Category Archives: Kitchen

A Slice of Home by Simone Bates – “Happy Trails”

This coming Saturday is National Trails Day. Two weeks ago, we read in the Hometown Press of Robin Gray’s latest expedition along the Pacific Crest Trail. What an adventure! The PCT is a bucket list hike of mine after reading “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. In fact, her story was the catalyst to our first section-hike...
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Farm to Table by Julie Van Manen

Beef and tomatoes provide a mouth-watering summer meal solution Have you ever received a request for assistance with a task? If so, you can probably relate to my experience on one particular Saturday a.m. Phone rings - Kevin: “Need a gate opener at the calf shed in a little bit.” Me: “How long is a little...
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“Have a seat at my table” By Cathryn Dunsbergen

Summer is around the corner, and our schedule is full to the brim with lots of activities – weddings, bachelorette parties, graduation parties, committee meetings, and more. You name the activity, and we most likely have it on our calendar; the last time I looked, our family was booked every weekend until the beginning of...
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No Dirty Dishes Day, May 18, By Deb Johnson

What a funny concept for a kitchen column! How can you get through a day without a single dirty dish, unless you eat out every meal, including your morning coffee? Well, depending on your mindset, there are several tricks of the trade to choose from... This particular day is identified on the National Day Calendar website...
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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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