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 [...]continue »
‘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 [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »
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& [...]continue »
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.
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 [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »