• Jalapeno Popper Dip


    Source: Jennifer Williams
    Looking for a super quick recipe to use this tailgating season? This Jalepeno Popper Dip is sure to be a hit!
    Ingredients
    1. 2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese, softened2. 1 cup of mayonnaise3. 1 (4 oz.) can of chopped green chilies, drained4. 2 ounces of canned diced jalapeno peppers, drained5. 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese6. Tortilla Chips or Crackers
    Instructions
    1. Stir together all ingredients in a large bowl until smooth.2. Pour the mixture into a microwave-safe pan. Microwave on high for about 3 minutes or until hot.3. Serve with Tortilla Chips or ...

  • Practice Tractor Safety During Your Fall Harvest

    Fall is rapidly approaching, and that means that many of us are about to embrace everything that comes with harvest season (if we haven't already started). It's a busy time of year for farmers. However, no matter how much we have to hustle throughout harvest, it's critical to ensure that safety remains our top priority. Whether this is your first or fortieth harvest, it's important to review and refresh on key ways to practice tractor safety this fall. 
    Know Your Machine
    Every tractor is different. It's important to understand the specifics of yours and how it works. Fall is the ...

  • Why Fall Is The Perfect Time To Visit An Iowa Winery

    Iowa is known for some of the best agricultural resources in the world and this includes our local orchards and vineyards. As the summer continues to draw to a close, many of the Midwest's farming professionals who own groves and wineries are gearing up for their fall harvest. What does this mean for those of us that appreciate a great glass of, well, anything, really? That fall is truly the perfect time to visit an Iowa winery. 
    The Benefits Of A Fall Wine Tour 
    Heading out to one of our region's many wineries this September will offer you and your ...

  • Get Your College Tailgate On: Household Tips For The Ultimate Pre-Game Party

    As much as we may hate to admit it, fall is right around the corner. Silver lining? The cooler weather brings with it college football. And, where there's college football, there's college football tailgating. Follow a few simple household tips to ensure you're ready to throw the ultimate pre-game party before you get ready to cheer on your favorite team. 
    Your Tailgating Essentials Should Include: 
    The Food
    It goes without saying (but we'll say it anyway); every great party starts with the food. Tailgating is no exception; begin festivity planning by planning out your menu. Remember, it doesn't have to ...

  • When Farm-To-Table Meets Face-To-Face: Connect With Buyers At Next Farmers Market

    Including farmer's markets in your marketing plan is an excellent way to bring your harvest to your local community. Regional farmer's markets offer farms of every size and scope an opportunity to further its agricultural reach and overall exposure. Knowing a few critical tips on how to minimize stress while maximizing profits can ensure you make your mark at the next farmer's market.
    Come Ready To Impress Local Consumers 
    When gearing up for the next local event, consider these suggestions to optimize the overall experience:
    Bring Your Very Best
    As a farmer, you probably already know that image is everything ...

  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


    Source: wowredskins.com
    Ingredients

    1 cup butter, softened
    1 cup light brown sugar, packed
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 cup sour cream
    2 large eggs
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1.5 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 cups rolled oats
    1 cup dried blueberries (or any dried fruit)
    2 cups shredded coconut

    Instructions
    1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and sour cream and beat until smooth.2. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Stir this into the ...

  • Mug Meatloaf


    by: Jennifer Williams
    Whether you're in college and your only stove option is a microwave, or you need a quick and simple meal for one, this recipe won't disappoint!
    Mug Meatloaf
    Ingredients
    1. 1 tablespoon ketchup or BBQ sauce2. 2 tablespoons milk3. 2 tablespoons quick oats4. 1 teaspoon onion soup mix5. 1/4 pound lean ground beef6. Cooking Spray or cooking oil
    Instructions
    1. Combine the milk, ketchup (BBQ sauce), oats and soup mix in a small bowl, add ground beef and mix well.2. Lightly coat a microwave-safe mug or custard cup with cooking spray or oil. Roll meat mixture ...

  • Cinnamon Sugar Zucchini Banana Bread


    By: crazyforcrust.com
    Ingredients:

    1 cup granulated sugar, divided
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 medium overripe banana
    2 large eggs
    7 tablespoons sour milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
    2 cups all purpose flour
    1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 medium)

    Instructions:

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x5x3” loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
    Stir oil and 3/4 cup sugar with a wooden spoon. Add bananas, eggs, milk, vanilla, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and baking soda and mix until almost smooth (there will be some lumps from the banana).
    Mix ...

  • Basic Stir Fry (with 4 easy sauce options!)


    From: Jennifer Williams
    You don't have to sacrifice flavor if you’re cooking on a budget. I enjoy Asian style cooking and I love stir-fry because it is quick, easy, and versatile. A good stir-fry typically consists of three parts: protein, vegetables, and sauce. Optionally, you can add in aromatics or herbs to change the flavor of your dish. It is also a great use for leftover meat and vegetables. Serve with a side of cooked rice or noodles and you have a cheap and easy dinner!
    Basic Stir Fry (Serves 5-6)
    Ingredients

    1 lb. chicken, beef, or pork cut ...

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