• Copycat Olive Garden Salad


    1 (9 oz.) bag of Italian Blend salad mix
    1/2 of a purple onion sliced
    3 Roma tomatoes sliced
    10 black olives
    5 Pepperoncini peppers
    1 bag of croutons
    1 container of shredded Parmesan cheese
    1 bottle of Italian dressing


    Start by slicing the onion and tomatoes. Then pour your salad mix into a large bowl. If you didn't want to use a salad mix, you could chop up romaine lettuce to fill the bowl. Then add the onions and tomatoes. Next drain and rinse the olives. Add ten olives to the salad and then add five ...

  • Chocolate Chip Bars


    1 1/3 cups of softened butter
    1 cup of granulated sugar
    1 cup of brown sugar
    4 eggs
    2 teaspoons of vanilla
    2 cups of flour
    1 teaspoon of salt
    1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
    2 cups of rolled oats
    1 (11.5) oz. package of chocolate chips
    2 Hershey's Chocolate Bars broken into pieces


    In a mixer beat 1 1/3 cups of softened butter, 1 cup of granulated sugar, and 1 cup of brown sugar together until creamy. Mix in 4 eggs and 2 teaspoons of vanilla.
    In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients together. ...

  • Chicken Enchiladas



    1 lb. cooked chicken
    1/2 of an onion chopped
    2 cups cheddar cheese
    1/2 teaspoon salt


    3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
    1 tablespoon of flour
    2 cups of chicken stock
    1 (6 oz.) can of tomato paste
    1 teaspoon oregano
    1 teaspoon cumin
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 (4 oz.) can green chiles
    1 tablespoon of brown sugar


    12 corn tortillas
    2 cups of cheddar cheese for the top


    Start by cooking the chicken. I seasoned the chicken with salt and pepper and then I baked it in the oven at 350 for 1 hour. ...

  • ISU Land Grant Legacy Project

    You guys! I am so humbled and EXCITED to be working on this project with Iowa State University. It really is Iowa's coolest little treasure hunt. If you haven't seen it yet, here is the video that does an excellent job of describing the project and why it's valuable to anyone with roots in Iowa. I hope you enjoy it!
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    Hello from the heartland! I'm Krystal... a farming wife and mom. I believe in living life and living it well. My Christmas tree is up year-round, usually half decorated. I'm a ...

  • Hunt’s Marketing Boasts No GMO Tomatoes

    Ready for another silly marketing ploy?

    The day after Christmas, Hunt’s (you know, the canned tomato company) proudly posted a video on Facebook showing a tomato field with the caption: “No matter how far afield you look, you won’t find a single genetically modified tomato among our vines.”
    Well done, Hunt’s. Actually, the same could be said for every single other company using tomatoes in any of its products. That’s because there are no genetically modified tomatoes available for commercial cultivation or sales anywhere in the entire world.
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    My name is ...

  • Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup


    6-8 potatoes
    1 cup chopped carrots
    1 cup finely chopped red onion
    1 cup finely chopped celery
    1 1/2 cups skim milk
    1 1/2 cups half and half
    1 lb. Velveeta
    1 lb. diced ham
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pepper


    First peel and dice your potatoes into bite size pieces. Next chop your carrots. Then chop the red onion. Next chop the celery into small pieces. Now combine all of your vegetables in a large cooking pot. Add just enough water to cover the vegetables. Cook on the stovetop until boiling. Then lower heat and cook ...

  • Cherry Topped Cheese Dessert


    14 full graham crackers (half of a box)
    1/4 cup sugar
    1/2 cup melted butter


    1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip (thawed)
    1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese (softened)
    1/2 cup sugar
    2 (21 oz) cans of cherry pie filling


    First we start by making our graham cracker crust. Put 14 full graham crackers in a bag (half of a box of graham crackers) and close the bag tightly. Now roll your rolling pin over it so that the graham crackers are fully crushed. Once they are crushed, you can put them in a ...

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