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August 22, 2015: Family Fun in the Kitchen with LaVon and Miss NiNi

In this week’s podcast, Lavon and Miss NiNi talk tomatoes! Listen below or follow this link for more: No Cook Tomato Sauce  6 large fresh tomatoes 2 garlic cloves, chopped 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil or 2 tablespoons dried basil 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt Coarsely ground black pepper to taste Other […]

Meet a Culinary Gastronomist

I meet some of the most interesting folks in the Elwell Food Center at the Iowa State Fair! The interior of this site sits idle most days of the year, but annually for ten-plus days during the middle of August, this building “rocks” with creativity—gastronomic (the practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good […]

#FoodFavesFriday: Heavenly Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie

Heavenly Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie (Miss NiNi) Ingredients: ¼ c. butter 3 regular-size (1.55 oz) sweet chocolate bars 1 tub (15.9 oz) Jiff Chocolate Peanut Butter Whips 1 container (12 oz tub) frozen whipped topping, thawed 1 frozen, deep-dish pie crust (can use a pre-baked or graham cracker crust as well) Chocolate Sprinkles for […]

August 15, 2015: Family Fun in the Kitchen with LaVon and Miss NiNi

Lavon and Miss NiNi talk about making Zebra snack cakes in this week’s podcast. Listen below or click this link for more: ZEBRA CAKE— Ingredients: 1 c. granulated sugar 4 large eggs 1 c. whole milk 1 c. corn oil 1 t. vanilla 2 c. all-purpose flour 2 t. baking powder ¼ t. salt 1-1/2 […]

Little Missy, the Crown Jewel

This was not an ordinary day in Miss NiNi’s food lab. You might say that it was Project Family Legacy. The youngest female member of our clan was here to bake—and not just “fiddle around” baking either. Little Missy (our 6-year-old granddaughter) was on a mission to create the finest entries for the Iowa State […]

Des Moines Register Tabs “Create a Family Baking Legacy” a Food Contest to Sample

  The Des Moines Register has named Miss NiNi’s “Create a Family Baking Legacy” competition one of its Food Contests to Watch at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. The fair is recognized as the largest food competition of its kind in the United States. The competition is scheduled for August 16 at 1:30 p.m. In […]

#FoodFavesFriday: Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Fresh Mint

You’ll want to get to these #FoodFavesFriday beauties right away… they are best served fresh out of the oven! CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES with FRESH MINT— Ingredients: 1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour ½ t. salt ¼ t. baking soda 1/3 c. granulated sugar ½ c. light brown sugar 1/2 to 1 c. fresh, coarsely chopped mint leaves […]