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We do recipes differently in the itsy garden...

As a self-learner in the cooking arts, I remember what it was like to burn rice and aspire to box mix brownies. I lacked a culinary oracle and turned to the internet for help where I found plenty of recipes, but little in the way of actual learning. Let's change that!

Each recipe on this site assumes zero cooking skill and will provide all necessary instructions for success with a lot of general kitchen tips along the way. I cook every dish you'll find here, so if anything remains unclear, just leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer your questions. Likewise, if you have a neat tip to share, I would love to hear it!

If you're looking to improve your skill, you may find the recipe themes helpful. Throughout the year I will highlight a specific ingredient, usually fresh crops in summer, and comfort foods in winter. Within a theme (such as strawberries) you'll discover a number of recipes ranked from easy to challenging, all utilizing the spotlighted food. The easy recipes will get you comfortable with the ingredient, and often become a component in one of the more difficult recipes as you progress. Recipe themes are also a wonderful way to use a bumper crop, or a large haul from your local U-Pick trip. One ingredient, many options.

Lastly, if you have a recipe or ingredient that you would like to see featured, please post your requests in the comments. I am always up for a good culinary challenge.

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