Waterloo Urban Farmer’s Market

This past Saturday, I was at the Waterloo Urban Farmer’s Market at the Riverloop Expo Plaza doing cooking demonstrations and handing out samples.  I love cooking seasonally Continue reading “Waterloo Urban Farmer’s Market”

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Keeping Cool with Italian Cucumber Salad

Are you feeling the heat?  While I love the hot weather, I do reach a point where it does feel good to cool down.  This is one reason why I like cooking seasonally-or using fruits and vegetables that are in season.  Many spring and summer fruits and vegetables are naturally cooling-like cucumbers.  Here’s a tasty twist on the typical cucumber salad. Continue reading “Keeping Cool with Italian Cucumber Salad”

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Easy 4th of July Picnic Snacks-Snack Picks

With July 4th just around the corner and in the middle of the week, it may be difficult to plan & prepare snacks for your holiday outing.  Here’s an easy, quick snack idea that is sure to please everyone’s palate-Snack Picks.  Snacks on a toothpick! Continue reading “Easy 4th of July Picnic Snacks-Snack Picks”

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Hansen’s Dairy-Good Food That’s Good For You

June is National Dairy Month and I recently spent some time at Hansen’s Diary near Hudson, IA.  This family-run operation has been providing the Cedar Valley with their own brand of fresh milk and dairy products for almost 15 years. Continue reading “Hansen’s Dairy-Good Food That’s Good For You”

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Hoffman Produce Farms and Fresh Green Onions

I had the pleasure of visiting my friends, Greg & Denise Hoffman at Hoffman Produce Farms.  They grow a wide variety of produce from apples to zucchini on about 20 acres of land in Waterloo, IA.   The Hoffmans are very well known for Continue reading “Hoffman Produce Farms and Fresh Green Onions”

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Signs of Spring-Babies & Upside Down Salad

Spring lambs

winter last hurrah 2018 front yard
The view out our front window-Hopefully the last hurrah for winter

The last few weeks have been interesting here in Iowa.  It’s like winter finally decided to arrive “better late than never,” and now won’t let go. Continue reading “Signs of Spring-Babies & Upside Down Salad”

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A Magical Night with Harry Potter & Curry



A Magical Night

A few weeks ago, my husband and I made good on the Christmas gifts we gave to our children and their significant others by taking them to see/hear the Des Moines Symphony play live to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at the Des Moines Civic Center.  We are all huge Harry Potter Fans (although, I think I may be the biggest one-just saying) and this was a magical night together as a family. Continue reading “A Magical Night with Harry Potter & Curry”

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Local Foods Inspired Baked Pepper Nachos

Community Food Systems Conference

Upon returning to Iowa on the 9th, it seemed as if we brought the tropical warmth back with us for a little while.  January 10th was what I like to call an “open coat” day, with temperatures in the 30’s.  Unfortunately, the bottom dropped again and by the 12th we were below zero again.  That didn’t stop the Courtney Long and Community Food Systems enthusiasts Continue reading “Local Foods Inspired Baked Pepper Nachos”

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