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Tasty turkey

By JEAN TELLERGRIT MagazineWith all of the holidays - Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year's (what am I forgetting?) - just around the corner, thoughts turn to the foods we serve to celebrate with family and friends.For Thanksgiving, many a table in the United States bows under ...

Tea time

By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBYyettergirl@yahoo.comJEFFERSON - Remember a time not that long ago when tea rooms could be found in many Iowa communities, including small, rural towns? Where did they go?"I guess people don't think they have time for tea rooms anymore," said Angie Petersen, owner of ...

October is National Pork Month

October is National Pork Month, or, as we've lovingly dubbed it, Porktober.There is no shortage of reasons to celebrate and eat it up all month long; pork easy to cook, has many healthy options and is full of flavor when cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees, followed by a 3-minute ...

Rutabagas: The every person root

By STEPEHN D.CARPENTERIGRIT MagazineImagine some curious Swede purposely crossing a cabbage and a turnip, and then naming the result "root bag." Sad to say, that is the historic truth behind the creation of our beloved rutabaga, one of the simplest, most useful (and edible) plants in today's ...

Delicious apples

By JEAN TELLERGRIT MagazineAutumn is a time for clear skies, crisp air, brisk temperatures and seasonal delicacies.School's underway, football games and sports activities abound, the family is busy all the time, and the holiday season is getting closer. Seasonal fruits, like pumpkins and ...

Cookie grandma

By LAURA CARLSONlaura@carlsonwrites.comRANDALL - For several years, Sue Braland has posted pictures and recipes on social media, much to the delight of her friends and followers.On one particular day, as she was preparing food for the Story City Historical Society Milk Can Dinner, Braland, of ...

It’s time for Oktoberfest

By KAREN K. WILLGRIT MagazineIt was 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria honored his bride, Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, with a wedding day festival in Munich, inviting farmers, merchants and villagers to celebrate the fall harvest. Through the years, horse races, ...

A harvest of good eating in fall colors

By CLAYTON RYEcrye@wctatel.netHANLONTOWN - About a year ago, when my wife Suzzanne and I were having a meal at one of her favorite places to eat, we were served purple potatoes with dipping sauce as part of the meal.I didn't know there was such as a thing as purple potatoes. I suggested we ...

8 fresh ways to enjoy zucchini

By DIANE HAWKESGRIT MagazineIn late summer, gardeners of every skill level swear they'll never plant another hill of zucchini, but by the time spring rolls around, the oft-maligned fruit winds up in the garden once again.Gardeners love zucchini in the spring because it performs so cheerfully ...

An Italian farmhouse dinner

By KAREN K. WILLGRIT MagazineItalians have a passion for food. Good food. They're driven by a passion for quality ingredients -much more so than just about any other culture, including the French. The majority of Italians have backyard gardens where they grow their own tomatoes, herbs, peppers, ...