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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 ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
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 ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Jun 27, 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. ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Jun 05, 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 ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: May 31, 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 ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Jan 07, 2015 |  Original Post

What if ….real food came from a vending machine?

Imagine being in a food court in Chicago.  You are surrounded by the typical unhealthy food options and then you see a funny looking vending machine with reclaimed wood paneling and plants on top.  You walk closer and see that is a really a ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Mar 05, 2014 |  Original Post

Cool Caribbean Salad Made with Lentils

by Deanne A few weeks ago Steve’s mom, Mary Jane shared an e-cookbook that she has been using from The Northern Pulse Growers Association.  She discovered that pulses, which are peas, lentils, and chickpeas, are good sources of beneficial ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Feb 24, 2014 |  Original Post

Cool Caribbean Salad Made with Lentils

A few weeks ago Steve’s mom, Mary Jane shared an e-cookbook that she has been using from The Northern Pulse Growers Association.  She discovered that pulses, which are peas, lentils, and chickpeas, are good sources of beneficial soluble fiber ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Feb 24, 2014 |  Original Post

Homity Pie: Inspired by the Land Girls of WWII

by Deanne Last weekend Francine reported in from her life in England. Here she tells about stopping at Raspberry Tea Room in Llanyrafon Manor in Wales. We ran in between a rain shower and saw lots of yummy things in the pastry case. The lady behind ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 |  Original Post

New World Cafe: Des Moines, IA

On the edge of funky East Village in downtown Des Moines, you will find this shining example of the good food movement. It is a small cafe open for lunch, some evenings, and since the first of the year, they are now open for brunch on Saturdays. The ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Feb 11, 2014 |  Original Post

What if ….more people noticed fake food?

When  my kids were young I often used the Jiffy muffin brand.  It’s an old fashioned looking, blue and white, small box.  Francine told me, “I remember thinking, wait how can these little blue things be blueberries?“ I came ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Feb 05, 2014 |  Original Post

Chinese New Year Inspired Dumpling Soup

by Deanne When I was seven, I experienced my first Chinese or Lunar New Year celebration.  I think it was coincidental as I observed the festivities from a distance. Our family lived near San Francisco and often went to my dad’s office in the ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Feb 03, 2014 |  Original Post

Chinese New Year Inspired Dumpling Soup

by Deanne When I was seven, I experienced my first Chinese or Lunar New Year celebration.  I think it was coincidental as I observed the festivities from a distance. Our family lived near San Francisco and often went to my dad’s office in the ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Feb 03, 2014 |  Original Post

Just Right: Oatmeal Apple Pancakes

by Deanne I have been working on this recipe for awhile.  I found a recipe online but it made the pancakes too rubbery.  I liked the recipe because there is no added sugar.  The sweetness comes from the apples. With a few adjustments I knew I was ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Jan 27, 2014 |  Original Post

Just Right: Oatmeal Apple Pancakes

by Deanne I have been working on this recipe for awhile.  I found a recipe online but it made the pancakes too rubbery.  I liked the recipe because there is no added sugar.  The sweetness comes from the apples. With a few adjustments I knew I was ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Jan 27, 2014 |  Original Post

What if… Restaurants Promoted Cooking at Home?

by Deanne It seems like a crazy idea for a restaurant to promote cooking at home.  But being concerned about the quality of prepared food that is normally served in restaurants, we instigated a promotion during the month of August and September ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Jan 23, 2014 |  Original Post

Whole Wheat Honey Biscuits

by Deanne All the reading I did about Food Trends for 2014 got me hungry for biscuits.  So I followed Steve around the kitchen last night as he put together a batch of whole wheat honey biscuits.  He doesn’t follow recipes so I have to have ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Jan 14, 2014 |  Original Post

Whole Wheat Honey Biscuits

by Deanne All the reading I did about Food Trends for 2014 got me hungry for biscuits.  So I followed Steve around the kitchen last night as he put together a batch of whole wheat honey biscuits.  He doesn’t follow recipes so I have to have ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Jan 14, 2014 |  Original Post

What if… Real Food was Convenient?

by Deanne What if… real food was as convenient as picking it up at the end of a busy day? You know, kind of like a personal chef but a bit more affordable. Good news!  There is an expansion going on in the good food movement.  As I wrote ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Jan 08, 2014 |  Original Post

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