Venison Tacos

This recipe would also work with ground beef. I’ve been making versions of this for years, but there’s an additional step I recently incorporated that really makes a difference (the braising at the… Continue reading

Cauliflower Parmegiano Reggiano

I recently began to buy parmegiano reggiano rinds–because they’re cheap, and because I’d heard of some good recipes, like using them in stock, tomato sauce, that sort of thing. The first time I used them was… Continue reading

El Gallito in Tama

200 West 3rd Tama, IA 52339 Whenever I drive north on US 63 to Cedar Falls or Waterloo, I try to stop at El Gallito in Tama, Iowa–a Mexican store that recently expanded to… Continue reading

Le’s Chinese Bar-B-Que

1600 2nd Ave Des Moines, IA 5031 I was really happy to discover this place, which I think has the best Chinese (Cantonese style) barbecue in Des Moines, and probably Iowa. Whenever I’m preparing for a Chinese… Continue reading

Ajla’s in Waterloo

Ajla’s Bakery and Grocery 1206 W 9th St, Waterloo, IA 50702 Most of the clientele at Ajla’s the few times that I’ve been there have come in for the big, soft loaves and rolls… Continue reading

Clams Linguine

This is an easy recipe, since its main ingredients are canned (clams) and bottled (clam juice). Fresh would be much better, of course–but fresh clams don’t really make it to Iowa. It’s a… Continue reading

Herbed Potato Salad à la russe

This is a minimalist potato salad–a quick recipe I put together with what I had on hand in my kitchen and herb garden. I was inspired by the annual harvest of dill, one… Continue reading

Growing Tomatoes in Iowa

Almost anything grows in Iowa, especially tomatoes. You can buy seedlings, which are sold in every nursery, or you can start your own. When I first moved to Iowa in the nineties, few but the… Continue reading

Basic Meat Sauce for Spaghetti

I’ve been making this for years, and we had a version of it at home when I was growing up. This one is based on methods  learned from Stephen Pedalino, who I worked… Continue reading

On Mushrooms

I’ve always loved mushrooms, from the canned mushrooms of my childhood, which were pretty much all that was available forty years ago in Montana, to the fresh champignons that are now found in any… Continue reading