It's holiday treat season, and luckily I nabbed this Cedar Rapids Symphony of Holiday Cooking cookbook from Czech Village Antiques that I'll be using for the rest of December! Last week, my husband and I took a wonderful trip to Decorah, Iowa. After some unseasonably warm temperatures (55°F in December in Iowa?!), the dipping mercury and … Continue reading 1965 Christmas Wreaths
Happy Halloween, everyone!! It's the best time of year for fans of the paranormal like me. In honor of the sp00ooo0OOky holiday, I've written about a local haunted history legend and my experiences. If you hate ghost stories and local lore, skip down to the recipe for the 1979 Black Magic Cupcakes I made for … Continue reading Black Magic Cupcakes
One of my favorite fall activities is visiting the local apple orchards and sipping on cider and binging on doughnuts. Apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and local farms have become so much more than the fare they sell. They're community gathering places where kids can safely explore some green space, folks can learn about small-scale farming, … Continue reading 1964 Applemint Ripple Ice Cream
It wasn't until I heard of Beth Howard that I even considered making a homemade pie. Talk of Iowa first introduced me to Beth Howard and her cookbook. Across the airwaves Beth told me that I, that anyone, could make a pie! She spoke of her second book, Ms. American Pie, a no-fuss cookbook that takes all … Continue reading Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Pie
This past weekend was Apfelfest (Apple Fest) in the Amana Colonies. The Amana Colonies, which is now the most fabulously kitschy tourist destination in Iowa, used to be a German communal settlement until the 1930s. My soon-to-be mother in law owns a coffee shop in the colonies that served up some delicious apple coffee coke for the … Continue reading Knobby Apple Cake
Grant Wood's famed strawberry shortcake
Delicious chocolate cake with an unexpected ingredient.