How To Remove Garlic Smell From Your Hands you're chopping up garlic to make a compound butter...

And when you're finished...your hands REEK!

There are several ways to remove the smell.  You can rub your hands on your stainless steel sink...or...

Simply wash your hands with your morning coffee grounds!

The garlic smell will be gone...and the abrasive action of the coffee grounds will leave your hands incredibly soft and smooth.

It's a WIN-WIN situation.

Iowa City Farmer's Market...Pure Americana

What better way to spend an hour on the 4th of July than strolling through our local  Iowa City Farmer's Market?

So come along with me and see how our Saturday mornings in Iowa City look...and taste!
Got Salad?
Fresh Is Best!
Kale yes!
I can see better already!
Antler Ridge Elk Ranch
Chris and Family...Proud Elk Ranchers
Dessert...For Breakfast?
Something For Everyone...
A Jungle Of Blooms...
My Irish Is Showing!
Now THAT'S A Zucchini!
Rhubarb and Kohlrabi...Both Delicious!
The BEST Egg Rolls In Iowa...
And Speaking Of Eggs...
Like Chef Carla Hall Says..."I LOVE A Good Pucker!"
Natural Beauty
Blooms Everywhere!
Something To Wear?
Herbs Galore!
And Herb Vinegar Too
You Say Tomato...
What Else Would You Wear?  (LOVE The Shirt!)
Even More Booths Outside...
You can't have too much of a GOOD thing...and the Iowa City Farmer's Market just keeps growing and growing.

Farm to Table is a concept we value here in the Heartland...

Is This Heaven?
Eat Up.

How To Cook Perfect Rice

 If you want your rice to turn out fluffy every time, follow these steps...

First...Saute the rice in a little oil until it just begins to change color and it begins to "pop".  Then add your liquid.  (I sometimes use chicken broth instead of water.) Stir well and place the lid on tight for about ten minutes or until the rice is ALMOST cooked to your liking.  (You CAN lift the lid to check for "done-ness"'s NOT a sin!)

When almost cooked, remove from the heat and place about three layers of paper towel over the pot and replace the lid tightly.  (See the excess moisture begin to collect under the lid?)

Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.  Remove the lid, fluff rice with a fork, and
Dinner is Served...

God Bless America!

As we take time to celebrate this holiday with family and friends...
Please take a moment to remember all those who have sacrificed so much...

I hope your holiday weekend is filled with FREEDOM.

God Bless America...

Meemaw's "Rotten Potatoes"

While we were staying with grandkids in Indy, they asked me what I was making for dinner.  I told them au gratin potatoes...And they thought I said ROTTEN that name stuck.
But whatever you decide to call'll call them GONE by the end of the meal.

These spuds are a perfect side dish for a crowd of ANY size, and here is why.

Simply get out the baking dish the size you want to end up with...and fill it with these ingredients:

  • Spray the baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Sprinkle in a handful of thinly sliced onions.
  • Top with a layer of peeled and sliced potatoes.
  • Sprinkle with fresh or dried parsley.
  • Add salt and pepper
  • And REPEAT LAYERS until the dish is almost full.

Then slowly pour in HEAVY CREAM until you can see the cream almost up to the top potato layer.

COOKING TIP-HELPFUL HINT: If you substitute milk or even Half & Half the potato sauce will
curdle" this is a time for extravagance!  Use Cream!

Then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  And cover with tin foil.

Bake in a 400 degree oven until potatoes are ALMOST tender...about 45 min to an hour or more depending on how many layers you've made and how big the baking dish is...

When the potatoes are almost tender, remove the foil and cook another 15 minutes, uncovered, to brown the cheese on top.

Remove from the oven and let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving to allow the layers to firm up.

I've found that the simplest ingredients make the best dishes, and this is a keeper.  So no matter WHAT you call them...They will be the star of your next meal!

Tart Cherry Crumble

I couldn't find a recipe that used the ingredients I had on I combined several ideas and made up my own...


In a saucepan combine

2 cups pitted tart cherries with the juice
2 T. corn starch
a pinch of salt
Heaping 1/4 C. sugar
Heaping 1/4 C. brown sugar
1/2 tsp almond extract

Cook over med/high heat until bubbly
Then add 1T. orange juice and stir well and pour into an ovenproof dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

For Topping:
1/3 C. melted butter
1 C. oatmeal (uncooked of course)
1/2 C. brown sugar-packed
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 pinch of salt
Mix topping ingredients well until mixture is crumbly

Bake in a 350 degree oven fr 30 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is lightly browned.

(Be sure to place a cookie sheet under the dish in case the dessert bubbles over...and it may!)

And the finished product??

Bring on the Ice Cream!

Lucky's Market, Iowa City...This "Foodie" Says...WOW!

Today was Opening Day for Lucky's Market in Iowa City...

Lucky's Market Website

And I walked through the door with no preconceived idea of what to expect.

So as I entered the store, the first word that came to mind was...
For a Foodie like me...this is better than Disney World!!!

Obviously, the HUGE store was packed today on opening day...but I snapped these photos of the items that caught my eye during my quick walkabout...

The variety of fresh fruits and vegetables (many organic) is amazing...and the prices are LOW, as promised.

Everything looks and smells FRESH...REALLY FRESH...

The Juice Bar offered many choices...

And their "door buster" ground beef sale today was too good to pass up!

The Meat Counter was well stocked with fresh and unique items...

The Seafood Counter smelled fresh, and I was going to buy a pound of their peeled and deveined raw shrimp for $5.99...but I noticed they were shipped from India so I passed for today...

One of my MOST excited moments came in front of the Deli when I saw they stock La Quercia Prosciutto from Norwalk, Iowa!  These smoked meat Iowa Grown products are turning up in the fanciest restaurants in America.  (Chef Mario Batali raves about their products.)

Their Bakery is next to the you can get any kind of sandwich made while you wait...

The variety of bread options seemed almost endless...and the prices again were amazingly low.

The two-sided Salad Bar made my mouth water! 

(I know where I plan to go for Lunch VERY soon!)

This sign pretty much sums up the store's philosophy... can build your own meal and then head to the "Cafe" to sit down and savor your selections...

And there is a clearly outlined recycling method in the store...

And today they were giving out samples of their California Sushi Rolls...DELICIOUS!

Even though they used Imitation Crab...I would buy this package for $6.99...

And THIS sign make me think I might have died and gone to Heaven...
SIP and STROLL????
Waahoooo!!!  I'M IN!!!

 (I could spend HOURS wandering around this place...with or without a drink!)

And as I was leaving the store, I noticed this sign.  It seems that Lucky's Market expects to be in our community for the long haul...and they plan to give back as they grow their business.

That's a WIN-WIN situation for ALL of us.  (In fact, one of their management team members told me by January they hope that 10% of the products sold in their store will be Iowa products.)

So Lucky's...Welcome to Iowa City...and welcome to Iowa!  We're glad you came...and I'm pretty sure you'll be glad you came, too!