Chicken & Veggies in Spicy Peanut Sauce

Sep 15, 2016

Chicken & Veggies in Spicy Peanut Sauce

Between the seasonal beauty and the bountiful harvest, you have to love autumn.  And eating local?  A snap.  Now the one downside to autumn is that sometimes that bounty part can get away from you.  I remember a CSA harvest party where one woman remarked, “I think I need to quit my job to cook all this food.”  

Sep 11, 2016

Iowa BBQ Soup (Pork & Corn)

Are you looking for a nice tailgate recipe?  Perhaps something to share at a CSA party?  Then consider this Iowa BBQ Soup.  With corn, ground pork and a taste of BBQ, it will keep the summer alive–even if the temperature dips! I didn’t set out to create a BBQ soup when I pulled out the big kettle.  It wasn’t even … Continue reading

Herb Buttered Corn on the Cob from above

Aug 25, 2016

Herb Buttered Corn on the Cob

Whenever you think you’ve seen everything, something pops up to surprise you! Isn’t that fun!  But I never expected to discover tasty Herb Buttered Corn on the Cob on a trip to the American Cheese Society conference.  The ACS conference was held in Des Moines this year, and was (or course) full of amazing cheeses.  Topped off with great charcuterie … Continue reading

Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca served

Aug 14, 2016

Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca

Late summer is tomato season–hooray!  Blessed by vines laden with juicy red fruits, they feature prominently on seasonal menus.  Yes, today’s tomato special is…  Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca.  I am a member of two CSAs (yes, two!)–a holdover from the days my household numbered six.  As a result, I can find myself with a bit of a tomato overload if … Continue reading

Cajun Zucchini Fritters

Jul 24, 2016

Cajun Zucchini Fritters

Have you heard the joke about zucchini?  Something like… in the city you need to lock your car doors to keep people from stealing your car.  In the country, you need to lock your car to keep people from leaving zucchini on your back seat.  Ba dum bum. Yup that’s pretty much where I was until I created this recipe … Continue reading

Mushroom & Lettuce Omelet from above

Jul 21, 2016

Mushroom & Lettuce Omelet

Last week one of my CSAs practically apologized for their bounty of beautiful greens.  Imagine that!  No need to apologize, thank you, for sharing a box overflowing with fresh goodness!  I’ll just freeze kale with prosciutto and turn a bunch of lettuce into a mushroom & lettuce omelet.   As gardeners know, spinach, the classic omelet green, is not a fan … Continue reading

May 11, 2016

Whipped Strawberry Pie

Have you ever turned a problem into something amazing? Recently I discovered gallons (yes, gallons) of frozen strawberries in the basement freezer—preserved from the 2015 harvest.  I panicked at first, then turned them into Whipped Strawberry Pie (Strawberry Silk Pie per my husband).  It was the hit of Mother’s Day brunch!  As a dedicated locavore, I try to preserve lots … Continue reading

Bite of Roasted Frozen Broccoli in Tahini Sauce

Mar 6, 2016

Roasted Frozen Broccoli in Tahini Sauce

Farm to table vegetables are all the rage! Who wouldn’t be happy to eat tender-crisp fresh vegetables everyday!  But frozen vegetables have a lot going for them, especially when served up in a tasty dish like Roasted Frozen Broccoli in Tahini Sauce.   I love the growing season with it’s unblemished produce and varied choices.  But for many of us, winter … Continue reading

Cababge Roll Soup

Feb 25, 2016

Cabbage Roll Soup

With winter moving on and my carrot supplies shrinking, it is time to focus on another neglected CSA vegetable—cabbage.  Although red cabbage is clearly my “favorite child,” green is delicious too and today I am using it in Cabbage Roll Soup.  Almost in time for World Cabbage Day! Did you eat cabbage rolls growing up?  I remember my mother rolling … Continue reading

Feb 9, 2016

Quick Red Flannel Hash

Eating local is in.  At least during the summer.  Winter can be another story…  it probably calls for a lot more root vegetables than most people are comfortable with.  But if you think foods like beets can be scary, a breakfast of Red Flannel Hash might just change your mind.     Hash is probably best known as potatoes fried up … Continue reading