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  • Dog biscuits for my husband…

    Posted on July 29, 2012 by Sarah in Uncategorized.

    My husband is going on a very long bike ride soon with a good friend.  They will be cycling 150 miles around Mount Rainier in one day.  This ride is based on an organized ride called the RAMROD (Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day).  Since they can’t do the actual race, they are doing […]

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  • The Cure for the Crusty Cake

    Posted on July 26, 2012 by Sarah in Posts by Sarah, Uncategorized.

    Cake strips are one of my favorite kitchen gadgets when it comes to baking, second only to my Kitchenaid mixer.  Cake strips are a simple and inexpensive device.  They are oven-safe fabric strips that are soaked and then pinned around a cake pan in order to keep the outer edge of the cake cool so […]

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  • Stroopwafel in Orange City

    Posted on July 22, 2012 by Jeremy in Posts by Jeremy, Uncategorized.

    (7/29: I didn’t get this post onto the website from the road. Sorry for the chronological weirdness.) Orange City, IA has an annual tulip festival in May. They wheeled out their vendors’ buildings and decorations for RAGBRAI. As the first town on the first morning, they really started things off right. Their town is super […]

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  • MY Meatloaf

    Posted on July 20, 2012 by Sarah in Uncategorized.

    I love meatloaf! It is one of my favorite meals, when it’s my meatloaf. Sorry to brag but unless you have had MY meatloaf you really haven’t had meatloaf. The other day, it was cool outside and I was craving it. That beautiful picture I posted is a cold meatloaf sandwich. Again, if you haven’t […]

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  • Of cold soup and hot cycling

    Posted on July 11, 2012 by Jeremy in Posts by Jeremy, Uncategorized.

    Hey, just trying out this neato WordPress for Android app. If it works, I will be posting from the road as I ride in RAGBRAI in a couple of weeks! The picture above is my first attempt at the gazpacho recipe Sarah posted last week. Me gusta! So, about RAGBRAI: some riders make it their […]

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  • Iowa Pork Chops

    Posted on July 8, 2012 by Sarah in Posts by Sarah, Uncategorized.

    A long time ago I had a discussion with my Texas family about Texas toast…you know, that loaf of thickly cut bread.  They apparently had not even heard of it.  The Iowa Pork Chop’s thick cut is similar to Texas toast, however, these chops actually do come from Iowa and every Iowan has heard of […]

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  • Best Macaroni Salad Ever

    Posted on July 8, 2012 by Sarah in Uncategorized.

    Shauna from our Facebook community gave a very high rating to this macaroni salad recipe from her favorite food personality, The Pioneer Woman. Best Macaroni Salad Ever Ingredients: 4 cups Elbow Macaroni 3 whole Roasted Red Peppers, Chopped (more To Taste, Can Also Use Pimentos) 1/2 cup Black Olives, Chopped Fine 6 whole Sweet/spicy Pickle Slices, Diced (about 1/2 […]

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  • Blackened Salmon Fish Tacos

    Posted on July 7, 2012 by Sarah in Uncategorized.

    Shauna from our Facebook community shared her fish taco recipe. Blackened Salmon Fish Tacos Ingredients: Tortillas 2 tbsp chopped tomato 2 tbsp avocado 2 tbsp black beans 2 tbsp Trader Jo’s corn salsa 1 salmon patty (you can find good frozen ones at Costco) A bit of cabbage drizzled with lime juice Salty’s blackening spice […]

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  • Vintage Sifter

    Posted on July 6, 2012 by Sarah in Uncategorized.

    Take a look at what I snagged during my last trip back home to my parent’s house!  A vintage sifter that once belonged to my Grandmother.  Isn’t it clever?  I can’t wait to use it!  I have memories of eating lots of pie at her house when I was little, so I’m looking forward to […]

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  • Flax Walnut Wheat Pizza Crust

    Posted on July 3, 2012 by Sarah in Uncategorized.

    Amanda from our Facebook community shared this pizza crust recipe from Healthy Happy Life. Flax Walnut Wheat Pizza Crust Ingredients: 2 cups whole wheat flour 2 Tbsp vital wheat gluten 2 tsp baking powder 1 packet yeast 1 tsp sugar 1 cup warm water 1/3 cup raw walnuts + 1/4 cup nutritional yeast + 2 […]

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  • Croutons

    Posted on July 3, 2012 by Sarah in Uncategorized.

    Jodi from our Facebook community shared her method for making croutons. Cut up a baguette, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, bake for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees, stirring a few times. You can control the crispy factor.  For extra fancy ones, steep the olive oil with roughly chopped garlic for a couple […]

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  • Here’s a few fish tips…

    Posted on July 2, 2012 by Sarah in Uncategorized.

    …from the people of America’s test kitchen. You know that unappetizing white stuff (albumin) that coagulates on the bottom of your fish after cooking?  Eliminate it by soaking the fish in a quick brine before cooking.  Place fish in salty water, 1 tablespoon of salt per cup of water, for 10 minutes and you should […]

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  • Seinfeld Tribute #2: “Look to the Cookie, Elaine. Look to the Cookie!”

    Posted on June 5, 2012 by Sarah in Uncategorized.

    “Two races of flavor living side by side in harmony…” You can learn a lot from a cookie.  Apparently this “cookie,” which is actually cake batter with extra flour to firm it up, has been around for nearly a hundred years.  Think of all the social progress that has been made in the past hundred […]

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  • Play Dough!

    Posted on June 3, 2012 by Sarah in Uncategorized.

    Making homemade play dough is a rainy day favorite around here.  By using the cheapest generic brands, you can make about 5 bucks worth of store-bought for about a quarter.  This is fabulous because when you have really little ones playing with it, there’s no need to worry if it ends up in their mouth. […]

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  • Red Quinoa-Apple-Cranberry Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting

    Posted on May 30, 2012 by Sarah in Baked Goods, Posts by Laura, Uncategorized.

    Laura from our Facebook community shared this cake recipe from Poor Girl Eats Well. Cake 1 c whole wheat flour 1 c cooked red quinoa 3/4 c raw sugar 1/2 c (1 stick) butter, melted 1 T vanilla extract 3 eggs 1 t baking powder 1 large Granny Smith apple (or other tart variety), chopped […]

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  • Quinoa Cookies

    Posted on May 30, 2012 by Sarah in Baked Goods, Posts by Laura, Uncategorized.

    Laura from our Facebook community shared this nutritious and tasty treat from The Nutrition Mom.  Quinoa Cookies Ingredients 1 cup cooked quinoa 1/3 cup sunflower seeds 1 cup oats 1/3 cup dried cherries ¼ cup unsweetened coconut 1/3 cup maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 Tbsp almond butter 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips 1/2 […]

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  • Slow Cooker Jambalaya

    Posted on May 28, 2012 by Sarah in Main Dishes, Posts by Sarah, Uncategorized.

    When you have a house full of people and no motivation to cook, this is your dish.  A bit of chopping, throw in a few spices and you’re done!  Have some hot rice close by and some bowls and your guests can serve themselves.  This is my go-to dish when my husband has a bunch […]

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  • Carrie’s Shakshuka

    Posted on May 24, 2012 by Sarah in Uncategorized.

    Carrie from our Facebook community made “a slightly scaled down version…” of shakshuka, an Isreali breakfast dish, and was kind enough to share it with us!  Thanks, Carrie! Shakshuka Ingredients: ‎1 t olive oil 1/4 c scallions, chopped 1/4 c red peppers, diced 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp) 1 c Rotel Original Tomatoes & […]

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  • Perfect Iced Coffee

    Posted on May 24, 2012 by Sarah in Uncategorized.

    This next post is a favorite of Shauna from our Facebook community, but is a recipe from The Pioneer Woman who has so many things going for her these days…cookbook, successful blog, and TV shows.  We admire her for her cooking skills, her business savvy and also for this coffee recipe! Perfect Iced Coffee – […]

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