Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Pie

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


Knobby Apple Cake

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

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes

This week, it seems that people's gardens are bursting with ripe tomatoes! Gardeners are desperately trying to give away their produce because their vines can't take anymore. You can imagine my excitement after finding a recipe that capitalizes on other gardeners' hard work! Thanks again to Czech Village Antiques for another fabulous cookbook find! This baked stuffed … Continue reading Baked Stuffed Tomatoes