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Turkey Sheperds Pie

What comfort foods did you grow up with? On busy uninspired night, my mom would turn to mashed potatoes and ground beef and that combination still makes me just as happy as it did when I was a little girl with bangs in round blue glasses. But for ...

Posted on: Oct 12, 2016 |  Original Post

Last Minute Pulled Pork and my New Insta-Pot Love

It seemed like the Instapot, or Instant Pot was everywhere overnight. Out of nowhere, about a year ago, my Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram feeds were filled with raving mentions about this new pressure cooker. When it went on sale for $74 on ...

Posted on: Sep 13, 2016 |  Original Post

Stuffed Shells, New Beginnings, and a Tablefull of Happy Kids

I’m a big believer in the energy of new beginnings, but these last few weeks, as back to school neared, I was having serious trouble mustering up enthusiasm for dinner. Blah. Blah. Blah. I just couldn’t muster up the energy to make the ...

Posted on: Aug 29, 2016 |  Original Post

Homemade Italian Dressing Crockpot Chicken: Easy Dump Cooking with Real Ingredients

Summer cooking is lazy cooking, as it should be. Delicious and easy. Slice a few tomatoes and a little basil from the garden, drizzle a little balsamic and olive oil, and top it all off with some oozing burrata. Dinner is served! Between colorful ...

Posted on: Jun 29, 2016 |  Original Post

Soy Butter Glazed Roast Chicken and Caramelized Baby Potatoes to Celebrate Back to School

The first day of school fills me with a bunch of conflicting emotions. I love the kid’s excitement, the return to routine, the smell of new school supplies. But I’m never ready to say goodbye to summer, to close the door on adventure, ...

Posted on: Aug 24, 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 ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Aug 06, 2015 |  Original Post

True Gazpacho For One

I lived in Barcelona during my junior year in college and that beautiful city by the sea has a special place in my heart. It was the first place that I pretended to be a grown up, staying out all night dancing at discotheques, seeing dawn bloom ...

Posted on: Aug 04, 2015 |  Original Post

a Blueberry Lemon Ice Worthy of Pinkalicious

We are a dairy loving family through and through. Our fridge shelves and lined with yogurts, butters, and cheese. Dairy is my go to comfort food, and the same goes for most of my children. But when Sophie was born, we discovered that she ...

Posted on: Jul 28, 2015 |  Original Post

Salade Nicoise and a French Picnic Brush with Fame

When opportunity knocks, you say yes. No matter what else is going on. Then you juggle things around to make things work. That’s the philosophy I try to embrace, no matter how busy things get. Say yes, worry later. That’s the philosophy ...

Posted on: Jun 25, 2015 |  Original Post

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Barbecue tastes like summer nights, like long slow days next to the grill, checking on the meat, perfuming the neighborhood. I know that’s how the purists do it, but sometimes, that reality just cannot be. During the mad dash that is those ...

Posted on: May 29, 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 ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: May 25, 2015 |  Original Post

Kids in the Kitchen: How to Cut Mangoes and Make Mango Chicken Quesadillas

Our table is always set with a lot of choices, many bowls filled with fresh fruits and vegetables to complement the main course. It’s an easy way to add color and fun to dinner, and ensures that all the kids will eat more fruits and veggies, ...

Posted on: Apr 28, 2015 |  Original Post

We Love Maple Tappers!! Maple Tree Tapping Easy

We Love Maple Tappers!! Maple Tree Tapping Easy We have been patiently waiting maple tree tapping seasoning, there is just nothing like it. The smell of the maple sap cooking down, the woody sweet aroma that fills the house.. It’s just to die ...

Blog: One Acre Farming
Posted on: Mar 19, 2015 |  Original Post

Frites, Pies and Tarts, and the Pollan Family Table: Three Cookbooks for the Foodies in your Life

New cookbooks are my favorite thing to find under the Christmas tree. I love to curl up with them, while the kids are off playing with their new toys and the wrapping paper is still strewn all over the floor and dream of new meals to come. In case ...

Posted on: Dec 09, 2014 |  Original Post

Gratin de Courgettes, Zucchini Gratin: a Vegetable Dish From the Heart of the French Countryside

The greatest highlight of any trip to my mother’s house is dinner. From her timbered kitchen, she whips up feasts, nightly. Some are grand, like Wild Boar with Whisky Apples or duck breast. Others, like her meringues, are more simple. My picky ...

Posted on: Oct 16, 2014 |  Original Post

Slagel Family Farms: Dinner and Gourmet Dinner

When Jack was a toddler, he ate nothing. His bizarre diet was limited to cream of tomato soup and apple sauce. The only way he would even entertain consuming anything else, including meat of any kind, even dinosaur shaped, was if the protein was ...

Posted on: Oct 09, 2014 |  Original Post

A Celebration of Local Food: Downtown Farmers’ Market

 by Deanne Before I left Southwest Minnesota, many people told me about the weekly celebration of local food that occurs in downtown Des Moines every Saturday morning from May until October. I have been able to visit the market three times since we ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Oct 27, 2013 |  Original Post

Carp – It’s what’s for dinner

Hi there! Today our friend Mike Bartz shares his recent FarmerChef experience.  It is really a FisherChef experience.  We NEVER thought of eating carp but now with this insight it might be a possibility. However, I’d invite myself to ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Jun 04, 2013 |  Original Post

Cookbooks to Inspire You at the Farmers Market

Our local farmers market opens in one week! I’m excited to start picking up some local produce and support our farmers and specialty food makers. The easiest way to get inspired at the market is to ask the farmer how they like to prepare ...

Blog: Random Recycling: Modern Green Living for Busy Families
Posted on: May 29, 2013 |  Original Post

Camelina: Seed to Oil

by Deanne Last March, after looking in the Minnesota Grown directory, Francine and I drove out to a little farm just south of Lamberton and met Kathleen Smith.  You might have read our posts about this local grower’s product.  From that original ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: May 08, 2013 |  Original Post


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