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All hail the winter squash

September 23, 2016 To the uninitiated, the various winter squashes can cause a person to scratch her head and wonder, “What in the world do you do with that?” Those odd-shaped, odd-colored, hard-as-a-rock orbs found i... more »»

An award-winning cookie

September 16, 2016 BOONE — In her first year as a 4-H member, Claire Jonas had quite the successful experience at the Boone County Fair, taking home 15 ribbons this summe. more »»

For the love of baking

September 9, 2016 LAKE CITY — While some kids run lemonade stands, Tori Ellis, 11, sells homemade caramel rolls, pumpkins bars and more from a food stand in her family’s front yard along Main Street in Lake City. more »»

Autumn, cobbler season approaches

September 2, 2016 “I should otherwise, like it or not, have been home sweating in the kitchen canning peache. more »»

Cupcakes, monster bars

August 26, 2016 LATIMER — When Mardy Schaefer first started collecting recipes, she saved them in a file bo. more »»

Homemade bread

August 12, 2016 he tips and simple bread recipes in this article will inspire beautiful loaves and a whole new outlook on baking. more »»

Cooking for two or 20

August 5, 2016 By LYN VANDEBRAKE STORY CITY — Roommates Allyssa Doran and Alexia Siders, both of Story City, know just how to cook for two, or maybe 20. more »»

62 years and counting

July 29, 2016 LAKE CITY — Looking for deli fried chicken, bakery pies or other pre-made convenience food? Don’t be surprised if none of it turns up on the massive buffet on the Dial farm during the annual Fourth... more »»

It’s field good food

July 13, 2016 NORA SPRINGS — Joan Arthur was 12 when she decided to start cooking, “because I didn’t want to pick up rocks,” she said. more »»

Herb-infused jams in a jiffy

July 8, 2016 Discover the super-simple secrets of homemade jams chock-full of vibrant herb and fruit flavors. more »»

Dressed to impress

July 1, 2016 A good vinaigrette is basically just the result of good oil (1 to 2 parts) meeting good vinegar or citrus juice (1 part), plus a little seasonin. more »»

Very veggie

June 16, 2016 LAKE CITY — For a guy who didn’t care for vegetables as a kid, Adam Nockels has come a long way. Now he operates Raccoon Ridge Farm, which specializes in an array of naturally-grown produce. more »»

Dairy Month boosters

June 10, 2016 REMSEN — June is Dairy Month and a time for focusing on the nutrient value of dairy products and the producers who provide them. more »»

Family first on this farm

June 3, 2016 FOREST CITY — The farm of Greg and Kristi Wirtjes is located south of Forest City, about one mile into Hancock County. more »»

Curing meat at home

May 20, 2016 Trying to get back to our roots, my household has upped its involvement in home meat-processing projects in the last few years. more »»

Going gluten-free

May 13, 2016 By LYN VANDEBRAKE AMES — The year was 2010. more »»

Cooking A to Z

May 6, 2016 ROCKWELL CITY — Want to eat like a lion? Stop by the Rockwell City Public Library on Monday evenings when the local Lions Club meets every two week. more »»

Spring-fresh goodness

April 29, 2016 MARCUS — Produce it and put it on the table. Eva Henderson said she’s been a long-time advocate for growing what you feed your family. more »»

Retired to a hive of activity

April 22, 2016 By CLAYTON RYE HANLONTOWN — A pair retired Cerro Gordo County educators found that keeping busy as apiarists helps make their life sweeter. Especially at meal times. more »»

Try bison meat for great taste ...

April 15, 2016 By SCOTT MARTELLE From Mother Earth News Grass-fed bison has less than a quarter of the total fats of grain-fed beef — and less fat even than grass-fed beef — with slightly more fat than skinless... more »»



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