Monthly Archives: June 2008

CSA, week 3

Considering the weather, I didn’t really even expect to get any veggies from my CSA this week. But, amazingly, not only did ZJ Farms survive the powerful winds and damaging floods (minus one 102-year-old barn), the folks there were able to get out into the muddy fields to harvest fresh veggies.
So, here’s the full share [...]

CSA, week 2

I am convinced it’d be easier to snack healthfully if I had farm-fresh produce arriving at my house weekly all year round.
Last night, while cooking up a batch of Martha Stewart’s Chicken with Ginger – with extra veggies from this week’s CSA share thrown in — I munched on a handful of peas. Fresh, crispy and with [...]

CSA, Week 1

My CSA has begun! Week 1 came a little later than usual, thanks to the cold and rainy spring, but from the looks of our first box, it was worth the wait.

I was out of town for our first pick-up date (Monday, 6/2), but I’m splitting a small share with fellow Gazette reporter Carly Weber, [...]

Who has the best tenderloins in Iowa?

Where do you go when you want a really great tenderloin?
The Iowa Pork Producers Association is looking for the best breaded pork tenderloin in the state. To nominate the restaurant that you think has the best one, visit
The person who nominates the winning restaurant will win $100, and the winning restaurant will receive $200 and, [...]

Farmers Market Cooking Classes

One of my favorite Cedar Rapids summer events kicks off this weekend: The Downtown Farmers Market.
I love the way organizers transform my hometown’s downtown into a festival with food and craft vendors, wine tastings, live music and other entertainment. One of highlight, of course, is cooking demonstrations from local chefs. The demos are a great way [...]