Tag Archives: Iowa City

An excuse to shop: Bags for a good cause

My time with Buttercup Bag No. 4 was short. It’s better that way, though. I was starting to get a little attached.
I made her Monday evening, photographed her before leaving for work Tuesday morning, and handed her over to the lovely ladies at Home Ec. Workshop several hours later during my lunch break.
She’s one of [...]

Easter shortbread

Jamie shared her basic “base” recipe, which I modified a bit, because I wanted to scale back the recipe. I added pumpkin pie spice too, but you could omit that and throw in whatever zests, nuts or spices you like best.
click through for the recipe

Crostini with Peaches and Blue Cheese

I’ve been wanting to try this recipe ever since I talked with Iowa City author Jeremy Jackson about his collection of al fresco recipes, “Good Day for a Picnic.”
That was more than 3 years ago.
(Please tell me I’m not the only one who lets recipes linger that long in the corners of her bookshelf!)
Anyway, it [...]

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 [...]