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EXTREME Tailgating

By Jim Duncan Much more than burgers and beer The best story ...

Once upon a time

By Cady Colosimo and Jeff Pitts A look back at what some ...

Heirloom dishes

By Jim Duncan Old soul Iowa cooking that you simply can’t resist ...

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Strong prices, glass ceilings and ANCIENT HISTORY

By Jim Duncan Summer was good to Iowa agriculture. Despite lower feed corn prices, beef prices stood strong on demand. Pork did, too. “The vegans were finally halted at the gates of Vienna,” joked one commodities trader. Exports helped sustain all this, especially to Japan, China and the southside of Korea. McDonalds and Wendy’s were the big winners in the […]

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A time of reawakening

By Jim Duncan Spring was most definitely a time of reawakening in Iowa this year. After decades of reaping the seeds of denial sown by a state legislature filled with Farm Bureau lackeys, federal judge Leonard Strand dismissed all Des Moines Water Works claims against drainage districts in three northwest Iowa counties. He admitted that DMWW may well have suffered an injury […]

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Best kept-secrets

Popular in their neighborhoods but not necessarily destination restaurants for the general dining public — yet By Jim Duncan Most of us have a love/hate relationship with clichés. Too often they are trite or redundant, but sometimes it’s hard to find a better way to describe something. In the food world, we talk about “holes in the […]

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Mom’s new kitchens

Local ladies who star in the food business By Jim Duncan In most languages that apply gender to nouns, food is feminine. Italian is a rare exception. Americans who learn to cook usually learn from their mothers. My grandmother taught me to cook when she babysat me. Mom didn’t know until I surprised her by baking […]

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Perfect patios

Eating out, outside By Cady Colosimo & Jeff Pitts Summer breeze makes us feel fine. And why not, especially when the Des Moines metro offers so many options for patio dining? We highlight a few of the exceptional ones that you should consider when you prefer dinner and drinks under the sun or stars. GILROY’S KITCHEN + PUB […]

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