The Perfect Gift for the Foodie on Your List

The Perfect Gift for the Foodie on Your List

Do you have a “foodie” in your life? Trust me … you have all kinds of “foodies” in your life. Whether it’s the gadget-loving chef or the tailgate-grazing sports fan or the I-don’t-turn-on-a-stove-but-I’ll-eat-anything-you-put-in-front-of-me consumer, everyone is a “foodie” at some level. The beauty of this? 

Food Resolutions

Food Resolutions

This is the week right between “Merry Christmas!” and “Happy New Year!” This is the week of “Have you made any resolutions for the new year?” Most often, the answer to this question will involve one or more of these words: WEIGHT HEALTH FITNESS Sound 

Fudge and the Blue Bowl

Fudge and the Blue Bowl

Everything you want from homemade fudge: rich chocolate flavor, creamy texture and enough to share! Savor every moment making this sweet treat for that is the key to perfect results!

Iowa: Home of Giant Poblanos

Iowa: Home of Giant Poblanos

I became a bit obsessed with these peppers a few years ago at the farmers’ market in downtown Des Moines. It was a fall day and I could smell them before I saw them … roasted poblanos. Not just roast-ed, roast-ing! This guy had a big metal cage filled with peppers, rotating over a flame. He had the warm peppers in plastic bags to take home. SOLD. The next year, they were in my garden.

Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs

You can change the texture of meatballs by the type of breadcrumb you use. Even better, you can very easily make your own.

A Re-Introduction to Meatballs

A Re-Introduction to Meatballs

Swedish meatballs … Porcupine meatballs … Italian meatballs … Spaghetti and meatballs … Meatball subs … Meatball soup … Baked meatballs … Fried meatballs … Crock Pot meatballs …

I started thinking about how versatile meatballs are and ended up channeling my inner Forrest Gump! “I know everything there is to know about … ” meatballs.

Stuffed Mushrooms

I wish there was a funny or enlightening story behind these mushrooms. There isn’t. Fact is, I had a package of button mushrooms in the refrigerator that were rapidly approaching a move to the trash can. They needed a bit of TLC and a flavor boost.

Ham and Bean Soup

Ham and Bean Soup

One of the great things about growing up around a bunch of farm women is the endless exposure to tips and tricks that are often left out of recipes. One of the worst things about trying to emulate said women is they don’t always feel 

Sautéed Spinach and the Pizza it Inspired

Sautéed Spinach and the Pizza it Inspired

Don’t let that fresh spinach spoil in the refrigerator. Sauté it and give it a new purpose in omelets, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas or casseroles.

Smoky Maple Salmon

Smoky Maple Salmon

Grilled or baked, this simple salmon recipe boasts a smoky dry seasoning and a sweet maple finishing glaze. This is the recipe to try!