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Posted by Tara Atkinson | Sep 14, 2010

But here it is, completely vegetarian BBQ, even easily made vegan.  Homemade BBQ sauce caramelized onto slowly oven roasted eggplant, just spicy and bone-sticking enough to take the chill off...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Sep 2, 2010

September, I realized, is a difficult month to recommend beer for. For three weeks it is still technically summer, so I wanted a beer that was light-bodied and refreshing. It...

Posted by Stephanie Catlett | Sep 2, 2010

This summer I visited a Democratic meet-up in Marion, Iowa, where a new candidate for Secretary of Agriculture is looking to rebrand our state’s chief export. But not through marketing--through...

Posted by Theresa Rensimer | May 24, 2010

Chicken of the Woods! I found a 7-10 pounder at Squire Point while hiking with my guy. My faith in the woods has been restored. Morel season left me empty...

Posted by Melody Dworak | Apr 13, 2010

I ate peppers, I ate celery, I ate arugula... I made this dish one night after a day of ranting to myself that A) how the hell am I supposed...

Posted by Theresa Rensimer | Apr 6, 2010

Nine days ago, a member of my family died. It was my 18 year old cat. I knew the day would come sooner than I was ready. It always does....

Posted by Theresa Rensimer | Mar 22, 2010

I have never made baklava before, but it was not as difficult as I had expected it to be. It does have a lot of steps to it but I...

Posted by Melody Dworak | Mar 16, 2010

Hi there! Welcome to the first blog post by vegetable geeks Melody and Theresa. We are both vegetable-loving Iowa City folks who enjoy cooking and baking for the pleasure of...

Posted by Clarence Johnson | Oct 2, 2009

The ability to chug a whole bottle of PBR in one mighty draught only impresses your peers for so long. What was formerly an athletic display of swilling prowess becomes...

Posted by Kurt Michael Friese | May 8, 2009

A walk in the woods in the heartland’s early spring is intrinsically rewarding, but while you are enjoying those first few sunny days after a nourishing spring rain, why not...

Posted by Kurt Michael Friese | Apr 8, 2009

Lunch-lady-land cafeterias in the U.S. public school system conjure dreams of Early Cuising Education. It’s early in the morning the day after a very busy Valentine’s weekend in the restaurant....

Posted by Kurt Michael Friese | Mar 13, 2009

Just about everyone I know has been pouring over seed catalogs for the last month. Eagerness to plant supplants many other priorities and they begin rifling through each newly arrived...

Posted by Kurt Michael Friese | Jan 14, 2009

Now I am terrified at the Earth, it is that calm and patient, It grows such sweet things out of such corruptions, It turns harmless and stainless on its axis,...

Posted by Melody Dworak | Dec 5, 2008

While traveling West on my way to can salmon in Alaska, I stopped in Tacoma, Washington, to stay the night with my aunt and uncle. My cousin had just graduated...

Posted by Elizabeth Cummings | Dec 5, 2008

As local officials responded to the threat of floods in southeastern Iowa with repeated appeals for help with sandbagging, I jumped at the chance—to bury my head in the sand,...

Posted by Kurt Michael Friese | Nov 5, 2008

The economy is in shambles. Prices of everything are going up. K-Mart has brought back layaway plans. KFC is advertising that you can’t make their seven-piece “meal deal” at home...