sauce. Just layer your ingredients and stick it in the oven to cook!

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Thai Green Curry Chicken
Gluten-free

This is definitely my favorite curry recipe. It's brothy, full of vegetables, and the chicken is so tender.

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Four Easy Chicken Marinades & Rubs
Meal prep, Gluten-free

Shake up your weekly lunches with new spice blends that will transform your meals for the upcoming week! Try these four easy chicken marinades and rubs including teriyaki chicken, yogurt-marinated baharat chicken, coconut curry chicken, and chili lime chicken - a perfect introduction to meal prep!

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Gnocchi with White Beans & Kale in Garlic Cream Sauce
Vegetarian

This gnocchi recipe is absolutely delicious and packs tons of nutrition with the addition of kale and white beans. You could use cannellini or great northern beans as well. A rich and comforting garlic cream sauce brings it all together for a satisfying meal.

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Spicy Sofritas Burrito Bowl
Vegan, Budget-friendly

This sofritas burrito bowl recipe is a light and hearty meal with just enough spice to give it an excellent kick. It is packed with protein and veggies and is super simple to prepare! The recipe is great on its own, but can always be altered by adding your favorite toppings.

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Co+op Basics: Strawberry Blueberry Banana Smoothie
Quick, Healthy, Affordable, Drinks

We've got some new frozen fruit on the shelves from Field Day, so we thought the best way to celebrate was with a smoothie! This smoothie is super easy to make and has yogurt to make it extra tasty and creamy. Almost all of the ingredients are part of our Co+op Basics line!

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Co+op Basics: Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars
Affordable, Dessert

We've got a big batch dessert recipe featuring Co+op Basics! These peanut butter bars are easy and delicious, and sneak in some healthy rolled oats. This recipe makes a TON of bars - great for an on-the-go snack or light after dinner dessert. The best part? It uses 7 different Co+op Basics products!

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Co-op Basics: Tofu Fried Rice
Vegetarian, Budget-friendly

You don't have to get take-out to eat fried rice! Fried rice is once of the most comforting, delicious, and easiest dishes to make at home. his rice is also super affordable at only $2.02 per serving, and features products from our Co+op Basics line!

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Co+op Basics: Hearty Lentil Stew
Vegetarian, Affordable, Soup

Even though the weather is heating up, there is still something wonderful about a hot, hearty soup. This lentil stew is packed with vegetables and spices, is super filling and makes an enormous amount! t's also super affordable and features 11 different Co+op Basics products!

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Co+op Basics: Nachos

These nachos couldn't get any easier! All the ingredients get layered together and baked in the oven. The best part is that it features ingredients from our Co+op Basics line which means it is easy and affordable.

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Co+op Basics: Pasta with Chickpeas in Tomato Sauce

This pasta recipe is a hearty and comforting meal that brings a little heat. Delicious and nutritious with protein packed beans and leafy kale, this pasta is a complete meal that is easy and affordable.

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Co+op Basics: Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Breakfast, Vegetarian, Quick

This is a quick and easy overnight oats recipe that can be whipped up in no time! Featuring items from our Co+op Basics line, this breakfast comes in at just $1.29 per serving!

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Co-op Basics: Corn & Zucchini Frittata
Breakfast, Brunch, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

This quick and easy frittata is the perfect blend of hearty eggs and light, refreshing corn and zucchini. Featuring items from our Co-op basics line, this breakfast comes in at just $1 a serving.

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Co-op Basics: Brown Rice Risotto with Green Peas & Cheddar
Dinner, Vegetarian

This recipe takes all the work out of classic risotto, but doesn't skimp on flavor and creaminess. Starring short grain brown rice and peas, this is a simple and comforting dinner. This recipe features items from our Co-op Basics line and comes in at just $1.86 per serving!

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Co+op Basics: Tofu Curry with Rice
Vegan

This simple tofu curry dish is warm and comforting with a mild level of spice. Featuring items from our Co+op Basics line, this dish comes in at just $2.50 per serving.

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Melon Mint Salad
Spring, Vegetarian

This salad features sweet cantaloupe paired with cucumber & tomato, tossed in a simple dressing and balanced out by savory feta cheese. It is a perfect appetizer for a barbeque or a lovely dinner on the patio.

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Roasted Root Vegetables with Miso Tahini Dressing
Vegetarian, Vegetables, Seasonal

This seasonal recipe features beautiful root vegetables including 3 different kind of radishes! All topped off with a creamy miso tahini dressing.

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Local Cheese Curd & Tomato Panzanella Salad
Vegetarian, Local, Seasonal, Salad

Cheese curds are back! After a long hiatus, we have cheese curds from local farm Marcoot Jersey Creamery! This tomato, cucumber, and cheese curd panzanella salad is topped off with a simple red wine vinaigrette making it the perfect blend of light vegetables and decadent cheese curds.

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Game Day Hot Bean Dip
Vegetarian, Decadent, Seasonal, Dips

This hot and cheesy bean dip is the perfect savory snack for when you're watching the game or hanging out! This recipe was my favorite dip to eat as a kid and is an adaptation of my mom's recipe.

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Purple Mashed Potatoes
Holiday

Want to make mashed potatoes more special for the holidays? Use local purple mashed potatoes from PrairiErth Farm! It makes a pretty lavender-colored mashed potatoes. Leave the skins on and boil the potatoes whole to keep more of the color.

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A Taste of China: Cantonese Cuisine with Paul Young

Here are all the recipes from our recent Taste of China class with instructor Paul Young! Known as the most popular style of Chinese cooking outside of China, Cantonese cooking traditions are diverse and emphasize the natural flavors of the ingredients.

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Nigerian Edikaikong Soup & Eba with Tutu Fabusoro

Ms. Adetutu "Tutu" Fabusoro teaches how to make Edikaikong Soup with kale, spinach, goat meat, and different types of fish served with Eba made with Garri. Tutu will teach you a traditional dish that reminds her of her home and culture in Nigeria, specifically the Yoruba Ethnic group.

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A Taste of Asia with Paul Young

These are all the recipes from our recent cooking class, A Taste of Asia with Paul Young! This is an introduction to Asian cuisines, surveying the flavor profiles of Chinese, Vietnamese,  Thai and Japanese traditions.

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Indian Thali with Sirisha Bhandaru

Learn to cook an Indian vegetarian thali-style meal! Sirisha has curated a healthy and delicious thali featuring home cooked dishes including Khamang Kakdi, a refreshing cucumber salad; Vegetable Poriyal, a light and simple stir fried vegetable; green mung bean curry; and basmati rice. 

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Swahili Recipes with My Swahili Kitchen
Virtual Class

Learn how to make traditional Swahili cuisine with Nazma M. Ali, caterer and owner of My Swahili Kitchen!

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Indian Dishes with Sirisha Bhandaru
Vegetarian, Virtual Class

Learn how to make delicious Indian dishes including Roasted Veggie Chaat, Palak Paneer, and Rose Petal Dark Chocolate Bark with Sirisha Bhandaru.

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Greek Dishes with Katie Chamberlain & George Kritikos

Learn how to make traditional Greek dishes with Co-op owners! Join Katie & George as they share their tips on making family recipes including chicken souvlakia, tzatziki, fassolia, and horiatiki.

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Huan's Chinese Cooking Class Meals
Virtual Class

We recently hosted our 3rd virtual cooking class with meal kit! Co-op teacher Huan shared her recipes with us to create a fully home-cooked Chinese meal. Tomato Egg Drop Soup, Sichuan Style Blistered Green Beans, Smashed Cucumber Salad, and Fish Fragrant Eggplant.

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Cooking Class with Janie's Mill: Handmade Linguine with Roasted Fresh Tomato Sauce & Autumn Vegetable Salad
Vegetarian, Virtual Class

Learn how to make fresh homemade pasta with Celia, test baker at Janie's Mill in Ashkum IL!

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Huan's Shrimp Wontons in Chili Oil
Appetizer

When it’s raining and cold outside, digging into a steaming bowl of wonton soups is a sure fire way to warm the soul and lift the spirit. Wontons are one of my favorite foods in the world and that love was cultivated at a young age thanks to my grandparents.

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Darya's Ghormeh Sabzi and Tahdig e Nan
Vegan

Ghormeh Sabzi is a very popular dish in Iran, and is something I grew up eating with my family. It is traditionally made with lamb or beef, but given that I am vegan, I made this with seitan! It is one of my favorite meals, and I am so excited to share it with you! I hope you love it :)

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Quentin's Choux a la Creme
Dessert, Baking

Choux à la crème (cream puffs) are a staple of French baking tradition. We eat them at weddings, family reunions, or every time we want to feel a bit fancy!

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Sirisha's Indian Cooking Class Recipes
Vegetarian, Gluten-free

Co-op teacher Sirisha joined us for our first virtual cooking class of the season! Paneer Makhani, Red Lentil Dal with Seasonal Greens, and Basmati Rice come together for a delicious and authentic Indian dinner!

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Quentin's Crepe Recipes
Baking, Decadent, Dessert

Co-op instructor Quentin joined us for a virtual crepe cooking class! Learn to make a sweet crepe suzette and a savory galette bretonne with ham, Havarti & egg!

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Leah's Mediterranean Cooking Class Recipes

Local chef Lisa from Blue Dragonfly catering shows us how to create a sheet pan Mediterranean chicken (or tofu!) dish along with an orange olive oil cake.

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Sarah's Irish Stew & Soda Bread Scones Cooking Class

Co-op instructor Sarah shares her family recipes for stew & scones!

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Mixed Mushroom Hand Pies

In honor of the return of bulk mushrooms to our produce cooler, we whipped up some savory mushroom hand pies!

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Game Day Loaded Kimchi Fries

These loaded Kimchi fries are super easy and taste AMAZING. This is the perfect decadent dish for snacking during the big game.

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Pierogis with Gorgonzola & Bell Pepper
Vegetarian, Baking, Decadent

These potato pierogis are an exciting dish to make with a partner, kiddo, or your quaranteam. Make one batch and you'll have decadent pierogis for days!

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Beat & Onion Galette
Vegetarian, Holiday, Decadent, Baking

This savory puff pastry galette makes a fancy appetizer that is perfect for the holidays. This recipe is quick to assemble and uses seasonal and local winter roots!

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Homemade Soft Pretzels
Makes 12 pretzels
Baking, Decadent

Take your baking to the next level with these epic homemade pretzels. This recipe is a great project to do on a night in with friends or family! Plus, this mustard cheese sauce is an absolute game changer.

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Asparagus Quiche with Hazelnut Crust

Learn how to make a delicious asparagus quiche with local herbs and a homemade hazelnut crust that highlights perennial crops that can be grown here in Illinois!

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Choritzo Tofu Breakfast Scramble
Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free

Our grocery department recently brought in a new brand of tofu - Pumfu! Pumfu marinates well and is very versatile, and can be used for sandwiches, stir-frys, scrambles and even desserts. We used the Chorizo variety to create a delicious vegan breakfast scramble!

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Chorizo Frittata with Sriracha Cheese Curds
Local

This spicy frittata is sure to delight! Made with mostly local ingredients, this egg dish comes together quickly for a cozy and warming breakfast.

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Holiday Brunch Cooking Class Recipes
Brunch, Breakfast, Vegetarian, Virtual Class

Stay in this weekend and enjoy a cozy, decadent holiday brunch!

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Black Bean Ranch Wrap
Vegetarian, Quick, Co-op Made

Our kitchen makes the most amazing black bean burgers! We decided to try one with our new Maria & Ricardo's spinach wrap and it certainly didn't disappoint. With fresh vegetables and tasty ranch dressing, this is a super quick, fresh and nutritious lunch.

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Plum Jam & Plum Torte
Dessert, Virtual Class

Learn how to make two delicious treats using plums with local baker Heidi Leuszler of Berries & Flour. Heidi will teach you how to process plums for different purposes, then walk you through making a scrumptious plum torte and plum jam. 

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Pear Prosciutto Pecan Galette
Decadent, Baking

Impress your family with this gorgeous and decadent galette highlighting local ripe pears, artisan prosciutto, regional Voss pecans, and local gouda cheese.

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Apple & Pear Hand Pies
Baking

Hand pies make the cutest little desserts and can highlight any in-season fruit! These apple and pear hand pies are kid-friendly with no added sugar, no peeling, and super simple ingredients.

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Mini Cheesecakes
Makes 16 cheesecakes
Baking

Make your holiday desserts extra special with local black currant, rose, and creamy chocolate mini cheesecakes with a simple gluten-free pecan crust. This recipe uses cupcake tins and divides up the cheesecake filling to make three distinct flavors to delight every family member!

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Plum Lime Strawberry Popsicles
Fruit, Vegan, Kids, Frozen

This popsicle recipe is unique, tart, and is slightly slushy-like in texture.

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Red Banana Raspberry Popsicles
Fruit, Kids, Quick, Dessert, Frozen, Gluten-free

Yes, red bananas exist and we have them! These special bananas are creamy, smaller, and blend so well with raspberries and yogurt. You have to try this one!

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Local Tomato & Goat Cheese Crostini's

We've got an amazing summer bounty of tomatoes here at the Co-op! We decided to turn them into a delicious appetizer using other local ingredients.

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Summer Harvest with Sola Gratia Farm

Learn how to cook a delicious dish using local, seasonal produce from Sola Gratia Farm! Menu includes roasted eggplant with cherry tomatoes & crispy spiced chickpeas, cucumber quinoa salad with jalapeno vinaigrette, & tulsi basil tahini sauce with pita.

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Halloumi Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

This beautiful salad pairs local, seasonal vegetables with our newest cheese to hit the shelf - Kynthos Halloumi! Halloumi is a salty, Greek cheese that has a high melting point so it is perfect for frying. 

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Kohlrabi Slaw

Switch up your coleslaw and try kohlrabi instead of cabbage! Paired with apples, broccoli & carrots, this summer slaw is sure to impress.

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Winter Citrus Salad
2 servings
Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick

It's officially citrus season! This crisp and refreshing salad features a citrus vinaigrette with fresh oranges and lemons, paired with beautiful blood oranges, granny smith apple, pumpkin seeds and avocado over a bed of spinach and spring greens. This is the perfect winter salad.

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Latkes
Holiday, Vegetarian

Try these decadent latkes for Chanukah this year! Made with local PrairiErth Farm potatoes, yellow onion, local eggs, a little matzo meal, and some scallions, these latkes are perfect when topped with sour cream and applesauce.

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Buttercup Squash Soup
Vegan, Soup

You have to try buttercup squash! Buttercup squash is such a delicious starchy winter squash that is absolutely wonderful for a creamy vegan soup recipe! Try this recipe with six simple ingredients, including canned coconut cream, onion, garlic, fresh rosemary and sage, and some veggie broth.

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Pumpkin Carrot Pecan Bread
Baking

This is the best pumpkin bread you will ever taste. The secret is roasting a local pie pumpkin and using sweet local carrots!

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Beef Stew
Soup

This hearty beef stew with local roots is perfect for the cool weather!

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Halloween Creations: Avomonsers
Snack, Kids, Healthy, Holiday

These avocado monsters are so fun to decorate for a healthy Halloween snack! You can make witches, frankensteins, draculas, spiders, or your own original spooky monsters!

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Halloween Creations: Witchfingers
Kids, Snack, Healthy, Holiday

This is a kid-friendly and healthy Halloween snack with just three ingredients!

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Naturally Wild & Fizzy Sodas

Community agroforester & perennial crop farmer Kaitie Adams takes us through making home-fermented, naturally fizzy drinks using fruits that can be grown here in Central Illinois!

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Perennial Cocktails: Simple Syrup, Shrub & Bitters

This series of drinks features perennial plants and herbs that can all be grown here in Illinois! Perennial herbs come back every year and are a great addition to any garden. Learn how to make simple syrup, shrubs & bitters to diversify your cocktails!

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Apricot Ginger Ale

This fruity and refreshing ginger ale uses an liquid ginger extract for flavoring. Herb Pharm has been a trusted source for herbal extracts for over 40 years. Their ginger liquid extract retains...

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Pepino Spritzer

This spritzer is a light and refreshing cocktail highlighting the unique flavors of the pepino. 

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Holiday Mocktails for New Years Eve
Holiday

Enjoying the holidays but don’t partake in cocktails? Try these amazing mocktails to ring in the new year right!

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So how do restaurants make their cocktails so great? It’s simple! Using simple syrup adds sweetness without being overpowering, plus you can infuse the simple syrup with just about any flavor you want.

Holiday, Seasonal

Homemade simple syrup, good quality liquor & holiday flavors all combine together in these delicious cocktail recipes from Common Ground Food Co-op!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are so nutritious, don't waste them! While you're roasting your pumpkin, you might as well roast the seeds too!

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Fruit Leather: Preserving & Snacks

Learn how to make your own fruit leather with Jeff Hake of Funks Grove Heritage Fruits & Grains. Making fruit leather is a great way to preserve fruit at its peak ripeness while also making delicious, nutritious snacks.

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Vegan & Gluten Free Thanksgiving Appetizers
Vegetables, Vegan, Gluten-free, Quick

We've got some amazing holiday recipes for you! Save the indulgence for dessert and enjoy these delicious, healthy vegetable appetizers. These dishes are easy, affordable, and are very accessible to different dietary restrictions. 

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Kids Brunch: Animal French Toast & Berry Smoothies

Learn how to make fancy Animal French Toast and Mixed Berry Smoothies focused on cooking with kids! Join Co-op staff member, Mackensie Archibald and her daughter Athena as they teach you how to...

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Elderberry Syrup & Fire Cider
Syrup, Tonic, Virtual Class

Learn how to make some time-honored herbal tonics that have been traditionally used to boost your immune system! Joan Jach, owner and farmer of Old Town Flowers CU, shares her favorite recipes for Elderberry Syrup and Fire Cider.

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Leafy Greens Pesto

This non-traditional pesto uses spinach and kale as the base for a delicious and affordable alternative to the classic. This pesto is dairy-free and can be used as a spread for sandwiches, a base for pizza, or a sauce for pasta!

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Green Goddess Dressing
Local, Seasonal

This dressing is fresh, easy, and versatile. It's great on salad, pizza, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, or as a dip for veggies & pita! Utilizing fresh local herbs from Green Pantry Nursery in Tuscola, IL, this dressing tastes like summer. 

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Springtime Asparagus Soup
Healthy, Vegetarian

It's April which means it's time for some fresh, beautiful asparagus! This soup recipe is super simple and uses fresh asparagus and spinach to give it a vibrant green color.

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Cheesemaking: Mozzarella & Mascarpone
Vegetarian, Virtual Class

Learn how to make quick cheeses!

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