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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

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

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

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 ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
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 ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
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 ...

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

Blog: Real Local Cooking
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 ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: Jul 15, 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 ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
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 ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
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 ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
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 ...

Blog: Real Local Cooking
Posted on: May 06, 2014 |  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

Homity Pie: Inspired by the Land Girls of WWII

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 the ...

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

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