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Potluck Picnic with Summer Edamame Salad

Potluck Picnic with Summer Edamame Salad

Recipes, tips, humor and stories to inspire you to appreciate, cook, eat and share good food … including this week’s recipe: Creamy Cucumber Salad!

Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs

Get all the tricks and tips for making perfect hard boiled eggs and delicious deviled eggs. Peels so easy you can do it with one hand!

Farm to Table: Six Secrets To Satisfying Soup

Farm to Table: Six Secrets To Satisfying Soup

Winter in Iowa: love it or hate it? I love it … as long as it’s not below 20 degrees, at least 6 inches of snow is on the ground, the wind stays below 10 mph, and ice doesn’t cause problems with the tread of 

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? 

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.

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!

Almost-Mom’s Homemade Applesauce

It’s not hard to make applesauce, if you are using perfect apples. The reason hers is so incredible is that she uses the worst apples … those that have fallen to the ground and been bruised and need more cleaning than those picked directly off the tree. She has always been a champion for the underdog. These apples require no sugar (she may add a little if she feels it might be too tart). I have made it with her enough times to make a reasonable replica of hers. I am not quite to her level … I am not as industrious as she is. But there is always next year.

Italian Vegetable Soup

Italian Vegetable Soup

Italian herbs and spices combine with hearty vegetables, pasta and meat to make this simple but satisfying soup.