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Hanging Out on the Edge of the Boundary Waters in Ely, Minnesota

Sometimes it feels like Ely’s purpose in life is to make people less afraid of the woods. Nestled on the edge of Superior National Forest, Ely is home to two internationally recognized wildlife centers, the Root Beer Lady Museum, and has more places to hike, bike, and paddle than you can cover in a lifetime.

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A Florentine Christmas with Risotto

On Christmas Eve, long ago, I navigated the tunnel-like streets of Florence to my apartment on a curvy hill across the river. The risotto we cooked is normally too simple for a holiday feast, but that night no one seemed to care.

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Hoosier Hill Farm Prague Powder Curing Salt, Pink, 1 Pound

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The Original Kangaroo Premium Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Mat

If you spend a lot of time on your feet cooking you need to get Kangaroo kitchen mat. Spending a ...
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SipCaddy Bath & Shower Portable Cupholder for Beer ...

For those days when you want a little more or just had enough.  Attach the SipCaddy to any smooth surface for ...
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Cuisinart Smart Stick 2-Speed Hand Blender

More than just a hand blender, this stainless steel Smart Stick does it all. The variable speed knob gives you ...
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Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaner

Let Grillbot put an end to scrubbing, brushing and scraping a dirty grill! This high-tech automatic BBQ grill cleaning robot tackles ...
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Organic Black Garlic

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