Eats

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A Fall First: Grade A Gardens CSA

After three years of working Saturdays at the Downtown Des Moines’ Farmers’ Market I finally pulled the trigger and decided to sign up for a CSA share with a local farm this fall. (Wait, a what? A CSA—which stands for Community Supported Agriculture—is a partnership between a farmer and a customer who purchases a share at the beginning of the season for a weekly delivery of fruits, vegetables and more)…

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Eats: Tony Packo’s

As I quickly learned, there aren’t a lot of interesting stops heading west along I-80 from Chicago to Connecticut, but one sunny afternoon of our road trip we stopped in Toledo, Ohio for a bite to eat and were charmed by Tony Packo’s…

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Eats: Evergreen Creamery

My last vacation in Michigan was al about things I love—ice cream, wine and, lastly, cheese. A neighbor of ours mentioned the magic that is Evergreen Creamery so naturally I had to check it out…

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Earl’s Berry Farm

Ever since I can remember, my family has been stopping at Earl’s Berry Farm. Located just a quick drive from our cottage on Lake Michigan, I spent a good chunk of my childhood picking berries in the field or licking ice cream cones at Earl’s…

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Eats: Pitchfork Pie Stand

If you’re a long-time blog reader you know that this wasn’t the first time I’ve visited the American Gothic House in search of pie. One Sunday last summer we set out in pursuit of the Pitchfork Pie Stand, only to learn that Beth had sold out the day before and wouldn’t be baking more. We were crushed, to say the least, but settled for milkshakes at the Rexall South Side Drug soda fountain in neighboring Ottumwa. But even over the course of a long winter we never forgot how much we wanted that pie…

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DIY Eats: Peppermint Marshmallows

I’ve been dying to try these peppermint marshmallows forever. Since I got a candy thermometer for Christmas (dream big, you guys), I decided our recent polar vortex was the perfect time to do a little marshmallow making…

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Chicago Tour de Pizza

Chicago may be known for its deep dish, but for a family of transplants (particularly mine) from the East Coast, the search for good New York style pizza is a serious and often tedious one. So when I was home for the holidays my father laid out his latest plan—a pizza crawl, similar to a pub crawl but with slices of pizza from different restaurants across the city…

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Eats: Doughnut Vault

It’s really no secret that I love donuts (I’ve blogged about them before too). So it’s not surprising that a number of friends passed along articles about and gave their hearty recommendations of one of Chicago’s newest donut eateries—the Doughnut Vault…

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DIY Eats: Fudge Ecstasy Cookies

I’ve never been much of a talented baker, but ever since I can remember, my mom has always been able to come up with incredible, delicious baked creations. These fudge cookies are one of her latest marvels and I’m slightly obsessed…