Category Archives: Kitchen

From the kitchen: Fall family fun

By Megan Pothoven We have been busy adjusting to being a family of four! Some fall activities we hope to do together as a family include going to a pumpkin patch, and Adam of course will be watching the Iowa Hawkeyes play football, trying to get Hayden to say, “Go Hawkeyes!” Hayden is so excited to ride...
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Farm to Table by Julie Van Manen

It is hard to believe fall officially arrives this week!  Last week’s hot temperatures had me not wanting to turn the oven on, so, celebrating National Rice Krispie Treat Day (Sept. 18) was the perfect excuse to make this special version of the favorite sweet treat – Rice Krispie Caramel Bars. They are the perfect...
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From the Kitchen of Megan Pothoven

She's here! By Megan Pothoven A lot has changed around our house! We welcomed our sweet baby girl, Blair Autumn, on Aug. 7, making her one month old now. Big brother, Hayden, is adjusting but so far has been rather indifferent to having a baby in the house. He has only held her on a few occasions,...
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‘A Slice of Home’ by Simone Bates

Three Sisters There is something about the upcoming end of summer that motivates me to get digging. If you are a gardener, you might understand what I mean, and the residual dirt under your fingernails gives away how you are spending your days in this harvesting season. However, I am not a gardener (even my poor...
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Farm to Table by Julie Van Manen

My children and grandchildren after a great award-winning veggie day at the Iowa State Fair.  One day at a time has been the theme for this past week, and I was reminded of that as I attended the funeral of my dad’s only sister, Aunt Edna, in Omaha last Tuesday. Yes, it was the same day...
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‘Have a seat at my table’ by Cathryn Dunsbergen

Penelope is obsessed with monsters and requested a picture with one on the square in Pella. Check out the bakery bag she's holding - she sure does love her donut holes!
August is here! That also means that there is around one month until baby boy Dunsbergen makes his arrival. He doesn’t have a name yet,...
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For all things turkey!

By Megan Pothoven Growing up on a farm, we ate mostly beef and pork at our house because that was available and affordable. We would often raise our own beef, and pork was always close by. Poultry was not something we ate a lot of, and if we did, it was chicken. My future sister-in-law, who...
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