From the pantry: Pop these pastries for portable breakfast

Did you know Pop Tarts have been around 50 years?

I was surprised to discover the age of this breakfast pastry and laughed at the irony as I recently purchased my first box of Pop Tarts in about 20 years. It was all for research, you see. < [...]

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Inside the Better Homes and Gardens test kitchens

DES MOINES — Just like Vogue magazine wouldn’t show last season’s handbags, Better Homes and Gardens strives for recipes that reflect the latest trends in cooking and baking.

“Food is just like fashion,” s [...]

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Dancers shake things up with first Iowa City salsa festival

IOWA CITY — Salsa dancing spiced up Iowa City this weekend with a celebration of Latin music and dance.

The iCity Salsa Festival, the first of its kind in Iowa City, featured performances, workshops and instructors from around the cou [...]

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‘Little House’ Laura — Melissa Gilbert — in Eastern Iowa with new cookbook

When a Hollywood actress writes a book, you might expect the book tour to start in Los Angeles, New York City or even Chicago.

But Melissa Gilbert, star of the beloved television series “Little House on the Prairie,” chose Eas [...]

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REVIEW: ‘Cash on Delivery’ pays off in laughter

AMANA — The Old Creamery Theatre has yet another slam-bang, slap-happy farce on its boards with “Cash on Delivery.”

The 10- member ensemble is well-cast and races through the script at top speed to the play’s ri [...]

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Culinary Ride expands to Cedar Rapids and beyond

CEDAR RAPIDS — An Iowa City celebration of food and bicycles is expanding this year. For the first time The Culinary Ride will host rides in Cedar Rapids, Ames and the Quad Cities this month.

The Culinary Ride takes participants on a [...]

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Review: Boston and Starship rocked the ages in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — Five thousand late Boomers were knee-deep in the hoopla on Aug. 28 at the U.S. Cellular Center, reliving their youth with Boston and Starship.

It’s pretty safe to say their children would be mortified to see how [...]

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Arrested Development star to deliver free lecture in Iowa City

IOWA CITY — A character actor known for his role playing George Bluth Sr., the embattled family patriarch in cult-favorite television show, Arrested Development, will speak in Iowa City on Thursday.

Jeffrey Tambor is scheduled to deli [...]

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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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