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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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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Everybody Eats: Leftover Thursday by way of Taco Tuesday

In our house, leftover night often falls on Thursday. I do our weekly grocery shopping on Fridays so by Thursday fresh ingredients are scarce. On the other hand, food storage containers seem to have multiplied in the refrigerator.

Plus, it& [...]

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COOK CLUB: Corridor cooks make ragu recipe their own

Earlier this month we introduced you to The Gazette KCRG-TV9 Cook Club’s January cooking technique with a recipe for continue »

Everybody eats: Make her cake and eat it, too

I made a birthday cake last week; not for my husband or my children, but for me.

I wasn’t a fan of birthday cakes when I was little. My parents usually celebrated my birthday with pie or cookies; once we made s’mores in the fireplace.


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'The Fix-it and Forget-it New Cookbook' yields some scrumptious, other subpar results

When the air gets nippy, many home cooks pull out the slow cooker, the king of quick comfort food cuisine. According to Phyllis Good, acclaimed author of “The Fix-It and Forget-It” slow cooker cookbook series, the slow cooker is not just for use d [...]

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COOK CLUB: Hy-Vee Dietitians take slow cooker out of the box

Wintertime and slow-cooked meals just go together. There’s something special about the welcoming aromas of a slow-cooked dinner when you walk in the door from a busy day. But did you know your slow-cooker can make more for you than dinner?

O [...]

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UNI cookbook offers taste of dining hall favorites

There is a certain artistry to converting a recipe meant to serve hundreds of people to one meant to serve four people.

That’s what University of Northern Iowa Dining Services staff have done. The campus dining department recently released i [...]

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From the pantry: Peanut sauce, pasta combine for warming winter salad

Like any Midwestern grown child, I have eaten my fair share of comfort pasta salads. You know the one. Elbow noodles are slathered in a creamy and tart mayonnaise sauce and accompanied with chunks of cheese and vegetables.

I’ve always prefer [...]

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