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Downtown Farmers' Market Season Opens This Saturday
After a winter that seemed as though it would never end, the opening of the 2018 Downtown Farmers' Market season this weekend is even more welcome than usual. From the first weekend of May (this year, that's May 5) through the last weekend of October, every Saturday morning you'll find almost 300 different vendor stands along Court Avenue and adjacent streets from Fifth Avenue (at the Polk County Courthouse) down to Water Street. In this, the forty-third consecutive year of the market, over 20,000 people come to the market on an average Saturday; this opening weekend, that number will double to an estimated 40,000 attendees. A comprehensive "What To Expect" article in the Des Moines Register this week reminds readers that, because of the long-lingering ...Read More
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Mother's Day Gift Gallery
Mothers' Day is next Sunday, May 13. We're sure you knew that, and were already planning your excellent gift for her. But on the very remote chance that you haven't decided on a particular present, or in the (very unlikely) instance that you just now remembered that you still needed to choose something, let us offer a suggestion (okay, four suggestions): Pick up a cute gift bag or themed gift box that reflects your parent's favorite food, drink, or cuisine. The Bakin' (Lovin' From the Oven) gift box (top left, $24) features five staff-selected favorite baking ingredients, the most essential pieces in an experienced baker’s pantry. The Host gift bag (top right, $18), would be perfect for the "Hostess With the Mostest" is a “just ...Read More
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Enchilada Sauce

May 1, 2018



Heat oil in a saucepan. Add flour to oil and whisk until mixture is smooth. Stirring continuously, allow the mixture to cook for 1 additional minute. Add chili powder and stir for an another 30 seconds.

Whisk in remaining indigents: chicken stock, tomato paste, and spices.  Allow the mixture to simmer for 15 minutes, allowing flavors to combine, before removing from heat.

Can be used immediately, or stored in an air tight jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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Blueberry Overnight Oats

April 24, 2018



Place the blueberries in the bottom of a jar and gently mash with a spoon. Add the rest of the ingredients, put the lid on, and shake to combine.

Place in the fridge overnight or up to five days.

Once you are ready to eat, transfer oatmeal from the jar to a bowl and enjoy!

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Dig In' For Earth Day This Friday, April 20
If you're looking for a meaningful-but-fun way to celebrate spring, and good, clean, sustainable local food in advance of the weekend Earth Day observances, this Friday, April 20, the newly-rechristened Central Iowa chapter of Slow Food USA is having a 'Dig In!' kickoff event from 2 - 5 pm at The Cheese Bar on Ingersoll Avenue. Local Slow Food members (including Farmer Jordan from Grade A Gardens) will be planting some heirloom seeds in the new raised beds, while we all enjoy some slow "bubbles and bites" in the sunshine on the new patio. Give-what-you-can day. The event will also be celebrating Slow Food USA's "Give What You Can Day," where any donation amount* during the "Dig In" Friday event makes you a member of ...Read More
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