Food & Drink

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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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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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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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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From the pantry: Here’s a brownie everyone can agree on

There are two brownie camps where one can reside: the camp of dense, fudgy brownies with a crinkly top and the camp of the thick, cakelike brownie topped with a thin layer of frosting.

The former is my encampment of choice. For me a thin, d [...]

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Everybody eats: Search for clever dinner options

Cooking is always an adventure, but in the days leading up to a vacation, preparing meals becomes more of a quest.

If you’re like me, you don’t want to go out to eat before a vacation — you’ll be doing that soon e [...]

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Cook club: Move over meat

Summer is the season of the backyard grill.

And no day is more popular for grilling than the Fourth of July.

According to the 24th annual Weber Grillwatch Survey, a whopping 86 percent of grill owners fire up the coals (or gas burners [...]

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COOK CLUB: Buffalo chicken kale salad brings the heat without breaking a sweat

Summer presents a conundrum. It’s a season for getting together with friends, parties, potlucks and picnics. Unless you always volunteer to bring the chips or buns, there’s plenty of opportunities to cook for a crowd.

A [...]

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World market

One Iowa City author wants visitors to this summer’s Iowa farmers markets to know they are connecting with an international market tradition dating back thousands of years.

After more than 10 years visiting farmers markets around the [...]

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Everybody eats: Caffeine fix with fewer calories

Where did spring go?

I know the calendar says June, but doesn’t it seem like the summer started early this year? Perhaps this is Mother Nature’s way of apologizing for the long winter we had to endure.

While I am in compl [...]

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From the pantry:Eggs that make the chef puff up with pride

If you see a puffed up blowfish, you know danger has been spotted. If a cobra puffs up, an attack is imminent. A puffy cat denotes a feather duster or a stray cat is in its sights.

Puffing signifies peril in the animal world, but in the wor [...]

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