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Meatless Meatloaf Recipe

    In support of the HoQ Restaurant,  a true farm-to-table place in East Village, Des Moines, Iowa, Steve demonstrated a beautiful recipe at the World Food and Music Festival.  The secret to the recipe is to build a salad ...

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Posted on: Sep 20, 2015 |  Original Post

Tweleve Cooking Tips from Chef Katie

Forest Avenue Outreach is a unique space in Des Moines’ King Irving neighborhood.  They offer outdoor cooking classes on Saturdays at 12:30 on most Saturdays in the summer.  Last Saturday, Chef Katie Porter from The Wallace Centers ...

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Posted on: Aug 06, 2015 |  Original Post

Veggie Lover’s Stir Fry

Steve offered his Stir Fry class at Forest Avenue Outreach for the second year.   We adore the work of this non-profit.  I volunteered to be a host for their Cooking in the Garden classes on Saturdays this summer.   Last year I was ...

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Posted on: Jun 27, 2015 |  Original Post

My Plate: Idaho

Remember when I discovered these beautiful state plates from Corbe Company? I pondered: What if I had a plate for every state I lived in? That would be seven states:  California, Idaho (x2), Oklahoma, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Iowa ...

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Posted on: Jun 18, 2015 |  Original Post

Collard Greens: How to Make Green Tacos

Working at the Wallace Centers of Iowa, one of my jobs is to host the CSA pickup. People get so excited when they come to pick up their freshly picked and scrubbed clean vegetables from the farm. The farm has been harvesting collard greens. ...

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Posted on: Jun 05, 2015 |  Original Post

What if …we knew how to teach kids to eat nutritious food?

I didn’t know how to teach my kids to eat nutritious food.  My grown up kids actually helped to change the way I now eat.  As young adults they both took an interest in healthy eating and cooking. Francine has shared some of her ...

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Posted on: Jun 03, 2015 |  Original Post

Learning and Laughing with Chef Amy

Somehow I missed Winefest last year.  It is “one of Des Moines’ most anticipated weekends of the year.” At least according to their website. Since I am all about discovering what is up with the local food scene, I signed up to ...

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Posted on: May 31, 2015 |  Original Post

Reading & Cooking w/ Kids: The Market Bowl

  Reading with kids is such an important part of their development.  Luckily there is an organization that helps me to do that on my lunch hour once a week.  It is called Everybody Wins Iowa.  When I read this book to my mentee ...

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Posted on: May 25, 2015 |  Original Post

The Bone Broth Trend

Bone broth is a trend that has been gearing up for awhile.  The buzz is everywhere yet we still meet people who don’t know about it.  Therefore we might as well keep spreading the idea of making bone broth at home. We are advocates ...

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Posted on: Apr 26, 2015 |  Original Post

Food Access Des Moines, Iowa

While many readers of our blog are living and loving the Good life, we acknowledge that other people do not have access to healthy food based on the location of their home or income. This is a troubling puzzle.   It turns out that our ...

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Posted on: Feb 15, 2015 |  Original Post

Pop Up Film Festival – Real Food Media

We are excited to promote a Pop Up Film Festival at HoQ, one of our favorite “realfood” restaurants in Des Moines. The Real Food Media Project, is a collaboration among some of the nation’s leading food and farming organizations ...

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Posted on: Feb 11, 2015 |  Original Post

Day 2 – Los Angeles: Ramen and More

As mentioned in Day 1- Los Angeles, we envisioned eating at different ramen shop twice a day for 3 days. While this tummy-filling goal would certainly be possible in a city like LA, this isn’t what actually happened… After only one bowl of ...

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Posted on: Jan 07, 2015 |  Original Post

Beet Tarragon Quick Pickles

Beets look just lovely growing in the garden. Bringing them into the kitchen and deciding how to prepare them is like painting on a blank canvas.  Yes, they have a strong earthy background and I’ve heard many say they don’t like ...

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Posted on: Jul 28, 2014 |  Original Post

Aroma Coffee and Tea

Coffee shops and cafes are a great way to experience a unique slice of life from the neighborhood in which they exist.  It is as if they are owned by the customers who diligently weave visits into the fabric of their busy lives.  Starbucks ...

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Posted on: Jul 20, 2014 |  Original Post

How to Stir Fry: Without a Wok

Remember when we wrote about Forest Avenue Outreach? Every other Thursday night, Steve has been teaching classes outside, in the garden.  The classes are free and open for anyone to attend. Last week he demonstrated the cooking technique called ...

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Posted on: Jul 15, 2014 |  Original Post

Parsley Lemonade

One stormy afternoon, Steve asked me to pick up cilantro.  Easy task,  right?  Instead, I brought home flat leaf parsley.  Since he doesn’t like parsley, I had to figure out what to do with it.  I decided to make ...

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Posted on: Jun 05, 2014 |  Original Post

Chef, The Movie and Magnolia Kitchen

Chef, the movie that opened locally tonight, starring John Favreau , has it all. From great knife skills, a feel-good story about a Dad reconnecting with his son, music that makes you want to get up and dance, to a road trip that shows off a few ...

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Posted on: May 24, 2014 |  Original Post

Masu Sushi and Robata: Minneapolis, MN

While driving to Minneapolis from Des Moines, Steve told me that he had read that the owner of Tacopocalypse is planning a ramen shop in Des Moines called Krunkwich Ramen House. This got us thinking about warm, slightly chewy ramen noodles and rich ...

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Posted on: May 14, 2014 |  Original Post

Wild Alaskan Salmon Cakes

Who would think that there would be a connection to wild caught Alaskan Salmon in Iowa?  Back when the snow was flying Campbell’s Nutrition hosted a CSA fair and I met Pete Woltz, the owner of Timber Ridge Cattle Company.  Pete is a ...

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Posted on: May 08, 2014 |  Original Post

Iowa Choice Harvest & Fareway Food Store

  Nothing says Iowa like sweet corn and Fareway Food Store. The first time I walked into a Fareway Food Store it was like traveling back to a time before I was born. Back then many people “put up” their own sweet corn. As far as the ...

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Posted on: May 06, 2014 |  Original Post


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