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A is for Anchovy

Now, before you say you hate anchovies, or you don’t really care for anchovies, or say, can you make this without anchovies please? NO! Give these little salty, briny, umami guys a break! What’s umami? It’s actually one of the five basic tastes along with sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Anchovies are a secret weapon. Fancy pants! Frequently asked questions. 1. Are they fishy? Well, … Continue reading A is for Anchovy

spaghetti pie

It’s my 44th trip around the sun this week, and while I’m more in-the-moment sensitive and emotional than retrospective, this year has me looking back. I’ve always had really great birthdays. I’m usually working, but that’s what made them so special. Employers, co-workers, employees, friends and my family always make the day incredible. Nothing over the top, Rick threw a surprise party for me one … Continue reading spaghetti pie

gravel roads, covered bridges, lite fm radio & adventure sandwiches

“First you must have the images, then come the words.” – Robert James Waller | Bridges of Madison County I know that we went to the Bridges of Madison County as a kid. I mean, I’m from Iowa…..but there is something about a random Monday afternoon with a packed lunch, great music and perfect company that made this little adventure memorable. Summer 1995, I auditioned … Continue reading gravel roads, covered bridges, lite fm radio & adventure sandwiches

farm to table

A crispy, fall October evening in rural Iowa was the perfect setting for the 2nd Annual The Harvest Gathering, farm to table dinner in Earlham, Iowa. Beautiful reclaimed long and round tables set (spatially) down Chestnut Avenue. Mismatched wine and water glasses, heirloom and velvet pumpkins, beautiful milk jug vases with tall pampas grass and vintage table settings. Having hosted a farm to table dinner … Continue reading farm to table