Category Archives: Kitchen

December 8 is National Brownie Day

Since my last recipe column appeared in this space a month ago, after whining about life without a stove after moving into a new home, I made the command decision to move two tasks to the top of my incredibly long to-do list. These important items were: 1) Unpack and put together the electric skillet that...
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Farm to Table: Counting our blessings with family and friends

Farm to Table: Counting our blessings with family and friends The end of October and first half of November have included a couple of social events off the farm. The last week of October, I had the privilege to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis with members from the Dowling Catholic and Waukee FFA Chapters....
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Thelma & Bonnie’s ‘Have a seat at my table’

Hello, friends! Last time we spoke, I hinted at some very BIG news...I was only 13 weeks along and in no mood for food. Luckily, I have said farewell to the morning, scratch that, all-day sickness and traded it in for being hungry all of the time. That being said, I have spent more time...
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Living without a stove

My husband Chuck and I and our two dogs recently moved across town in Sully, and we’re still living out of boxes at this point. Before moving, I had to clean out and defrost my deep freeze (it’s always a surprise to see what is lurking in the bottom of it when I clean it...
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From the Kitchen: Missi Bogaard

  The best piece of advice Missi Bogaard said she has ever received related to cooking and baking is very appropriate for a newspaper column. It just might be the encouragement Hometown Press readers need to start dabbling more in the kitchen. The advice? “If you can read, you can cook. Just try it.” Missi said she heard...
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Farm to Table: Last Coffee Time with Grandpa Van

Even though the month of October is coming to a close, a few days remain to celebrate Porktober19 and National Apple Month.  I believe there are certain foods meant to be served together. One of those combinations is pork and apples. So, I am sharing recipes for Smothered Pork Chops and Apple Pie. Pork is...
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From the Kitchen: Jess Vander Molen

Jess Vander Molen of Sully vividly remembers a cooking disaster that nearly sent her house up in flames. While she would have been in good hands considering her husband Josh is an EMT and volunteer member of the Sully Fire and Ambulance Department, it is a memory that has kept her from ever heating oil on...
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