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The rewards of creativity

June 20, 2014 RUNNELLS—A flair for cooking, a love of Iowa agriculture and a competitive spirit have paid off in a big way for Cristen Clark of rural Runnells. more »»

Filling her bucket

June 13, 2014 ASHTON —From small to large, Lisa Huff and her family have experienced a bit of everything. It began innocently and basically just as an outlet for Huff’s artistic interest. more »»

Gardening helps her keep active

May 30, 2014 HAYFIELD — Margaret and Anton Trca were milking 100 purebred Holsteins daily when they decided to quit the dairy business in 198. more »»

Rising to the occasion

May 23, 2014 KAREN SCHWALLER kschwaller@evertek. more »»

Promoting his industry

May 16, 2014 GOWRIE — Not only is Lucas Pontius, 15, of Gowrie, learning his way around a kitchen at an early age, he’s also learning to promote the beef industry as a member of the Iowa Youth Beef Tea. more »»

Beef made easy

May 2, 2014 LOHRVILLE — When it comes to beef-inspired meal ideas, “fast,” “easy” and “tasty” are those three little words Darci Lightner loves to hea. more »»

Little quiet time in Kabisch kitchen

April 25, 2014 KINGSLEY — If you want to know what’s cooking in Carol Kabisch’s kitchen, one had best be quick. It’s all a matter of how much she’s got on her day’s agenda. Most often, it’s a quite a bit. more »»

Passing on food knowledge

April 18, 2014 CRYSTAL LAKE — Forty-two years ago, Marilyn and Roger Leerar, switched their careers and moved to Crystal Lake in Hancock County to begin farming. more »»

The pies have it

April 11, 2014 FORT DODGE — Webster County 4-H girls gathered at the Webster County Fairgrounds in March to get a hands-on try at baking pies. more »»

Kitchen trailblazing

April 4, 2014 By KAREN SCHWALLER MILFORD — Deb Wittrock said recipes are good to follow, but there are times when she prefers to blaze her own trail in the kitchen. more »»

Potluck pleasers

March 28, 2014 LATIMER — For Val Plagge, one of the joys of being a stay-at-home mom is preparing home-cooked meals for her family and friend. more »»

Meals made ahead

March 21, 2014 HOSPERS — Whether cooking for the family or for her husband’s business, Deb Van Bruggen said there always needs to be a large quantity of good, home-cooked food. more »»

The gospel of aronia

March 14, 2014 AKRON — Mary Luken said she’s one to often look for ways to make an extraordinary experience out of the ordinary. more »»

Grows her own bread grains

March 7, 2014 COULTER — Surrounded corn and soybean farms in Franklin County is the 5-acre wheat field on the Dennis and Cathy Carlson farm southeast of Coulter. more »»

Getting ready for asparagus

February 28, 2014 By SARAH SINNING From GRIT magazine As one of the most delectable harbingers of spring, asparagus spears will soon be poking up along fence lines and in gardens, to grace supper tables once again. more »»

There’s nothing fancy in her kitchen

February 21, 2014 SPIRIT LAKE — Sonya Wernimont said there’s nothing fancy about the cooking that happens in her kitchen. more »»

Kitchen motto: Easy does it

February 12, 2014 LAKE CITY — From traditional German bierochs to elegant desserts topped with Creme Anglaise, Barb Richardson, of Lake City, knows how to blend old-school farm cooking with a modern flair for... more »»

An old recipe rests in new hands

February 7, 2014 WEBSTER CITY — The tradition of the farm cook is in the good hands of the Richardson household a few miles south of Webster City. more »»

A lifetime in the kitchen

January 31, 2014 SHELDON — More than 70 years ago Marie Pomerenke was born in the exact kitchen where she would spend the rest of her years making meals and preparing the sweets that made this farm functio. more »»

How sweet it is

January 24, 2014 SIOUX CITY — Having just the right job involving a favorite personal interest isn’t the norm for many people. more »»



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