Category Archives: Feature

The Wooden Spoon by Shelly Rankin – 5/22/14

“Now this is the cheese filling, and this is the sauce. Absolute delishness.” Oh, hi there! So sorry, I’ll turn the tube off now. I got sucked into “The Pioneer Woman” on “Food Network!” She’s making individual lasagna rolls, garlic bread, and waffles. Are you all as hungry as I am now? I best go grab...
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The Wooden Spoon by Shelly Rankin – May 15

First off, let me correct a recipe that we previously published. The creamed corn recipe. How can it be the best creamed corn of your life if you don’t know how much corn to even use? I like to keep you all guessing. I used two cans of corn, drained. You can add more, just...
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National Egg Month: Van Gorps raise chickens for fresh farm eggs

Try them scrambled, fried, poached, hard boiled, or even polka dotted if you are still in Easter mode. We are talking about the incredible edible egg™, the nutrient-dense food that packs a punch without excess calories. May is National Egg Month, and what better way to celebrate than with eggs...morning, noon, and night! Start your day...
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The Wooden Spoon by Shelly Rankin – May 1

Oh, my, this week comes with thee most delicious recipe for this warm, yet a nip in the air, dreary weather we’ve had this week and thee most random thoughts. Well, more like random pictures. Most of them speak for themselves, but I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. I stumbled across...
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The Wooden Spoon by Shelly Rankin – Apr. 24

I tell you, if this household eats one more piece of candy wrapped in foil, we might implode. Candy is never around in this house, unless it’s Easter, and then you soon realize there’s no fury like Easter bunny fury, and your keester suffers the consequences at Easter. French fries are a close second. Those...
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Jansen marks two decades with second heart

It’s been 20 years since Roger Jansen received a new heart. Twenty years since he was given a second chance at life. In 1994, the then-50-year-old had been on a waiting list for a heart transplant for about a year and a half. He’d been called to Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines a couple...
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The Wooden Spoon by Shelly Rankin – Apr. 17

This weekend brings us Good Friday and Easter! Last weekend brought 86 degrees one day to a monsoon the next to cars in the ditches from snow the next. It’s officially spring in Iowa, and through all its imperfections, I still love Iowa. The golden colors and bright blue skies will soon turn to bright...
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