Category Archives: Fall 2007 Recipes

CHESTNUT AND APPLE COMPOTE

The Story: CHESTNUTS “Chestnuts roasting over an open fire……”, or so the song goes. Try this, to the same tune of course: “Chestnuts growing in Iowa….” It’s true. Chestnuts grow in Iowa, and now is the season to get them … Continue reading

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JAMAICAN GOAT CURRY

The Story: GOAT The Iowa Meat Goat Association (IowaMeatGoat.com) was formed in 2003, when it became clear that there was a proliferation of goat breeders across the state. Now there are over 100 members of the group who direct market … Continue reading

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LENA’S BEST EVER PUMPKIN PIE

The Story: PUMPKINS Lena Gilbert has farming in her blood. She worked on farming cooperative in Israel in the late 70s. Local farmers markets rooted her while living in San Francisco during the 80s. After a total of nearly 20 … Continue reading

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POACHED PEARS

The Story: PEARS It used to be that pear orchards were relatively common across the Iowan landscape. Now, most of Iowa’s pears are grown in backyards, producing fruit for those lucky enough to have a tree nearby. Iowa’s pears seem … Continue reading

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PORK WITH APPLES

The Story: PORK TENDERLOIN October is National Pork Month, or so says the National Pork Board which is in the business of promoting big, commercial pork producers. That’s big, commercial business here in Iowa where pork is one of the … Continue reading

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FETA PESTO

The Story: BASIL Indian Summer has brought summer back to Iowa this September; summer without the summer humidity, but happily with the summer sunshine. It’s unclear how long these days will last, but in the meantime, it gives us all … Continue reading

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BIG BATCH APPLESAUCE

The Story: APPLES Iowa was once the second largest apple producer in the country, not behind Washington but behind Michigan. The ubiquitous Red Delicious apple was originally called the Hawkeye, and was developed in the late 1800s by Madison County … Continue reading

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ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS

The Story: BRUSSEL SPROUTS My parents have a wonderful house in Western Massachusetts, where they used to haphazardly experiment in a small garden plot set against a panorama of idyllic rolling hills. They are not farmers by any means, (my … Continue reading

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PICO DE GALLO

The Story: JALAPENO CHILES Barry Eastman is a big fan of local produce and uses it with regularity at Rudy’s Taco’s in Waterloo. One of his favorites, this Pico de gallo, uses a ton of end-of-the-summer produce. “Pico de gallo … Continue reading

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