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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 ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Jun 18, 2015 |  Original Post

Campbell’s Nutrition: Des Moines, IA

When I say Campbell’s Soup you might think of the iconic can painted by Andy Warhol in 1962. You know the one with a red and white label that was found in many of our cupboards before we decided to go for less processed food.  On ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: May 01, 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

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

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

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

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

Another Way to Be Pink: Watermelon Radish Salad

By Deanne When I was shopping at the farmers market on Saturday there were a lot of people running around with pink clothing and wigs.  Being a bit clueless, I finally realized that there must have been an event to raise awareness and money for ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Oct 29, 2013 |  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

How to Bake Spaghetti Sqaush

 by Deanne Baking spaghetti squash is a fun and easy way to be a FarmerChef.  If you have kids, get them involved in the part where you  “play” with your food by shredding the baked squash onto a plate and then topping it with this ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Oct 26, 2013 |  Original Post

Without a Recipe: A FarmerChef Cooks

By Deanne Hey there FarmerChefs!  Have you noticed that once you know what goes together you can look at what is coming out of the garden or available at the farmers market, combine it with  what you have on hand in your kitchen and create some ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Jun 19, 2013 |  Original Post

Asparagus Salad: First Taste of the Growing Season

By Deanne Snow was the norm for April this year so we have been eagerly waiting for asparagus to do its duty and signal the start of the growing season.  Asparagus season was already over by this time last year.  We made our first post on April ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: May 24, 2013 |  Original Post

Maple Walnut Biscotti

By Deanne Tapping maple trees is something people in Vermont do…right?  And they tap the trees in the fall or early winter… or so I thought. Two weeks ago a friend mentioned they had to get home to take care of the maple sap they were ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: May 07, 2013 |  Original Post

Learning from Leon

by Deanne Prior to our trip to the UK last November, I briefly connected with The  Intolerant Gourmet, author and blogger, Pippa Kendrick  via twitter. She offered suggestions on several places in London that work well for people with food ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Apr 30, 2013 |  Original Post

Desert Roots Kitchen: Tempe, Arizona, USA

by Deanne Desert Roots Kitchen—Tempe, AZ The month of January 2013 was filled with two of my favorite activities: eating out and traveling to new places.  Steve and I visited family in California and then went to five national parks in California ...

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

Real Butter, Sugar, and Cocoa Gluten-Free Brownies

by Deanne This brownie recipe is really good.  You would never know it is made sans wheat.  Baking gluten-free can be rewarding in terms of taste.  Thursday night after Steve made a batch of these brownies for a party we had at our restaurant on ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Dec 22, 2012 |  Original Post

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