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LV Recommends: The Drunken Gardener—a vegan cocktail for the autumnal equinox

Restrictions can breed creativity. At the Trumpet Blossom Café, the challenge of producing vegan cocktails while utilizing local and sustainable ingredients has yielded some exciting results, the latest example being my new favorite fall cocktail: The Drunken Gardener. The drink features cherry tomatoes muddled with sea salt, dry gin (I asked for Tanqueray), Dolin Blanc […]

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Sumac Tea? Yes, please!

No doubt you’ve noticed those funky bushes bearing fuzzy red tufts along the Cedar or Iowa rivers. Those botanicals are staghorn sumacs (Rhus typhina), and they can make a delicious late-summer drink that the First Peoples have been brewing for hundreds of years. (Think hibiscus-tea-meets-pink-lemonade!) A good friend taught me how to harvest and brew […]

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Ride, eat, repeat: The culinary ride returns

5th Annual IC Culinary Ride New Pioneer Co-op — Sunday, Sep. 20 at 8 a.m. This Sunday I’ll be wearing bike shorts all day, eating honest food, drinking local brews and peddling down bucolic Iowa roads. Why? Because it’s the 5th Annual Iowa City Culinary Ride. The Iowa City Culinary ride brings together cyclists, local […]

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New Oyster Cult: Mushroom foraging in the IC area

Early each spring, on sunny days when the oak leaves are still as small as squirrel ears, the “cult of the morel” emerges: Iowans, poking around south-facing slopes for the prized mushrooms. But morel hunting can prove frustrating. A day’s hunt may yield only a handful of undersized mushrooms, and prices for morels can exceed […]

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