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From the pantry: Peach crisp satisfies summer cravings, crunch with less butter

Summer is the time of cravings — the kind of cravings that really can’t be satisfied any other time of the year.

Corn in the throes of winter? Not so sweet. Tomatoes in the heart of the big chill? They lack tenderness and the r [...]

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Vinton theater a community treasure

VINTON — As manager of the Palace Theatre in Vinton, Marcy Horst wants to make each movie outing a special experience.

The Palace shows mostly family-friendly movies (G, PG and PG-13) nightly at 7 and also Mondays at 2 p.m.

Sure [...]

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Bloomsbury Farm in Atkins readies Al Roker-themed corn maze

ATKINS — Every year, thousands of visitors from Iowa and surrounding states tour the Bloomsbury Farm corn maze near Atkins.

The design changes every year, with this year's maze celebrating the 60th birthday of Today Show weatherman A [...]

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Everybody eats: You can fill fair food cravings year-round

‘So, what are we going to do first?”

That was the conundrum my friend and I faced when we arrived at the Iowa State Fair last week. Free from our responsibilities — work, family, housework — we had the entire day [...]

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Cooked, not charred

Broiler drawers are like a kitchen’s garage — often used for storage, rarely for its intended purpose. Just as we fill garages with everything but the family car, we stuff our oven’s broiler drawers with pots and pans, [...]

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Broiling isn’t an open-and-shut case for this cook

I’ve always thought cracking the oven door was part of using a broiler.

I was under this impression because that’s how my mother broiled dishes. Whether it was garlic bread, halibut or salmon, the oven door always was slightly [...]

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From Iowa farm to table

For me and most Iowans I know, the arrival of sweet corn is a highly anticipated moment each summer.

Since summer and ice cream go together just as well, I was understandably excited when my sister told me she was creating a recipe for swee [...]

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Lyle Lovett gives generous performance in Cedar Rapids

Lyle Lovett seems to be a generous fellow. During his concert at the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday, he was generous in his praise of Cedar Rapids, particularly the White Star Ale House — where he and members of his band enjoyed libations t [...]

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From the pantry: Cucumber makes for a refreshing summer sip

Scorching hot summer days require lemonade. It’s a simple truth. This tart and sweet sunny-colored drink is both refreshing and quenching at the same time. Just the thing you want to greet you after an afternoon of working or playing outsid [...]

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Play offers glimpse into Mary Ingalls’ life

Many people are familiar with the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author famous for the “Little House on the Prairie” books describing her family’s life on the American frontier in the 1800s.

Fewer may realize Laura [...]

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When Disney Called: Nordic Fest in Decorah to feature Frozen ties

Alison Dwyer was in disbelief the first time that Disney called the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah looking for artifacts to be used as reference for a new movie they were working on.

The movie was “Frozen” and [...]

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Review: Miranda Lambert feels at home at Great Jones County Fair

MONTICELLO — It’s been 10 years since Miranda Lambert made her debut on the national country music scene with “Me and Charlie Talking,” and that decade has been very, very good to her.

Five albums, including some [...]

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‘Snoopy’ makes tracks to Amana

AMANA — The dog days of summer are simply delightful at the Old Creamery Theatre.

The musical “Snoopy!!!” has earned all of its exclamation points, as the “Peanuts” gang romps through a series of vignettes [...]

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Everybody eats: Enjoy taste of Harry Potter’s world

‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!”

That’s what was shouted, by me, several months ago when my husband asked for summer vacation suggestions. Luckily, the kids were on board with the idea right away.

Three again [...]

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Iowa City tries out food truck ‘experiment’

IOWA CITY, Iowa — An “edible experiment” launched in Iowa City over the noon hour Thursday as the city allowed larger mobile food vending trucks to set up for business in a city park.

Downtown diners can already find sma [...]

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