Category Archives: Kitchen

A Slice of Home – By Simone Bates

“Rhubarb! Rhubarb! Rhubarb!”

   In this part of the world, springtime is heralded by the harvest of rhubarb (ok, and also by funnel cakes at the Tulip Time Festival!). In our yard or in yards of our neighbors, those long, red stalks can be seen growing tall and wild, whether by our design or...
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Garden-fresh goodness on the menu this summer

By Megan Pothoven Growing up, I hated pulling weeds. Weeding my mom’s vegetable garden was one of the chores my siblings and I were responsible for in the summer. And of course, my mom seemed to plant everything in her garden, making it rather large. One of the memories I have is spending hot, sunny summer...
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Farm to Table: April is Meat on the Table Month

It was an exciting day when Iowa Governor Reynolds signed a proclamation declaring April Meat on the Table Month in support of Iowa livestock producers who provide highly nutritious food that feeds our state, nation, and the world. We truly celebrated two weeks ago as we welcomed a new group of calves and pigs to...
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Moment of Laughter Day, April 14 by Deb Johnson

We can all use a good laugh these days, with all of the dreary rainy days, lack of consistent sunshine, COVID fatigue, and cold windy days still annoyingly hanging around our doorsteps even though the calendar clearly says it’s spring already! Well, we have just the cure for that, thanks to author, professional speaker, and...
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A Slice of Home by Simone Bates

Hop to it!

     One of the first experiences I had when I moved to the United States was delivering meals through the Meals on Wheels program in Montezuma. In hindsight, it was a little crazy to pick a driving activity in one of the worst winters I’ve ever seen, on unfamiliar roads, and...
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Farm to Table by Julie Van Manen

Our family's traditional Easter meal includes ham as well as ham balls. My ham balls recipe calls for one pound of hamburger and one pound of pork. What graces your table on Waster? Whatever it is, I hope you enjoy as you rejoice in this season of renewal and new beginnings.   

Spring days and...

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